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1 in 4 People in the World Today, Smoke
Despite all the knowledge of the consequences to health, absolutely zero health benefits (even alcohol has some), people still choose to begin smoking and, more importantly, the world still allows it.
So why do people begin
Many of the reasons can be age related. Smoking is an adult activity
and young people like to emulate adults. There may be pressure from others, the reasons are many but it only takes one...
Growth of use against knowledge of side effects
Tobacco became available globally in the 1880's and consumption has grown ever since. The biggest increases were observed during and after the two world wars. Knowledge
of the adverse health effects only
started gaining public acceptance in the late 1960's. By then both
governments and the tobacco related industry depended on it's revenues, and millions were addicted anyway.
Quitting smoking has also become an industry
As well as initiatives funded by governments there are profitable organizations whose entire business is
helping people quit. Ranging from gum and pharmaceuticals to hypnosis and no smoking days.
The future for tobacco
With governments not choosing a ban the only other choice is to stop people starting in the
first place. The price of cigarettes has been proven to help in this regard. Those on
a low income, such as teenagers,
who are greatly aware of the health issues anyway will not
start an activity that also costs them too much.
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