Smoking: Why do they do it?
When you walk in the street, you can’t help but notice people walking around you blowing puffs of smoke into the air… Smoking has become one of the traits of the people of the 21st century. Almost every supermarket or grocery store that you walk in to sells cigarettes, which became a part of the daily lives of many people. As the number of people who smoke grows, we ask ourselves the question; why do people smoke. I will try to shine some light on this topic.
When asked why they smoke, many people claim that it helps them deal with stress. Some medical researches that were conducted to investigate this issued showed that smoking indeed can calm or soothe a person to some extent. However, psychological research has shown that many people are calmed not because they smoke cigarettes, but rather by the process of smoking itself. These people seem to relax as the blow puffs of smoke or circles into the air as if in some sort of trance. This was one of the reasons why the US government issued free cigarettes to US soldiers who served in Vietnam and other places.
Some people smoke because of peer pressure. This is especially common among youths, teenagers, and young adults. These people claim that they smoke because it’s “cool” and that all of their “cool” friends smoke, so they want to be like them. Others say that they smoke to fit in. Sometimes, when sitting among smokers, it is really hard to refuse to smoke because it would make you stand out, and many people just want to blend in, and so they give into the temptation of smoking. This often happens to teenagers after school, in parties, to college students during breaks, and in other various social gatherings.
In some cases, the environment that you grew in can influence whether you smoke or not. If you grew up in a family were one of your parents, siblings, or relatives smokes, there is a higher chance that you will smoke, because we often view or see these people as role...