Many people have tried a form of tobacco at some point in their life. Whether from the pressure to be “cool,” or seeing a parent smoking and wanting to know what it was like, there are a number of reasons for wanting to experiment with tobacco smoking.
There are currently close to 46 million smokers in the country, with almost 90% of them picking up the habit in their youth. Most of these people never dreamed that they would develop a lifelong addiction to nicotine. For some, the few cigarettes they smoked as a teen on a wild night out slowly grew into 1-2 packs per day. Others simply followed in the footsteps of a parent or sibling, modeling their behavior in such a way.
Smoking is not just a bad habit like biting our nails or gossiping. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. In fact, smokers are much more likely to develop lung cancer, heart disease, and suffer from a stroke than non-smokers.
If you are suffering from the effects of smoking, you can be a role model for your family and teach them by example to stay away from tobacco. One of the best ways to lead by example is quitting. Another way is to seek treatment and other opportunities to get better. Your example will demonstrate not only the painful effects of smoking but the lifelong challenges that it can present.
If you are suffering from COPD-related symptoms as a result of smoking, you may also consider participating in a research study to learn more about your condition and help doctors better treat those who suffer from it. Important studies are currently enrolling now in the Winter Park, FL area at Florida Pulmonary Research Institute. Study participants receive free study-related care by medical professionals and board-certified doctors and are compensated for their time and travel expenses. Learn more by clicking HERE.