Why Top fmcg salesmen gamble smoke drink or chew tobacco heavily?

Do Fmcg Salesmen smoke to relieve unpleasant feelings?

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Many of us smoke to manage unpleasant feelings such as stress, depression, loneliness, and anxiety. When you have a bad day, it can seem like cigarettes are your only friend. As much comfort as cigarettes provide, though, it’s important to remember that there are healthier and more effective ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These may include exercising, meditating, relaxation strategies, or simple breathing exercises.

 Both winning and losing monthly targets are pleasurable. As in gambling.

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Nicotine, the chemical that makes addicts out of tobacco users, is a stimulant with properties similar to those of cocaine and amphetamines. It provides the pick-me-up feeling that tobacco users feel. It increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate, and makes the user feel more alert. Unfortunately these effects wear off after twenty minutes or so, and the tobacco user is left craving for another pick-me-up.

Gambling on daily sales is a cut-throat game with no time for social bonding.

The role of nicotine in the compulsive use of tobacco products is now known to be equivalent to the role of cocaine, ethanol and morphine.

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A Fmcg salesman might resort to career risk gambling to save his(sales)life.

For many people, an important aspect of giving up smoking is to find alternate ways to handle these difficult feelings without turning to cigarettes. Even when cigarettes are no longer a part of your life, the painful and unpleasant feelings that may have prompted you to smoke in the past will still remain. So it’s worth spending some time thinking about the different ways you intend to deal with stressful situations and the daily irritations that would normally have you lighting up.

Why Smoking, drinking, drugs and gambling in Fmcg Salesmen?

Smoking, drug use, alcohol misuse and gambling can contribute to poor mental health. Equally, poor mental health can lead to increased substance misuse, smoking and addictive behaviours.

This means we can find ourselves trapped in a vicious circle.

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For example, someone using cannabis to self-medicate their mental health issues might actually find themselves more anxious and paranoid in the short term, and could even go on to develop a psychotic illness.

Power, the lust for money, and gambling can all become addictive.

Coupled with anxiety about getting the next drink, hit or win, substance misuse and addiction can make us feel guilty, worried about money, and put a strain on our relationships.

Quitting smoking and drugs, cutting down on alcohol and managing our gambling can help us take back control of our moods and emotions.

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People who smoke, for instance, can mistakenly believe that stopping smoking will negatively affect their mental health. But it can actually reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

There are lots of sources of support and information that can help if you smoke, gamble or misuse drugs or alcohol.

Gambling is a business, and the business itself is gambling for many a Fmcg salesman

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Losing sales target is an essential part of job gambling.

The national prevalence of regular use of smoking tobacco is estimated to be 16.2%, chewing tobacco 14.0%, and alcohol 4.5%. Men were 25.5 times more likely than women to report regular smoking, 3.7 times more likely to regularly chew tobacco, and 9.7 times more likely to regularly use alcohol.

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Respondents belonging to working class and daily wagers (recognized disadvantaged groups) were significantly more likely to report regular use of alcohol as well as smoking and chewing tobacco. People from rural areas had higher rates compared to urban dwellers, as did those with no formal education. Individuals with incomes below the poverty line had higher relative odds of use of chewing tobacco and alcohol compared to those above the poverty line. 

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Nicotine: It’s why smoking is so addictive

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What is nicotine?

Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco and vaping products. Nicotine is the main reason why it is so hard to quit smoking.

Why is nicotine so addictive?

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After nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream, it makes its way to the brain. Within seconds of inhaling cigarette smoke or vape mist, or using chewing tobacco, nicotine causes the release of dopamine in the brain, which gives people a good feeling. Over time, the brain begins to crave that feeling from nicotine and people need to use more and more tobacco to get that same good feeling.

Nicotine can also give some users a surge of energy or focus, because nicotine reacts with the adrenal glands to release adrenaline into the body.

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Social Norms on Smoking and Drinking

Some people smoke or drink excessively to relieve stress or cope with problems. Studies have shown that social norms play a part in shaping behaviour. Often, people smoke or drink among friends who do so, to be socially accepted. This is true especially for men.[3,4]

The problem with smoking is that it becomes behaviour that is part of your life, meaning that smoking becomes an auto-response, not a conscious decision.

 Unfortunately, smoking and drinking tend to go together. By engaging in such behaviour among friends, one bad habit leads to two, multiplying the negative effects to your body.

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How to recognize nicotine addiction

Here are some signs to look for if you think you might have an addiction to nicotine:

You feel grumpy, anxious, or easily angered if you stop using tobacco.

You have trouble controlling when, where and how often you smoke.

You think about using tobacco (you crave a cigarette) many times a day.

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What are the health risks of nicotine addiction?

