Are Cigarettes Really Relaxing?

The movies will have you believe that Michael Corleone, of the Godfather fame, worked up his cigarette during stressful situations.

In fact several movies or ad sequences show cigarettes as the best thing to accompany a relaxing scene. A couple who has just finished love making is shown to light up and feel the after glow of sex, a couple of guys are seen to be sitting by the beach with beer and cigarettes in total relaxation, a sophisticated CEO is seen smoking cigarettes while dealing with his clients, Hollywood actors are habituated to chain smoking cigarettes, giving the idea of cigarettes relieving their work stress.

Are we missing a point about the effects of cigarettes?

Are smokers more relaxed than non-smokers?

What does your gut instinct say?

  • Do you see a smoker get frantic about getting out of a non-smoking zone?
  • Do you ever see a non-smoker head in a hurry for the smoking pits before a crucial meeting?
  • Do you see a smoker twiddling his thumbs and ruffling his hair restlessly, in a meeting which lasts for more than an hour?
  • Do you see a smoker get agitated when he is asked not to smoke in a restaurant?
  • Do you see non-smokers sit in a zombie state, the way smokers do when they are trying to quit?
  • Do you see a smoker frantically searching the area for an open provisioning store at midnight if he runs out of cigarettes by mistake?
  • Do you ever see a non-smoker take a break every 10 minutes with the pretext of refueling a nicotine addiction?
  • Do you see a smoker heading for a smoke after a relaxing meal?
  • Do you see a smoker dropping his cigarette ash all over himself and his car interiors while driving, burning his fingers at times and cursing about the whole thing?
  • Does an addicted smoker look approachable while he/she is waiting for the next smoke?

The answers to all these questions are obvious. What do they point to? The smoker obviously lives in a reduced state of relaxation, filled with an anxiety to refill his nicotine addiction.

The only time anything close to relaxation dawns on the face of a smoker is when he has taken a huge drag from his cigarette. Is this what relaxation is? That you live in a continuous state of irritation and want. The reason why a smoker feels relaxed while smoking is because of the nicotine craving, which he is fulfilling to reach a normal state.

The normal state of a non-smoker is a state a smoker thrives to achieve on continuous basis by puffing on the cancer stick.


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The deception of cigarette ads
Facts Supressed by Cigarette Companies
Why do habitual smokers feel the urge to smoke every hour?
Why Do People Start Smoking?
Why Do Kids Start Smoking?
Smoking And The Social Trigger
Smoking & Health
How Does Nicotine Harm Your Digestive System
What Does Smoking do to Your Respiratory System?
How Does Cigarette Smoking Affect the Lungs
How does Smoking Affect Your Brain?
How Does Smoking Harm Your Heart and Cause Impotence?
Other Health Risks of Smoking
Smoking Myths
Can Smoking Help Release Stress?
Smoking Relieves Boredom, the myth
Can Smoking Help You Concentrate Better?
Are Cigarettes Really Relaxing?
Smoking Lights is Healthier Than Strong
How Does Quitting Smoking Effect You Positively?
General Fears Associated With Quitting Smoking
Can You Gain Weight After Stopping to Smoke?
Side effects of Quitting Smoking & Withdrawal Symptoms
Return of the Lost Energy
The Final Cigarette