Why Do So Many People Smoke?

Lots of people start smoking because of various reasons, possibly known to them only.
However there are few reasons that are common to most smokers. Some of these reasons are
personal attitude, cooling of stress and pressure from peer group.

Most youth are often subjected to pressure from peer group either good or bad. As a young
person you will want your friends to accept you into their ‘click’. You won’t want to feel inferior.
Because of this you will end up mimicking their behavior and it will even make it easy for them to
compel you to do what they are doing.

If you happen to be in group of people that smokes cigarettes, because of their availability there
is possibility you will start doing same thing. In the book “Unlocking the Secrets of Your
Childhood Memories”, Dr Kevin Leman said … “One day when I was seven, as I walked to
school I found a brand new, un-smoked Viceroy cigarette lying on the ground. I picked it up and
slipped it into my pocket. After school I was walking home when an older kid from our
neighborhood came by on his bike. He was twelve and sort of my hero-the Eddy Haskell type. I
didn’t know how to smoke, but I had that cigarette in my pocket and I wanted to learn. So I
asked “Eddy” for a ride, and as I slipped up on the handlebars, I put the Viceroy in my mouth
and said, “Hey, ‘Eddy’ … got a light?” And it was on that ride home I smoked my first cigarette
feeling very big and touch – just like “Eddy.”

Apart from the pressure from peer group most teenagers often start smoking to protest against
the existing rules of the society. They will want to feel different and/or rebel. This type of attitude often leads
turn them to become addicted to smoking when they grow up.

However, that was then and this is now. Now is the best time to make a wise decision and quit for good!