Are you worried about your karma? According to King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan, a Buddhist Nation nestled in the Himalayan Mountains, the next time you light up, you might be causing more than just health problems. Smoking could wreck your karma. Bhutan is one of the first nations to enforce strict laws banning the sale and public use of tobacco. According to Slate Magazine, those caught in the act are subject to huge monetary penalties. How does approximately two months salary sound?
So maybe you’re not enlightened yet, but whether by karma or the laws of nature, your smoking habit will catch up to you. Do you wake up coughing, have shortness of breath, trouble breathing, lack of stamina? When is the last time you had a full night of sleep? Heavy smokers are often shown to wake after only a few hours of sleep due to nicotine withdrawal. Yet these symptoms are all reversible, often within only a few hours or days of quitting. And if you smoke because of stress, smoking actually causes more stress than it relieves.
Nicotine addiction is a hard habit to break, but smoking impacts your life in ways that are simply not worth the cost. Long term effects include increased risk of lung and bronchial cancer, hyperglycemia, heart disease, and an extensive list of maladies. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) contributes one out of every six U.S. deaths to smoking. And your karma doesn’t stop with you. Secondhand smoke is related to nearly 3,000 lung cancer deaths and a staggering 35,000 deaths related to cardiovascular disease brought on by secondhand smoke. The next time you think you’re not hurting anyone besides yourself, think again.
So mark your calendar. Better yet, start today in your battle with nicotine addiction. Call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) toll free hotline at 800-QUIT-NOW for help and information, or visit their website at smoke-free.gov. Make King Jigme Singye Wangchuck proud and follow the Bhutanese pursuit of “gross national happiness.” Bring some positive karma to your life…and your lungs.
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