An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Indian Youth Addicted to Smoking?

A reality check on how the youngsters are taking to smoking "to relieve stress" in their lives!! They are too young to get into an addiction that can harm their lives permanently! Look at the figures below.. half of those surveyed smoke within 30 minutes of waking up! Is that a sign of the stress they have or their lack of ability to tackle it at any time?

“Half of those we surveyed said they smoked within 30 minutes of waking up. Forty nine per cent of them said stress drove them to smoking as it helps them to forget and fight back their worries and a mere 2.08 per cent have attended smoke-quit clinics,” he said.

“The media, especially the movies, glamourise smoking. The youngsters feel it is fashionable to smoke. Once they start, they get hooked to it,” he said. “What was interesting to note was that about 91 per cent of smokers were willing to quit the habit if they could be provided assistance. We have to motivate them as it has been seen that among Indian men, lung cancer is very common,” he said.

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