People Need to Understand That Cigarettes Are Drugs and Smokers are Addicts

By Dr. John L. Reizer

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Not so long ago, I had an interesting conversation with one of the patients in my private practice. Dr. Ron (not his real name) is a retired medical doctor that practiced for 25 years. I’ve taken care of this man as a chiropractic patient for a couple of years now. On Ron’s last visit, we were talking about several issues that challenged the well being of healthcare consumers in America and around the world. Suddenly, the subject of cigarettes was brought up.

Dr. Ron had been a smoker for over 30 years before deciding to quit ten years ago. He explained to me how difficult it was for him to become an ex-smoker. And this was a doctor that knew about the dangers of smoking from a physiological perspective. With a lot of determination, he finally eliminated cigarettes from his life.

Dr. Ron told me that when he worked in the hospital system many years ago almost every person on staff, nurses and doctors alike, puffed away on cigarettes right in front of patients. According to the good doctor, smoking even occurred when a physician was in the middle of a patient examination. That type of bedside manner would never be permitted in the year 2014.

Over the years, there have been many changes in federal, state, and local laws that make it extremely difficult for smokers to partake in their addictive behaviors. Smoking at one time was widely embraced by the members of society as well as society’s governmental facilities. This is no longer the situation today. If you walk inside a United States government building in 2014 smoking a cigarette, you will be arrested. Smoking in government buildings is against the law. This holds true for state and most private buildings. With very few exceptions, today’s smokers must congregate in designated smoking locations in order to satisfy their habits.

Being married to an ex-smoker, I am well aware of just how hard it is to “kick the habit” so to speak. I can remember how difficult it was for my wife to break her addiction to cigarettes. When she finally decided to put down the smokes for good, we designed and implemented a plan to walk a mile every time she developed a craving for nicotine. My God, we walked many miles that summer, 18 years ago. The withdrawal symptoms she experienced were very intense and it took a number of years before those cravings finally disappeared. Not every person has the mental toughness that my wife possesses. It takes great strength and determination to stop smoking without the assistance of health care professionals. Most people cannot do it!

In the many years I have practiced chiropractic (27 years), I have had lots of patients that were smokers. I have heard their stories, witnessed their failures, and tried to be sympathetic to their feelings. I have always told patients that smoking cigarettes will kill them and their loved ones.

I personally believe smoking is just as dangerous for the people that do not smoke but who live in close proximity to a smoker. Secondary smoke that is inhaled by non-smokers can cause them many health related problems. It is a lethal and very unfair situation for family members and friends that choose not to smoke but are still being poisoned nonetheless.

Today, it’s even more difficult for smokers to get out of the game. Cigarette manufacturers have recently made their products more addictive than ever before. Genetically modified tobacco crops have been redesigned to yield larger and more concentrated amounts of nicotine. The flooding of the market with modified tobacco has resulted in increased amounts of addictive nicotine per cigarette. Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug. It is probably just as addictive as heroin. We don’t usually think of cigarettes as being drugs and smokers as addicts. But in reality, this is exactly what cigarettes and smokers are.

The consequences of smoking cigarettes have been well documented. A few health problems associated with smoking are lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchial problems, cardiovascular challenges, and a plethora of other diseases. The list of complications is two miles long. In a nutshell, you will die an early death if you continue to smoke cigarettes.

If you are a smoker and serious about living a long and healthy life you need to stop your drug habit immediately! As is the case with all drugs that are habit forming, smokers will always require more and more nicotine in order to satisfy their cravings. People that smoke a pack of cigarettes each day will soon smoke two packs per day. Eventually, some people will find themselves smoking in excess of three and four packs of cigarettes per day. The human body is durable but has its physiological limits and will shut down after being poisoned for many years.

For the person that is serious about stopping this dangerous drug addiction, there are medical and alternative health care solutions available. Consult a health care professional immediately and become proactive in saving your life and the lives of your loved ones!

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  1. Dr. John Reizer April 21, 2015 / 2:29 pm

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