Walking Among the Addicted
Nicotine addiction has taken a tremendous toll on humanity. It knows no boundaries and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, health status or skin complexion. Regardless of the nation which we call home, we each must learn to remain comfortable as we walk among the addicted and watch them engage in public nicotine feedings.
The World Health Organization's national cigarette per capita consumption figures are calculated by dividing the total number of cigarettes sold in a nation by the total number of adults age 15 and older. They're very telling because they reveal the actual number of cigarettes being smoked in each country. Let's look at a few examples:
Average Number of Cigarettes
Smoked Per Adult Per Year
|India 129||Ghana 161|
|Nigeria 189||Kenya 200|
|Ecuador 232||Bangladesh 245|
|Bahamas 438||Honduras 595|
|Nepal 619||Costa Rica 690|
|Norway 725||Mexico 754|
|Malaysia 910||Hong Kong 1,016|
|Thailand 1,067||Venezuela 1,079|
|Sweden 1,202||New Zealand 1,213|
|Egypt 1,275||Finland 1,351|
|Ukraine 1,456||South Africa 1,516|
|Argentina 1,527||Germany 1,702|
|Russia 1,702||United Kingdom 1,748|
|China 1,791||Brazil 1,802|
|Italy 1,901||Australia 1,907|
|Canada 1,976||France 2,058|
|Israel 2,162||Ireland 2,236|
|United States 2,255||Czech Republic 2,306|
|Netherlands 2,323||Spain 2,364|
|Turkey 2,394||Japan 2,403|
|Belgium 2,428||Hungary 2,431|
|Croatia 2,578||Bulgaria 2,575|
|Switzerland 2,720||Republic of Korea 2,918|
|Poland 3,291||Greece 4,313|
Imagine getting medical advice on quitting while living in Greece where 50% of all male doctors/physicians, in the entire country, are addicted to nicotine. I'd love to be a fly on the wall.
Regardless of where we live and how many times a day we're faced with watching a smoker publically elevate their falling blood nicotine level, we can continue to stand tall and proud! That isn't us anymore! We are the masters of our minds!
It's ok to notice them, it doesn't hurt a bit, but continue to see them for what they truly are, captives of an endless cycle of rising and falling serum blood nicotine levels who are trying their very best to blend into society while engaged in publically feeding their addiction. We would have to be blind not to notice them.
Don't allow the fact that you do notice them make you think that you're doing something wrong! You're not! We all notice them! After a lifetime of addiction it's normal and it doesn't mean that you're having a "crave" or even a "thought" about smoking - they're simply there and we each have eyes!
Each year there will be fewer and fewer public buildings in which nicotine addicts can legally light a fire between their lips. Each year we'll see more and more smokers forced out into the streets as they smoke while standing around outside buildings, walking or while driving in cars. They're not there to tease you. LOL They're there because they only have two choices - feed the beast or endure withdrawal.
When you see a smoker, keep in mind that surveys show that over 70% of them don't want to smoke that next cigarette - they want to be like you but they don't know how. Failure upon failure, they now close their minds at the mere mention of quitting while inside clinging to the hope that maybe someday soon they'll manage to break free.