Tobacco or Nicotiana is a native plant of North America that was cultivated for its leaves, which when cured, were used for smoking, chewing and snuff. It has been around for centuries and early civilisations used it in many different ways – from medicinally, for ailments from halitosis to corns; to narcotically, to induce visions during solemn tribal rites.
With the Thirty Years’ War in Europe, smoking tobacco remained a luxury until 1856, when cigarettes found their first world market. A machine patented in 1880 mass-produced cigarettes and by 1900, the modern cigarette was ready to tighten its grip on world society. However, it wasn’t popular with females until 1939, when glorifying stars smoking helped create a “sophisticated” image and huge advertising budgets promoted cigarettes as an aid to remaining slim.
So, why do people around the world still smoke tobacco?
What induces them to continue with a habit that is known to be death-dealing and responsible for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema, among others? Worldwide, smoking is reported to have “wiped out more people than all the wars of this century”.
The hard fact is that nicotine creates a state of drug dependency, requiring regular, daily fixes. In fact, a smoker experiences some 200 successive nicotine fixes by the time they have finished their first packet of cigarettes! Not only is nicotine addictive, it is also habit-forming, so that certain situations can trigger the desire for a cigarette. About 90% of smokers either have tried to quit or want to quit, and most are sorry they ever took it up, and warn their offspring.
How to give up smoking
Many people who were heavy smokers have successfully overcome the tobacco habit by temporarily smoking non-addictive, nicotine and tobacco-free herbal cigarettes, an alternative way to help smokers give up cigarettes completely in 21 days.
Breaking your nicotine habit is one of the hardest, most rewarding and worthwhile things you will ever do … please refer to my blog titled “How to Give Up Smoking for GOOD” for helpful tips and recipes to begin your smoke-free, healing process today! I believe everyone can quit, if they really want to. Good luck!