As a tobacco consumer it is easy to believe that more people consume tobacco than those who don’t. According to the CDC, in 2014 only 16.8% of the U.S. Population smokes cigarettes. Why you might ask, do people who consume tobacco believe that everyone is a victim. In my experience, consumers associate many of their friends with the same habit as they have. In the end we think it is a normal or common habit.
The CDC also states that tobacco in the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. This means that approximately 1 of every 5 deaths or more than 480,000 deaths per year due to smoking (CDC).
As of July 2, 2016, I have made the decision to start the journey free of chewing tobacco. Let me give you some background history about my poor choice in pursing this nasty habit. I started using alcohol, chewing tobacco, and smoking cigarettes in one single day when I was 14 years old. It all started with the wrong influence or you could say the right influence. As a young child, the focus of blending in and being one of the cool kids as they call it is important to your image. Well no one would tell me that this image I created was that of complete disgust.
When I was 19 I finally made the decision to quit smoking due to Army basic training. It was easier for me to smuggle in chewing tobacco than it was to smoke. Everyone knows that smoking creates this nasty bubble of smell that follows you around all day. Smokers begin to lose the sense of smell and lose the ability to identify the full extent of that smell. As non- smokers you know what I am talking about. It’s an awful smell.
In my experience, it is always easier to create an excuse to keep doing it or consuming. If the addiction is bad enough we will always make excuses or accommodations to continue the habit. In the next post I will continue to explain my past history with the consumption and the ending of my relationship with tobacco.
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