Everybody knows smoking is bad for you. But then why do they do it? Why do people continue to do something they inherently know is killing them?
Do they even care? Do they do it because they don’t respect themselves?
Here are some reasons why they do…
They started in high school and never stopped.
Same thing happened to me.
People find it incredibly difficult to quit and they end up relapsing time and time again.
It’s very easy to start back up. You’ll see when you quit.
You’ll immediately notice the withdrawal symptoms, and the crazy scenarios that go through your head.
Nicotine is one the most addictive things on the planet, and it will stop at nothing to get you to continue smoking, and keep you addicted forever, until you die.
Another answer might be because of peer pressure.
Everyone in the world goes through it at some point in their life. No one is exempt from it.
There’s always going to be some sort of outside influence trying to persuade you to smoke.
Maybe some people smoke because all of their friends do. It happens quite often.
Maybe they feel like the pressure would be too much if they quit, because everyone around them continues to smoke.
It’s incredibly difficult when people smoke around you 24/7, especially if you’re in your 20’s still.
You have to detach yourself from that environment.
You can’t stop, and then go hangout at a party. You’ll end up in relapse and back to square one.
Some people just don’t care.
They don’t have enough self-respect. They don’t care about lung cancer, or a horrible death. They aren’t afraid of that.
“All the bad stuff that happens is far into the future.”
Some people are so wrapped up in their addiction that it becomes engraved into every part of their daily life. They are powerless to do anything about it because they have become a slave to it.
Other people think it looks cool, and that they will be perceived as cooler by others. It’s such a joke.
It doesn’t make you look cool, it makes you look stupid! But that doesn’t stop most people.
They think it’s the cool thing to do to go outside and puff away, regardless of what temperature it is outside. It could be 40 below and they’d still go outside and think they’re cooler than others.
I smoked because I was stressed out at work, and in my mind, it took away some of that stress.
Had I known if I was not a smoker in the first place, I would not be getting stressed out nearly as much.
I think most people smoke because they believe it takes away their stress.
In the beginning, that may in fact be true. It does get you high, after all. Well, at least it did 20 years ago, right?
But the more addicted you become, the more you’ll notice that the stress you’re having is directly relating to physical withdrawal from nicotine, NOT from whatever is happening at work at that given moment.
Quit smoking, and those stressful moments at work become fewer and fewer.