40% of college students began smoking after starting college, and approximately 41.5% become regular smokers. We are asking for all law students to reach out to other students to help them overcome and resist the temptation of smoking.
Law students and those preparing for their LSAT may experience a fair amount of stress. This may cause some to perpetuate a standing habit of smoking, or cause others to pick up the habit. It has long been reasoned that smoking tobacco cigarettes helps to ease the symptoms and feelings associated with stress. However, this could not be further from the truth.
Stress and Smoking
Stress as it is associated with tobacco products is actually caused by the tobacco product itself. This comes in the form of nicotine cravings. According to the National Cancer Institute, nicotine cravings result in irritability, frustration, anger, and depression. This craving also tampers with dopamine levels once tobacco smoke is inhaled.
This spike in dopamine levels tricks the individual into believing that the smoke relieved stress. However, the same inhale spiked the blood pressure and increased the heart rate, making the heart work much harder. This means that the body is actually put under stress by the act of smoking. It is the momentary release of dopamine that makes the individual to believe otherwise.
Creating a Long-Standing Habit
It is predominantly during these times, the stress of college, beginning the plight of a future career, or stepping into a role that just cannot be fully prepared for, that long-standing habits are made. According to TTAC, approximately 40% of college students began smoking right after starting college. Out of 70% of college students who even experimented with smoking in college, approximately 41.5% create a long-standing habit becoming regular smokers.
Smoking long-term has far-reaching, severely damaging effects. These effects surpass the commonly known effects such as coughing and possible lung cancer. It destroys numerous bodily functions, and negatively affects the brain – memory, mood & behavior, and central nervous system. It also causes respiratory disease, resulting in emphysema, COPD, and chronic bronchitis. Respiratory disease largely cannot be reversed, and may result in carrying an oxygen breathing device.
One thing to keep in mind is the work that has been done in order to get to this point in life. It is the turning point of your future, and the beginning of a brand new chapter. It is the culmination of your hopes and dreams, and the hard work that has been put in that got you here today. To get to the point of preparing for the LSAT, or beginning law school – courage and overcoming adversity has played a major role for many. It is for this reason that succumbing to a lifelong addiction would undermine the courage and determination displayed until this point.
We are asking for the support of all law students to help others in overcoming this obstacle. There are many who have been faced with the temptation of smoking, and have overcome. We are asking that those of you who have overcome the temptation to reach out to others who may be faced with the very same temptation. To help them overcome, and learn to cope with the rigors of law school by the same determination they used to get to this point.
We are asking that all who have faced these decisions to help others make the right decision: to leave smoking behind, or to not begin at all. Share your story of success with others, or share how you fought the temptation to begin with. Remember, becoming a community of support can help save lives, and bring about harmony and balance. This is what true justice is all about.