Top Reasons Why Someone Might Pickup That First Cigarette

Life/Recreation - General
By: ranjanmalhotra    
10-Feb-2017

Introduction:There might be endless reasons why someone first picks that cigarette; some of which necessarily include peer pressure, social rewards, risk taking attitude, parental influence, misinformation, genetic predisposition, advertising, self-medication, media influences, stress relief etc., to name but a few. Let us delve more into each of the reasons; to find what most triggers the obsession!

  • 01

    Peer Pressure

    While there are many unique and inter-aligned reasons that influence someone into smoking, peer pressure is perhaps one of the biggest one. The most vulnerable class of peer pressure influence of smoking is teen agers. The awkward years between parents-dependent childhood and independent adulthood are marked by a number of milestones - frustrations, insecurity, physical changes, family roles etc put pressure on them to try out new stuffs, smoking being one. A smoker teen does not want to remain alone whereas not-yet-smokers do not want to project themselves as afraid to try.

  • 02

    Social Rewards

    Another key reason why people start smoking is the urge to belong to a group or class. Social rewards are gifts people think they receive when they participate in the group activity. For example, smokers of an office might bond well with each other while they smoke after a lunch break. The occasional ridicule generated by non-smoking people often influence smokers to belong to the same group where they can freely share their agony with each other.

  • 03

    Risk-Taking Attitude

    You might get fined for smoking. But, there's a thrill in breaking the rules and young people might easily fall in the trap. In a world, that has made every effort to alienate smokers putting in no smoking zone, no smoking signs, general restrictions; smokers might sometimes feel it is tempting and challenging to break the law; regardless of what the consequences be.

  • 04

    Parental Influence

    Research studies show parents of children who smoke or used to smoke are more likely to have children who will smoke. Parental influence is more likely tagged with chain smoking. On the other hand, other than parental influence, a child is more likely to try smoking even if he or she is exposed to family members who smoke.

  • 05

    Misinformation

    Certain brands are better than others, tobacco can boost vitality, light cigarettes are better than others - these misinformation and sometimes traditionally cultured myths are to a great extent influence one's decision whether or not to try smoking.




Final Thoughts

Other than the above reasons, as we mentioned earlier, genetic predisposition(body's response to tackling obsession), advertising(mostly restricted today), media (where celebrities are shown smoking), self medication (stress relief, feeling happy) also contribute to a great extent if someone will pick up that first cigarette and gradually become a chain smoker; and give up the idea whether they will be socially neglected or get fined for smoking.

If you can't quit smoking now, you can make it a hobby rather than habit and gradually work around minimizing its affects until you are at complete control of the obsession.


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