The State of Smoking in 2016
How bad is the state of smoking in 2016? Survey shows 8 million people will die from a tobacco-linked disease every year by the time our calendars reach the year 2030. Yet, even with this alarming statistic, there are still a billion smokers in the world, which is effectively one in every seven people.
According to Medical Daily, the act of smoking introduces us to over 4,000 chemicals, many of these capable of subtly altering our body and brain within seconds. For instance, nicotine shoots up to our brain via the bloodstream and triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a big role in making us feel pleasure. It’s this nearly instantaneous, but short-lived, effect that makes us addictive patsies to nicotine, as we begin to crave and eventually need more and more nicotine in order to experience the dopamine high again.
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Unfortunately, even with more smoking cessation products than ever and the increasing trend towards wellness, smoking in 2016 is still a huge part of our society. What is worse is that the big tobacco companies are winning in the low and middle income countries where access to education is more limited. Almost four in five of the world’s smokers live in these low and middle income countries.
Second hand tobacco smoke is still a huge issue with half of the world’s children frequently breathing in this air in public places. In fact, more than 600,000 deaths a year occur due to premature deaths linked to second hand tobacco smoke. There is no smoking cessation service in a quarter of all low-income countries and one in every ten cigarettes consumed globally is as a result of illegal trade. Halting the illegal trade of tobacco would generate $31 billion for governments in taxes annually which could be put to far better use. For an illustrated look at the statistics, see this infographic of smoking in 2016 created by purplebox vapours.
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Steve Barrett is Managing Director of purplebox vapours, a popular specialist vaping store and vaporium in trendy Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland, and e commerce store http://purplebox.ie/. He blogs regularly about the growing vaping culture, communities and vaping issues in Ireland.