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Hypersensitive behaviour, poor mental health and $16 billion – the price India pays for smoking
If you have been thinking about looking for reasons to quit smoking, here is another one – smokers display 200 per cent more hypersensitive behaviour as compared to non-smokers.

So what this means in simple terms is that not only on the physical, but also mental health wise, smokers display poor health.

Take the case of mental stress, as compared to non-smokers; smokers have 178 per cent more chances of getting affected with mental stress. On many other counts including sleep, motivation, eating habits, temper control, etc., the smokers fare worse as compared to the non-smokers.

Another fact that could change the way we think about smokers is that how difficult it is to quit smoking. The smokers that were the subject of the study agreed that they knew smoking had serious adverse health impacts but still 74 per cent of them felt that it was difficult to quit smoking.

The results were published in a study titled 'Choose Life Study'. It was conducted by leading pulmonologists & chest physicians from three cities of India namely Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.

The study has also shown that those who smoke have higher levels of high blood pressure and carbon monoxide (CO) as compared to non-smokers. High blood pressure and elevated CO levels can have a serious impact on physical and mental health.

In India, as per statistics, tobacco kills more than 900,000 people every year & India spends about $16 billion annually to treat tobacco related diseases.

But as per experts, it is easier to quit smoking that it seems but the catch lies in the fact that tobacco companies make the smokers 'believe' that it is hard to quit smoking. And when that thought is implanted in their minds, quitting smoking becomes difficult than it actually is.

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