While global trends are showing smoking continues to rise, here at home one Ear, Nose & Throat specialist says the number of smokers is decreasing and he believes its because health awareness is increasing.
“Smoking seems to be on the decrease, we’re not seeing as much of it, I think its less socially acceptable nowadays to smoke in as many areas where smoking is tolerated indoors,” said Dr. Bob Glatz.
Dr. Glatz believes the increased awareness of health problems caused by tobacco products and laws banning smoking in public areas are stomping down on cigarette consumption.
“And I think people are beginning to recognize the fact that the health disadvantages of smoking outweigh any advantages of smoking that you can have,” said Dr. Glatz.
He said people who quit smoking in the first decade of the habit have the chance that their body will reverse almost all the impacts of smoking.
“When you inhale a cigarette smoke [it] causes a decrease in the ability of the tissues of the respiratory track to fight infection,” said Dr. Glatz.
Longtime smoker Basil Hennings, who has been smoke-free for 16 months, said quitting the habit is good for you.
“It’s not just cancer, there are all sorts of related diseases that everyone can get just from lighting a cigarette” he said.
Dr. Glatz and Mr. Henninngs both said getting off nicotine and the physical habit of smoking are challenges to quitting.
“The problem with it it is that the overall feeling of the inability to quit smoking is probably more associated with the physical addiction to the nicotine and the habituation of having a cigarette in your hand,” said Dr. Glatz.
“And I think there are multiple things that give you the comfort of having something in your hand, it calms you down,” said Mr. Hennings.
Ultimately, Dr. Glatz said quitting is up to the individual.