Why do we smoke?
Statistics show us that:
1 person dies every 6 seconds from smoking. (1) (2)
Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030. (1)
More than 600,000 deaths are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke, 300,000 of whom are children. (2)
Tobacco is a global epidemic that is getting rapidly worse as the tobacco industry penetrates the developing world. (2)
So, if we know that smoking kills one person in every six seconds, why do we choose to do it?
I used to smoke. I started as a teenager and thought it was cool. I dropped it for a few years and started again when my marriage was on the rocks. I could say that I thought it was cool again, but I’d be lying – being ‘cool’ was NEVER anything to do with why I smoked. There was a far stronger reason why, and that was all about the deep and abiding self-loathing I held myself in and chose for myself every day.
I was fat, I’d been abused, I hated my body because it felt like a prison, I felt unloved and unwanted and I listened to thoughts that poisoned my mind and body almost every moment of every day. Feeling the lack of regard I had for myself, I turned to smoking to fill the emptiness I felt inside of me.
Ariana Ray | BEFORE Universal Medicine
When I finally gave it up twenty-five or more years ago, I knew tobacco killed, yet knowing didn’t stop me. I didn’t do it for me, I still felt the self-loathing – I gave up because I did not want to make my child sick anymore with the smoke.
The Problem with Self-Loathing
One of the greatest difficulties I had was coping with the ever-abiding misery my life was in without having a cigarette to puff on. I found it difficult to get up in the mornings and equally difficult to get to bed.
I wanted smoke inside my body because I realised it was simply another way of abusing my body, as allowing poisonous thoughts and overeating was not enough (I couldn’t eat enough to fill the emptiness of what I was feeling).
I would not stop choosing self-loathing, misery and emptiness. It was a comfortable pattern that was very familiar and easy to do. I can understand how for some that may make no sense whatsoever, but that’s what I did.
It was only when I started to bring honesty and esoteric healing to my choices, with the support of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine practitioners, that I was able to heal the hurts I carried that prompted me to choose self-loathing as a way of life. I had tried everything and nothing worked for me, nothing had any substance; everything the world could offer me in way of support, it all sounded great, but no one was walking their talk, just talking an awful lot.
I found that there is another way to live that allows me to fill my lungs and my whole being with love, instead of the deadly smoke. Choosing self-love and self-care instead of self-loathing has transformed my life… I lost 44kg and look better at 62 years of age than I did when I was forty. I have bags of energy, am vital, fit and healthy. I am a vibrant social care professional, writer and blogger of health and well-being issues. I am a grandmother of seven children and mother of four and have utilised the presentations of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine on self-care, responsibility and love in very practical ways to live my life.
This is not a life that could be led by pulling on a cigarette.
- The World Health Organisation 2014 statistics http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
- ASH http://ash.org/resources/tobacco-statistics-facts/