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Types of smokers

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  • Light: < 10 cigarettes per day
  • Heavy: > 25 cigarettes a day
  • Chippers: Very light smokers (< 5 cigarettes a day) who regularly use tobacco without developing dependence
  • Light and intermittent smokers: 1-39 cigarettes per week, or 10 cigarettes per day on average or 1-4 grams of tobacco per day and have never smoked daily
  • Low-level smokers: < 20 cigarettes per day and < 1 pack per week
  • Low-rate smokers: < 5 cigarettes per day and never >10 cigarettes per day
  • Non-daily smokers: < 7 days per week; may smoke < 3 packs per week
  • Occasional smokers: < 5 cigarettes per day and < 3 times per week, usually dependent on circumstances such as partying or drinking or after meals
  • Social smokers: < 5 cigarettes per day and < 7 days per week over last two years; have never exceeded that limit.

Do unto yourselves what you do to God

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There are two types of people who believe in Dvaita or Advaita philosophy.2. People who believe in Dvaitaphilosophy, for them God and human being are different.3. The people who believe in Advaita philosophy believe that God is within them.4. In Hinduism, the first group believes in Sanatan Dharma and does Moorti pooja (idol worship) and the second Arya Samaj, which does not believe in Moorti pooja.5. In both situations, medically the message is one.6. If God is different than you, then you try to be like Him and if God is in within you, then you are Him.7. In both situations, we should deal with our body the same way as we deal with God.8. Anything which is not offered to God should not be offered to our body such as cigarettes, drugs etc. or such things should be consumed in less quantity (onion, garlic, radish etc.).9. We never worship God with hydrogenated oil; we always worship him either with oil or with Desi Ghee. The message is we should not consume trans fats.10. “Bhagwan ko bhog lagate hain”; we never feed God. The message is eat less.11. Amongst all Gods, only Lord Shiva is said to consume Bhang and Alcohol that too only in his incarnation of Bhairon, which indicates that both alcohol and bhang can be consumed in some quantity only in special situations meaning that they cannot be consumed without medical supervision.12. Anything grown under the ground is not offered to God, thus, these items should not be eaten or eaten in moderation.13. We never offer white salt and white rice to God. They are also bad for human beings.14. Gur, shakkar, brown rice and puffed rice are offered to God. They can be consumed by human beings.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Sangat and smoking

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Sewa, Simran and Sangat are the three principles of life as per the most Vedic literature. Even Adi Shankaracharya described Sangat as the main force for living a spiritual life. 

Sangat is the company of people you live with. Living in the company of good people makes one good and the reverse is also true. 

The same is now being proved in the allopathic context. A research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that when one person quits smoking, than others are likely to follow. One person quitting can cause a ripple effect, making others more likely to kick the habit.

  • If your spouse stops smoking, you’re 67 percent less likely to continue smoking.
  • If your friend kicks the habit, it’s about 36 percent less likely that you’ll be smoking.
  • When a sibling gives up cigarettes, your risk of smoking decreases by 25 percent.
  • It drops by 34 percent if a co–worker in a small office quits smoking.

It’s sort of like watching dominoes. If one falls, it very quickly causes others to fall. 

We should treat people in groups, rather than as individuals. Friends and family need to be involved. If you want to quit, try to get close friends and family to quit as well. 

Quitting smoking may have the side benefit of improving social well-being, just as it improves physical health.