If you think that your fellow Americans are suffering from a pretty bad case of cigarette smoking, you might want to grant that award to a different country. Cross multiple time zones across the Pacific to China, and you will witness firsthand the true danger of cigarettes. For as long as these little sticks have been popular, the Chinese have become compulsory smokers ranking in the hundreds of thousands (possibly millions). So how bad has this dumpster fire of destruction gotten? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
In the Millions
If you have ever wondered how many people living in China smoke cigarettes, you will definitely be shocked by these numbers. China is home to a staggering 300 million smokers on average, more than any other country on our planet, made worse by the fact that the country does not have national legislation that has the power to ban smoking in public or at work. Based on an estimate provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a nationwide ban on cigarette smoking could reduce this sub-population by 13 million victims, putting a stop to six million premature fatalities.
Despite these negative trends, though, the Chinese are still attempting to fight this growing problem, despite the seemingly futile circumstances. In 2015, 54% of Chinese people confirmed they had witnessed cigarette use at their work, considering this number marks a 60% decrease from numbers in 2010. Even more disturbing, some Chinese residents have witnessed smoking in government facilities (40%) and hospitals (35%), a minimal improvement from past reports.
Although the national ban has been put on hold, officials have confirmed that many Chinese people are changing their perspectives on cigarettes altogether, signaling a change from within.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.