Let’s face it, smoking is an addiction. When the iconic Hugh Jackman puffs a cigarette in his X-Men blockbuster movie Days of Future Past, many associate the act of smoking with his ripped body and macho character. What they don’t know is that thousands of people around the world die each year due to smoking-related diseases.
Addiction in Australia
In the Land Down Under, smoking leaves a toxic reputation as tobacco-related complications — heart disease and lung cancer specifically — claim about 14,900 Australian lives. And the number of victims keep on growing by the year.
If you or your loved one is suffering from tobacco addiction, getting assistance is ideal. This is especially if deep inside you know that you or your loved one should stop smoking now to save yourselves.
Nicotine is highly addictive. Once the habit has set in, kicking it becomes almost impossible. This becomes further complicated with physical withdrawal symptoms, which usually manifest when it’s time to quit.
Deadly Gets Promoted
Smoking may be one of the most maniacal serial killers of all time. Looking at all the big and flashy ads along the highway, featuring the best cigarette brands the world has to offer, you would think that cigarette smoking is cool and never dangerous. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that tobacco companies in the U.S. have spent $9.6 billion marketing their latest cigarette offerings in 2012 alone.
This fact surely is difficult to accept, knowing that over six million deaths are smoking-related. Tobacco Atlas reports that the six leading tobacco companies in the U.S. have over $35.1 billion profits in total in 2012, exceeding the combined profits of McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Microsoft on that same year.
Quitting is a tedious process, a long and winding road best undertaken with commitment and the right medical expertise. Don’t lose hope. You’ll achieve your goal with the right motivation and assistance.