When did you start smoking？This question, I believe you will think of the scene of smoking,
I learned to smoke in my senior year, and I became addicted later. My parents did n’t know it at first. Later my parents knew and started to supervise and criticize me. But as time passed, I found that I could not change this smoking habit. To make smoking less harmful, I started vape at the age of 26.
I believe that different people have different answers. Many people don’t know about e-cigarettes, so they started to smoke traditional cigarettes. Maybe they only knew e-cigarettes by chance and started vaping.
Some people started smoking before they went to elementary school. I remember a little Indonesian boy, Aldi, who started smoking when he was 2 years old. He can smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He later quit smoking with the help of the Indonesian government.
Some people start smoking in elementary school, junior high school, high school, or adulthood. But once you learn to smoke, you will become obsessed with smoking and it is difficult to quit. Especially at a very young age, nicotine will cause more addiction. But they haven’t started vape yet. Maybe they do n’t know about e-cigarettes, so when did you start vape?
Therefore, many European countries should strengthen the implementation of effective tobacco control policies for adolescents, in particular by increasing the price of tobacco products, implementing legislation on the sale of tobacco to minors, and banning advertising in ordinary tobacco packaging.
Smoking age required by law
Most countries require the legal smoking age to be 18, such as Bulgaria, Spain, Russia, Australia, Norway, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, etc. Some countries or regions have a legal smoking age of 19, such as South Korea, the United States Alabama, Utah, New Jersey, etc., while Singapore, New York City, and California law require 21 years of age to legally purchase tobacco. And every country will clearly stipulate that smoking is prohibited, such as prohibiting smoking in parks, beaches, pedestrian streets, boardwalks, swimming pools, restaurants, bars and other areas.
Although each country has clear regulations on smoking age and smoking venues, many other countries do not follow these regulations and there are many smoking groups. There is no clear age for smoking in China. China is the country with the highest smoking rate in the world. Studies indicate that the average age of initial smoking is only 11 years old. Indonesia is the country with the highest smoking rate in the world. It is not uncommon to see elementary school students smoking in rural Indonesia.
According to official data, in a child between the ages of 13 and 15, nearly 70% of men and one-fifth of children smoke. This is an epidemic. Although Indonesia ’s legal minimum smoking age is 18, the industry is basically It remains unregulated, especially in the more remote parts of the country.
Studies in the United States and much of Europe show that smoking usually begins at the age of 15 to 16. In the United States, the average age of adult smokers to start smoking is 15.3 years. According to a study in the journal 《PLOS ONE》, smoking rates peaked in the 21st century across European countries, with boys at 16 and girls at 15.
Harm of smokingAccording to World Health Organization statistics, the number of smokers worldwide may be declining, but about 6 million people worldwide die from smoking every year.
Lungs turn black
Some scientists did an experiment. A glass cover was stuffed with cotton to simulate the lungs. The cover was connected with a smoking port and an exhaust device. One pack a day. The cover was drawn for one month. On closer inspection, the hood has been smoked brown and greasy. The cotton inside has a lot of disgusting black gelatinous substances, tar mixed with various substances! Think about it, what would it look like if it were your lungs? The smoke produced by a cigarette contains more than 7,000 known chemicals, of which there are no less than a hundred of them, and there are 69 clear carcinogens. If you smoke a pack of cigarettes every day, harmful substances will continue to accumulate in the lungs. Just like the cotton in the hood.
According to statistics from the Dental Association, men smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years and lost an average of 2.9 teeth. Tufts University in Boston, after investigating the relationship between smoking and tooth loss, 30 years of research data show that smokers Losing teeth is twice as likely as non-smokers and twice as likely to have periodontal disease; the more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk of gum disease; the longer you smoke, the greater your risk of gum disease.
Looks older than his peers
Nicotine in cigarettes is a toxic substance that can destroy vitamin C, which is used by the body to make collagen. The skin has elasticity and gloss because of the presence of collagen, and nicotine destroys vitamin c, so the body's collagen The protein will decrease and the skin will be loose and wrinkled. Smoking also narrows blood vessels, which means less oxygen and nutrients can reach the skin. Studies have shown that a cigarette can make the skin in a state of hypoxia within 90 minutes. If you smoke for a long time, the skin will become darker and darker, and people with darker skin will look older.
From 18 years old, a pack of cigarettes a day, to 35 years old, smoking 6205 packs of cigarettes, 86,670 cigarettes, the damage to the body will be irreparable, cherish life and stay away from cigarettes.
How to quit smoking
If we have been smoking traditional cigarettes because of our dependence on nicotine, it is difficult for us to control our desire to smoke. Here we can choose a substitute product: electronic cigarettes. E-cigarette burning will not produce tar and carcinogens, and the smoker's lungs will not turn black.
High tar and low tar have different effects on the body. I have smoked for 20 years. I feel that products with high tar will definitely cough and get sputum every morning. A normal man in his thirties is like an old man in his seventies. Until I used the e-cigarette, the e-cigarette did not produce tar at all. After smoking, I have no longer coughed and no sputum.
E-cigarettes will not cause second-hand smoke to harm relatives, friends, etc., and it will not harm teeth.
Although smoking is bad for the body, in order to control our desire to continue smoking, I think that e-cigarettes are indeed a great smoking cessation product. We can control the amount of nicotine ourselves, we can slowly reduce nicotine, and even do not smoke e-liquid with nicotine, and finally quit smoking. Finally, I hope every smoker can successfully quit smoking!