I think by now most of us understand the dangers of smoking cigarettes. I can’t imagine there is someone reading this who has never been made aware of the health effects of smoking. But supposing I am wrong, here’s a rundown of what smokers can hope to gain by continuing to smoke. The list is courtesy of Health Canada.
And as a woman, we can add to the list:
Males can add to the list:
That’s quite a list, isn’t it? The fantastic news is that if you smoke now, the sooner you quit, the sooner you can reverse this incredibly dangerous trend. In fact, smokers who quit can begin seeing some immediate benefits within hours, such as ability to breathe, smell and taste food, and improved sleep. Others come in time and are remarkable.
Canada is considered to be a leader, ranking 4th of 198 nations, in its fight to educate consumers about smoking. This approach must be working because only 17% of Canadians still consider themselves smokers. Depending on one’s personality, one might see this glass as being half empty or half full, but consider this, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), estimates that more than 23% of Americans still smoke cigarettes.
Is Canada Doing Enough?
Some say no. Recently PLOS Medicine published an article arguing that the only logical step in the war on tobacco is to require smokers to obtain a licence, just as those seeking permission to drive or fly. If Canada adopted such a stance, the licence would:
The idea is that making smokers jump through hoops to maintain their habit would be so burdensome they would eventually quit.
The Pros and the Cons
Both advocates and those opposed have weighed in on the debate. These are some of the arguments I have come across:
What do you think?
Until next time,
Peace, love and vitamin C!
Jennifer Pretty began her career as the director of artist development for a well-known Canadian music label. Branching out on her own, she then started her own PR business “Pretty Media Management” planning and hosting various charity, entertainment and fashion events. As a dance and fitness class enthusiast Jennifer is a firm believer in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She also loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends and most importantly living life to the fullest!