Stopping Smoking Fast Becoming Absolutely Involuntary
by Ralf Elgrant
If the truth be told, stopping smoking is not easy. Even though education on the dangers of smoking is still underway in many countries there is an increasing general understanding of reasons to stop smoking amongst people who smoke.
Most of the work and campaigns around anti-smoking have mostly been persuasive. In other words campaigners have been working hard to convince people who smoke to consider smoking cessation on the strength of their own willingness to do so.
However a careful consideration of the modern day world will quickly point to a new phenomenon that will most certainly in the coming few years force people who smoke to be driven into isolation and effectively into involuntary smoking cessation.
In North America alone more than ever before, more states are adopting anti-smoking laws that ban smoking in most public places such as bars and hotels and workplaces.
This means more and more people will not be able to smoke in many places freely as was the case before.
A recent research published in Canada showed that workplace smoking restrictions actually helped reduce tobacco smoked by an individual by up to five cigarettes.
Amongst those observed there was no desire to compensate for lost cigarettes during breaks such as lunch hour or after working hours.
The conclusion here being that smoking bans may actually help reduce and eventually cause smokers to completely cease smoking. A strong scientific point to promote government tobacco ban initiatives.
In Europe and the UK in particular the penalties for smoking in public places are too ghastly to contemplate. Public transport and public buildings are mandated to display no smoking signs at all times. All these measures are working out one thing in common - the sustained alienation of those who smoke cigarettes.
Earth lovers who are keen on saving the planet from harmful toxins are equally effective stopping smoking campaigners. Today there is less tolerance for harmful substance emissions into the environment. Things will only get more serious.
Take this for example; in China there are an estimated 350 million tobacco smokers. On average a smoker consumes 20 cigarettes per day. This means up to 7 billion cigarettes are smoked in China alone daily.
The harmful combined cigarette smoke emissions into the environment are not too difficult to imagine. Let alone the trees cut down to produce paper for the cigarettes design and manufacture and the packaging. Trees and vegetation in general is key in regulating global carbon emissions responsible for accelerating global warming.
More questions than before
As society becomes more and more health and environmentally conscious it will increasingly become questionable for one to continue smoking let alone start smoking.
Society will increasingly question the integrity of an individual who self distracts by continuing to smoke in light of all the overwhelming medical evidence on the dangers of smoking and smoking disease.
Questions such as would you entrust you company to be run by someone who smokes will be asked. Smoking will bring into question issues of individual personal responsibility, judgment and accountability.
Without a doubt stopping smoking is fast becoming absolutely involuntary.
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