What starts as a fad and the quintessential ‘just for the heck of it ‘ eventually moves on to becoming a peer pressure led habit…
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Maharashtra is among the top states on the smoking chart.
According to a report, one in every three adult men in Maharashtra uses tobacco while one in every six adult women uses tobacco.
Almost 1% of adult women over 15 years of age have taken up smoking between 2009 and 2017. This counts to almost 8 lakh women smokers.
Tobacco kills 10 lakh Indians every year. Almost 40% of these cancers are linked to tobacco use. India has 11·2 per cent of the world’s total smokers.
We spoke to a cross section of Pune’s youth to find out why they smoke and what their excuse is for not quitting the habit?
Reema Sen, Media Student: Curiosity got the better of me and the urge to continue with never faded. It all started in high school when I shifted to Rajasthan. The hostel as everyone knows, is a place where all the ‘stuff’ happens.
It started from smoking cigarettes and ended at trying the ‘beedi’ and even ‘weed’ (marijuana).
When I came to Pune for my masters degree, it got worse. I met people who already were experts in rolling weed and ‘scoring’ (procuring) it too.
I quit alcohol and found my kick in smoking. Ever since, there has been no looking back!
Jawed Khan, Marketing Head: I don’t drink, but ‘sheesha’ is my ultimate drug. I felt ‘ left out of the gang’ when I was the only one holding a glass of sprite while everyone in the party binged on alcohol. After a silly quest, I was introduced to this act of intoxicating oneself to death. Not that I liked it, yet, I had to make it a part of my lifestyle to be one of the ‘cool’ types. That was stupid I know and I have realised it too.
Although am trying to quit smoking, let me tell you, it is not that easy. A drag or two is what I still crave for.
Pratishtha Awasthi, English Honours Student: Smoking? I will never do that! Yes, this is what I used to tell everyone when I shifted to Pune from Kolhapur. But the cloud of smoke took me on like a wild fire. I lived with my elder sister who was honest with me about her drinking and smoking habit. This never mattered to me much though, I was concerned about her.
At my birthday party when she offered me a drag, I was courteous enough to try it. The ‘trip’ was quite something. The nice calming music and the psychedelic experience that I had that day got me all out. I know it is harmful but it is not like I haven’t tried quitting.
I am vulnerable when I don’t ‘roll’ one.
Lavina Bhattacharya, Company Secretary: The little devil came to me as a suggestive gesture from my office mates when they found me all stressed.
To them it was medication. I would see them taking ‘chai and sutta’ breaks and soon I was also a part of the ‘sutta clan’. It really helped as a stressbuster and later was an obsession. It didn’t make much difference later, but I knew I was addicted. I came back to my hometown Pune, with the thought that it would help me quit smoking and lead a healthier life.
But even today, I sometimes smoke up at the ‘tappri’ near my office without my parents knowing.
Feroz Irani, Entrepreneur: Yes, to quit smoking ‘maal’ was the toughest thing I could do. For I puffed out at least 7-8 rolls of marijuana a day. It even came to the point where a friend of mine would give me some marijuana that he had purchased at a dispensary, to help get me through some tough times. I should have asked for help, but it was my go-to thing in happiness and sadness. The high was of all sorts.
It made me see into the world differently and made me creative too. I could write poetry after three ‘joints’. It might sound weird to some, but nothing makes you so vulnerable and metaphysical. I was at my worst when I couldn’t get one. I was put on medication and under close scrutiny by my parents.
I have seen them being in a complex state of mind seeing me behave so inhumanly, but the only thing I wanted was my dose of drugs. Thankfully, two years, and I am finally out of it. It might be fun for some, but seeing your family die everyday because of you is more painful.
Quit before you regret. Not everyone gets a second chance.
SMOKING KILLS ! Pune365 strongly discourages the use of tobacco and the consumption of alcohol.
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