Many health issues come from long-term nicotine use, ranging from poorer blood circulation and heart problems to digestive system issues. Pregnant women who smoke also put their baby at risk of developing serious health problems during the pregnancy and later on in life.

Nicotine can harm a teenager’s memory and ability to concentrate, as well as alter their brain development and lessen their ability to control their impulses.

Many health issues from nicotine use are also linked to the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco and vaping products. Some of these chemicals can cause cancer and other serious health problems.

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How Can I Help Myself Cut Down or Quit?

If you hang out with friends who smoke and drink, here are a few ways that you can still cut down on your cigarette and alcohol consumption[5]:

Break the association of smoking with drinking. By not engaging in both sets of behaviours at once, you can focus on stopping one habit at a time, instead of both, which can be daunting in the beginning.

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Cut back a little each day e.g., have one less cigarette or drink per day so that every day you cut down is a small success to be celebrated.

Consider alternative activities for future social gatherings: sports/games, social gatherings in non-drinking/smoking areas.

Have smaller-sized drinks.

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Drink water as a ‘spacer’ between drinks.

For smokers aiming to quit smoking completely, quitting cold turkey is known to be one of the most effective methods. But if you feel that you are not ready to quit immediately, you can consider these methods:

Gradual reduction method i.e. start by cutting down the number of cigarettes each day

Delay method i.e. put off having a cigarette as long as possible

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Nicotine replacement therapy e.g., nicotine gum, skin patches, or lozenges

Enlist the support of family and friends in your journey to quit.

Smokeless or spit tobacco is NOT a healthy alternative to smoking

Smokeless tobacco, otherwise known as spit or chewing tobacco, is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. It contains the same addictive chemical, nicotine, contained in cigarettes. In fact, the amount of nicotine absorbed from smokeless tobacco can be 3 to 4 times the amount delivered by a cigarette.

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What is gutkha?

In 1975, the areca nut industries, using traditional Indian technology, along with the tobacco industry developed a dry preparation. This product without tobacco is known as ‘Pan masala’, while the product with tobacco is known as ‘Gutkha’.

Commercially manufactured gutkha consists of sun-dried, roasted, finely chopped tobacco, areca nut, slaked lime, and catechu. This blend is mixed together with several other ingredients such as flavorings and sweeteners. It is either held in the mouth, sucked, or chewed. Saliva is generally spat out, but sometimes swallowed. Now, gutkha use has spread gradually to all parts of the world like South Asia, Europe, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States of America largely by South-east Asian expatriates.

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What does gutkha contain?

Nearly 4200 chemical constituents have been identified in gutkha. The main carcinogens in gutkha are derived from its ingredients including tobacco, areca nut, lime, and catechu. Gutkha (pan masala with tobacco) has been proved to be a carcinogenic agent

In India, 53.9 million men and 11.1 million women, 48.6 million of rural population and 16.5 million of urban population consume gutkha.

Why has gutkha consumption increased in Fmcg Salesmen?

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Gutkha has made inroads in traditional society and people with lower socioeconomic status as an alternative source of smoking.

 The myth in favor of gutkha that it is less harmful than smoking products is a major challenge in India. Gutkha consumption has increased because of aggressive advertisement, and convenient packed sachets, which is available in various brand names in almost all shops at affordable cost.

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The widespread marketing of gutkha with strategic placement of kiosks near schools has led to a widespread addiction amongst school-going children as well. Gutkha use can begin from early age of childhood due to its flavored sweet taste, easy availability, cost effectiveness, and instant stimulus.

Gutkha’s ease of procurement and storage, and also lack of social stigma may promote the switch from paan or smoking to gutkha. Many people use gutkha to obtain the psychoactive effects of nicotine.

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Some authors reported that all users thought that tobacco use may enhance the sense of wellbeing, reduce anxiety and appetite (in taxi drivers), produce arousal or relaxation, relieve tension, help concentration (in clerks, cashiers), combat bad breath, and also may be considered as a leisure activity. Some researchers found that habit of gutkha chewing is very difficult to quit

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No one cares about relationships when gambling,not even fmcg salesman.

Gambling is an addictive behavior with high comorbidity with alcohol problems and smoking. A common feature shared by these conditions is impulsivity. Past research shows that individuals with any of these addictions discount delayed money at higher rates than those without, and that the presence of gambling and substance use lead to additive effects on discounting.

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Gambling is a misguided choice for the greedy to try to get rich.

Results revealed effects of history of alcohol problems, and an interaction between smoking and alcohol problems, on discounting.But smokers with histories of alcohol problems discounted money less steeply than the other groups of gamblers. 

Gamblers feel that their life depends on gambling.

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The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.” 

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