Why Do People Still Smoke Even Though They Know the Risks?

@karlim (122)
Singapore
June 10, 2011 9:28pm CST
I get annoyed when someone's smoking in front of me on the way to work, I try to walk pass them but still can smell the smoke. Why do people still smoke even though they know the risks? :-(
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13 responses
@indahfth (11164)
• Indonesia
11 Jun 11
I also felt annoyed by people smoking near me. My husband is also a smoker. each my husband, smoking, I chose to stay away from my husband. Many people who smoke say, smoking is a pleasure. So, despite adverse health, they chose to continue smoking.
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@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Hi Kak Indah, I think smoking is wasting of money too and it is like burning the cash money. I saw some poor people have nothing to eat but still smoking on the street. Sad!!!!
• India
11 Jun 11
it's really very annoying. Indirect smoking is arm bad to health. There are many reason why people do not quit smoking. First me all it is not easy to quit it. It need some medical help. Some people feels that it is cool to smoke. It suits their personality. Actually they are fools.
• Malaysia
11 Jun 11
@aimeedia2x: Straightforward, precise, concrete...Brilliant response!
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Aimeedia, I agree with you, smoking is addictive and that's why it's hard to quit smoking. Last time I bought a box of nicotine patch as a gift for my friend, and I can't believe it costs so much to quit smoking, see below calculation: 1) A box of nicotine patch, 7 patches/week = SGD $35++ /USD $28+ 2) First phase of treatment with strong nicotine patch for heavy smoker (3 weeks) = SGD 105++/USD 84++ 3) Second phase & third phase with weak nicotine patch = SGD 210++/ USD 168 4) Total cost = (2) + (3) = Sgd 315++/ USD 252++ SGD 315 is consider quite expensive for a ordinary person living in Singapore, I wonder why they never make the nicotine's price cheaper after so many hundreds of successful anti-smoking campaign in the country.
• India
13 Jun 11
it is so sad. Quit smoking is very expensive. Government should provide it for free or at least as cheaper as much so that every person can use it.this Cost will discourage people to quit smoking.
@jazel_juan (15748)
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Because it is addictive. And for some who already started it and you tell them to stop, they just cannot do it right away..they need to go through some process for them to totally remove it from there system, some succeed, some fails.
• Malaysia
11 Jun 11
Smoking kills! - The photo shows a man smoking...Smoking kills!
@jazel_juan: I believe it is back to how they control themselves...If they know the risk and they are able to prevent themselves form smoking, then the quitting process would be very easy...Nevertheless, most smokers will suffer some implications after not smoking for some time...That is one of the reason why most of them smoke again after some time... Perhaps the technology of nicotine substitute can help them...
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
I feel bad for those who has the intention to stop smoking but couldn't achieve it in the end. It is sad!
@mantis36 (4219)
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
because there are also a BENEFITS and REWARDS if you continue smoke: all SMOKERS have the chance to win the following prizes: GRAND PRIZE: A Brand New Cancer Strain 2ND PRIZE: Arteriosclerosis, Cerebral Tumor, Paralysis, Rheumatic Heart Disease 3RD PRIZE: Bronchitis, Gingivitis, Goiter, Sinusitis, Migraine, Hypertension you still have the chance to win CONSOLATION PRIZES: Tartar Deposit Bad Breath Stained Teeth Appetite Loss Swollen Gums remember that the more sticks you puff, the more chances of winning. and for more details, see your X-RAY results now.....
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Mantis36, you're funny. Thanks for your reply!
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Sorry if you get annoyed when someone's smoking in front of you. I am a smoker. I really wanted to quit a long time ago, but I always fail. Smoking is addictive. I know the medical risks, and I really wanted to quit, but if you are a smoker you crave for it. I smoke when I'm bored. I also smoke when I'm pressured. Smoking relaxes me. My advice for those non-smokers, do not try it!!! Not even a puff or because of peer pressure. I know you'll tell me, why I am a smoker? Let's put it this way "Do not learn from your mistakes, rather, learn from the mistakes of others."
• Malaysia
11 Jun 11
Smoking kills! - The photo show smokers and person around them is affected by the smoke...
@rgreentea: Perhaps you can still change, my friend... I was once a smoker, just like you...Peer pressure and self-interest drags me into smoking, and I know I will regret it but it still happens...Nevertheless, like they say all is history...Now I am a changed man, and I can say that is it not that hard to stop if you have a motivation...Let your wife/girl be your motivation...Tell yourself you don't want them to be widow too early... I did, and I can say that I was happy with my girlfriend after that...You do really want to spend more time with them, don't you? Good luck, my friend!
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
HI greentea, thanks for your reply and I really appreciate it. I hope one day you're successful in quitting smoking and everyone will be proud of you! Good luck!
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Thanks livecenter for your replies!
• United States
12 Jun 11
It's addicting and relaxing. I have no problem with anyone smoking. I just hate when people bash it without reason.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Thanks for your reply!
@williamjisir (22821)
• China
12 Jun 11
As is known to all, smoking is harmful to our health. Yet still so many people like smoking. My explanation to this is that it is something that they feel like and without it they might feel something lost. Or they are just addicted to smoking? Anyway, there might be different reasons for it. I don't smoke and don't like to be around people who smoke because smoke makes me cough and uncomfortable. I will never smoke like my father does. Thanks for your discussion. Take care.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Hi William, that is good to keep away from smoking! Thanks for your reply!
@beamer88 (4261)
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Those were inconsiderate smokers. I'm a smoker but I have never done that. I always smoke in designated smoking areas or in the confines of my home. Why do we still smoke knowing the risks? I'm not really sure but personally I just have a hard time kicking the habit out of my system. The temporary calming feeling I get when I smoke somewhat blurs my outlook on the negative effect of it in the longer term.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Beamer, the short term calming sensation is just not worth it, and you know what I mean. I believer that enough is enough, and one day you can quit smoking like others who had gone trough it. Good luck!
• United States
11 Jun 11
hey still smoke knowing the risks for the same reasons we still eat tons of salt or sugar knowing it's not good for us! We do what feels good to us.. and for them it's smoking.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Well said, Macdingolinger!
@ANIME123 (2468)
• United States
11 Jun 11
I also don't really know hwy people do that even though they know the risks. They should also take into consideration that we are the ones that suffer even more due to second hand smoking. Every time I pass by a smoker I am always careful not to smell it, but I always end up smelling it and I seriously feel that I will die that every moment. That stuff is horrible, but yeah people get addicted to nikotine which is a very addicting substance. Anyway smoking is bad and everybody should just stay away from it. Every time you smoke a smoke it takes 11 minutes away from your life which after a while it can really add up. It just leads to a lot of health issues and lot of medical bills and I am sure that nobody wants to pay a lot of money for that.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Anime123, thanks for your reply!
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Because people doesn't believe that they will get sick until it happens to them. At the end of the day, smokers will get what they deserve and they will learn their lesson the hard way.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
What I concern is at the end normal people will get sick first because of the second hand smoke.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
It is because of "CRAVING" you cant stop immediately to stop a person from smoking. it really depends on the willingness of the smoker to quit smoking. they know the risks but still continue to smoke because it is part of their habits.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Kaimart, thanks for your reply!
11 Jun 11
well maybe because smoking became their habit already but I think their are now ways in order to lessen smoking. Maybe they will only realize if they have cancers already.
@karlim (122)
• Singapore
13 Jun 11
Hi maioli, thanks for your reply!