The problem of smoking has already been raised in this article when discussing the impact of advertising on people’s attitudes. Now the wider picture.
Initially, smoking was a custom seen in elegant company, a gesture of good manners, high class, culture and wealth. Later it became a common drug. For teenagers, cigarettes have always been an attribute of adulthood. Usually smoking among young people first becomes a style, a way of self-esteem and then addiction: Recovery Direct in South Africa
The harmful effects of smoking have been spoken loud in the world for over 15 years. Shy tendencies to fight smoking addiction have also appeared in Poland. A positive action in this regard is the introduction of smoking bans in means of communication, offices, premises, workplaces etc. as well as the designation of places where smoking is possible. Broader public awareness of the effects of smoking has resulted in a reduction in the number of smokers in Poland, as in the US and Western Europe. Also, many people addicted to nicotine have freed themselves from this addiction (although this sometimes required great effort).
Worrying is the ongoing, if not increasing, tendency to smoke among young people. The novelty is the sharp increase in smoking among girls. There is no doubt that the “casual” lifestyle laid out in girls’ and women’s magazines has a huge impact here, the model of a modern, liberated, joyful woman with the attribute of this attitude … a cigarette (?).
The reduction in demand for cigarettes in Western European countries has caused a great advertising invasion of tobacco producers to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, seeing here as a market improving the weakening economic situation.
It is no secret that the state budget also derives huge profits from the sale of cigarettes and this probably explains the reluctance to act decisively to reduce the addicts. The elimination of cigarette advertising – which has already been mentioned above – should be one of such activities. The lack of clear and decisive undertakings in this respect indicates the superiority of economic (financial) goals over social (mental and physical health of the society).
The attitude of those interested in such a state of persons or institutions does not absolve parents, catechists, educators and everyone who cares about a healthy and free society from all educational and educational activities among children and young people promoting a different, healthy way of life, showing clearly the negative effects of smoking, including addiction.
Among addictions that have been clearly marked in recent years in our society is work addiction called workaholism. Economic and economic changes taking place in our country have given many people the opportunity to demonstrate their own inventiveness and organizational skills. It caused that some people – especially those undertaking independent business activity – treated work as the basic goal of life, which gave (at least at the beginning) a lot of satisfaction.
The trend of complete self-fulfillment through work affects men more often than women, which is justified by the features of a man’s “mental model”. In addition, in the mentality of many Poles, a man still busy, with a cell phone to his ear, with a pile of papers in his hand, having no time for anything, was a model from the “West”, a breeze of the great business world and a model that they wanted to imitate, raising their prestige and social position. For other people, the basic reason was the desire to get rich. It has long been known, however, that money is like a drug and situations of “making money for money” are nothing new. This is a typical example of money addiction. They become an end in themselves – addiction treatment in Cape Town
A man who is addicted to work, regardless of the reason and circumstances, being a slave of a company or business activity himself, makes others miserable – mainly the family, because there is no time for her – so he is excluded from the tasks and responsibilities associated with establishing, functioning and supporting (not only material) family. In the psychology of marriage, there is a saying that often “a husband cheats on his wife with work”, indicating at the same time that this is one of the serious reasons for conflicts affecting modern families.
Addiction to work, narrowing the field of activity, actually limits the person mentally to a specific activity, makes him incapable of social activity, noticing the needs of others, empathy, discharging obligations beyond professional work. Workaholism has the same negative effects as any other addiction.