Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Warning To Public Smokers

By Alon Calinao Dy: Every time smokers buy a pack of cigarettes, there is always a label that says "Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health." Although they can read this tag, people always ignore the warning therein contained.

People are concerned about public health. Smokers pose serious threats to vulnerable people such as pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people who have asthma. 

Many smokers are irresponsible and disrespectful to non-smokers. They smoke everywhere they want and are inconsiderate as they don't care even if you are sensitive to cigarette smoke.

I'm so tired of smokers. I have confronted some rude group of smokers before and kicked their butts out. Of course, I understand the fact that everywhere you go, particularly in the Philippines, there are thousands of them. They are virus. I mean viral. 

I know, no matter what I do, some people are still lighting up because it is an addiction that needs rehabilitation.

For me, it is a disorder that needs immediate and proper attention by healthcare professionals and people involved. Smokers quit smoking for a while, but they tend to go back to their old habits of smoking for unknown reasons. That's why I'm so tired of them.

Sounds like drinkers and smokers are close relatives. Those who drink are the ones who smoke and vice versa. Sometimes, cigarette smokers are interconnected with drug and marijuana users. I do not hold hostile view against smokers, but I am in opposition to the risks of passive smoking.

To be fair, just because people smoke, it doesn't mean they are considered bad. It is just a large number of them have no right attitude towards others. If you smoke, it requires discipline. You are also responsible for the health risks and fatal consequencies. If I were a judge, I would consider smoking a crime.

Why is smoking bad for you?

We all know the bad effects of people who smoke. For sure, it's not a nature-friendly habit. Personally I believe it is not a stress reliever either, for some, it is. I respect your own opinion. Whatever the reason is, cigarette smoking is deadly. Check out  my poem entitled Stop Smoking.

It's no secret,
Cigarette smoking is a deadly habit,
Whether you like it or not,
It already killed a lot...

It sets you free,
Free to be productive and healthy,
Free to have a happy family,
As you can't enjoy being a retiree.

It's dangerous to your health,
A leading cause of lung cancer death,
My dear friend, stop smoking now,
Save your life and your dreams of tomorrow.

How many times you've been told,
That your life does matter and can't be sold,
How many times in a year,
People have died of lung cancer?

Yes, you're young and full of spirit,
Who takes for granted smoking threat,
Perhaps, you'll not see now the effect,
And laugh at me like an insect.

It is always your choice,
And my only piece of advice,
Take good care of your health,
Because it's your greatest wealth.
--Alon Calinao Dy

According to The Center for Disease Control, smoking is responsible for lung cancer in 90 percent of lung cancer patients. You can also have bowel cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, and other incurable diseases.

Why? Because cigarette contains nicotine, which is carcinogenic and highly addictive. It also has carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas. If you inhale this colourless and odourless gas, it can lead to coma and death. Lastly, cigarette contains tar, which consists of several cancer-causing chemicals.

Indeed, smoking is also accountable to other diseases such as coronary disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and many more.

So whether your problems are smoking or drinking and both, there are many programs out there who can prevent these addictions. The first important thing you need to do is to acknowledge the problem. The rest is to seek help.