Are Women Smoking Because of Need or Enjoyment?
These days, billboards and magazine advertisements glorifying smoking no longer peak the interest of wandering eyes and they don’t seem to be as noticeable as they had been during the 1920’s. Since the early 1920’s, Hollywood depicted many images in various magazines and billboards of women smoking cigarettes. Even so, the idea of women smoking cigarettes was considered a disdainful behavior whether cigarettes were available for purchase or not. Knowing this, why are the women of today’s society still smoking if health risks exist for themselves and others?
Smoking is often believed to be a social activity that many women seem to engage themselves in with little regard for the consequences. Women may choose to drink and smoke in different social settings, including a nightclub, bar and dance club. In recent years, many restaurants and other established businesses had reached the decision to completely prohibit smoking because more and more people have become aware of the dangers associated not only with the women smoking, but to those who are plagued with having to inhale second-hand cigarette smoke. Women have been more likely to experience a continuing problem with smoking because of the stresses they encounter, such as work, motherhood and having to measure up to their spouse’s standards as a wife. Many of us may not cope or respond very well with changes that occur throughout our lives, while the remainder of us doesn’t let stress discourage us from achieving success. Quite a few of women who are smokers look forward to their cigarette breaks to “take a break” from the daily conundrums they encounter in life.
Another reason we may find women smoking more than men is to attempt maintain their weight, as well as to lose weight. Much of our modern society has placed a great deal of merit on the superiority of women who have and maintain a much more slender appearance. There seems to be some validity in the belief that smoking cigarettes suppress the appetite, since the nerve endings in our taste buds and nasal passages deaden over time in response to food.
Many of us may have longed for a cigarette in an effort to eradicate empty feelings or boredom. While most human beings are magnanimously known for being social creatures, there are some women who are shy and may seek relief from engaging in a conversation by reaching for a cigarette. Somehow smoking a cigarette affords relief from social activities and the cigarette replaces the need for friendship for those who are extremely shy. For those who are really introverted, smoking may replace the need for friendship although the previous appeal to smoking is currently decreasing.