In today’s society, there is a large number of people who smoke occasionally – or on a daily basis; but either way – as they begin to do so – a series of consequences are always soon to follow. For – after a short while – one cigarette has the ability to turn into one pack, and one pack has the ability to turn into two; but since the purchase of nicotine products is legal, such an addiction is oftentimes dismissed – and seen as normal in the eyes of the public.
In turn, it’s important to be aware of this type of substance abuse because through it addicts are able to go as far as smoking in front of family members – and friends – with little to no protest. In other words, the loved ones they are surrounded by may only see them with one or two cigarettes – when in reality they’ve had many more while under the radar. As a result, this can lead to a wide range of health risks – which contribute to endangering their wellbeing.
Consequently, there are people who already have underlying health issues – who still continue to smoke – because of how deep they are in their addiction. One example of this can be seen in those who have mild to severe asthma, yet continue to use; this can worsen their attacks – and how frequently they occur – by triggering them. However, this won’t be a reason to stop for those who are in the pit of addiction – and struggling to crawl their way back up.
Another example is if the addict has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), yet continues to smoke. Since there’s no cure for this particular illness, the individual can worsen their symptoms over a short amount of time. Consequently, this can cause them a plethora of problems since COPD already aims at making it hard to breathe over time; in other words, the person would just be speeding up the process.
In conclusion, although cigarettes are a societal norm – nicotine addiction should be anything but downplayed. Fortunately, the opportunity to seek out help is always readily available – for those who are struggling; it is only then that they are able to get the treatment they need – so that they can be back on the road to a healthy life.
Every place is different when it comes to the health of a certain group of people. For one may live in the mountains, and in turn find himself/herself dealing with an extensive amount of respiratory problems due to the high altitude. A similar case of such can be seen for those located in highly polluted areas, as it can cause a plethora of respiratory problems for them as well. But weather, and/or environment is not the only factor that can cause one’s health to deteriorate, for sometimes it isn’t one’s surroundings, but instead what one subjects himself/herself to.
As a result－when putting climate aside－an extensive amount of research shows the most prominent health risks that people might in fact place upon themselves, no matter the country, state, province, etc. Two places in which we see variations in the health of the people are in both France and Canada. But what is going on in each location?
First and foremost is France where we find that “cancer is the leading cause of death in France, accounting for 25%. However, these are gender differences: 33% of all deaths among men were related to cancer, while this portion was lower among women (24%).” Not only that, but “cardiovascular diseases accounted for the greatest share of female deaths (27%).” But it is with such that we see the potential cause(s), coming in the form of smoking in young teens. Similarly, we see the health risk of cancer in that of Canadians, as well as “cancer and other major chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and diabetes continue to be the leading causes of death amongst all Canadians.” Not only that, but a comparison can be drawn again as factors for the diseases that Canada faces are also contributing to substance abuse in youths－no matter whether it be through drugs or alcohol.
In conclusion, it is only through seeing the trends in Canada, France, and others that one can become more informed and literate to such, and action can then be taken in an attempt to improve the health of the general population. But, such change must first begin with the individuals themselves if they are taking part in activities that weaken their health, rather than strengthening it. For, in every country certain factors cannot be helped, but for one to make changes in his/her health－and/or in the areas that one is able to－can still make all the difference.