Most people start smoking when they are in their teens and they are already addicted by the time they reach adulthood. Most new smokers underestimate the risk of becoming addicted to nicotine and later on they find it extremely difficult to quit smoking. The smokers do not only affect their own health but also the health of people around them.

The damage caused by smoking is cumulative, and the longer a person smokes, the greater his/her risk for life-threatening ailments. Smoking is responsible for several diseases, such as cancer, long-term (chronic) respiratory diseases, and heart disease, as well as premature death.

Why people smoke

Peer pressure

Most people learn to smoke from their peers, so they want to feel they are part of the group.


Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Some doctors claim it’s more addictive than heroin and cocaine. Not only does it stimulate the brain, but it enters the bloodstream and calms the nerves. It’s known as a biphasic effect. It keeps smokers coming back for more.

Parental influence

Some parents because of the love they have towards their children, they end up teaching them how to smoke cigarettes.

Social influence

Smoking is a social habit. When others around you are smoking, you practically feel like you should be doing the same.

Self medication

Some people think when they smoke it will help them with stress, depression and other life challenges. Most of the working people smoke as they think that a puff of nicotine reduces their stress levels and makes them feel relieved.


There are several people who smoke just for fun without any clear answer.

Risks from smoking



Make a personal life decision today to quit smoking, life is too precious and can never be replaced. Don’t speed up your journey to your creator by killing yourself through smoking.




Kasemiire Agnes Akiiki

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