I know you smokers think smoking relieves your stress, is good with coffee, is already a hard habit to break, is great after *beep*, projects a lot of sex appeal, yada, yada, yada. I know a lot of your reasons. We used to live with a smoker. You can think of a thousand and one reasons why continue smoking.
I can only think of a few to quit.
1. Don’t complain that times are hard because you can still afford a puff or two.
Our retired driver once told me a story that made him quit.
Once, times were hard and they were barely surviving. One of his children asked him for 25 centavos to buy some snacks because he was hungry. He said he had no money. But almost at the same time, he habitually and mechanically bought one stick (then also worth 25 cents) and began to smoke it. The sheer magnitude of his realization came down on him and his conscience. So much that he threw the stick away after only one puff and vowed never again to smoke.
2. Smoking kills.
A doctor-guest in my dad’s radio program on alternative living (I’ll plug it on some future blog because it’s beside the point), pointed out that when you are diagnozed with lung cancer, don’t attempt to treat it because it’ll just be a waste of money. It cannot be cured.
We recently lost a cousin (and a dear friend of my father’s since they were the same age. Yes, we are a big clan, but again I digress) to lung cancer. And from what I have seen, dying of cancer is not a good way to die.
We also lost a good teacher more than a few years ago (no, not the one I blogged about recently, but another priest, Fr. Jess Lucas, S.J., the only teacher that gave me a grade of 100…in RELIGION! May he rest in peace…) to lung cancer. From second hand smoke. Yes, our dear teacher was a non-smoker but was in the company of quite a few during his lifetime.
So it’s bad enough that you are killing yourself. Technically, you are killing the people around you, as well.
There you have it. Only two reasons. I hope they’re enough.
So to all you smokers (my friends, relatives, officemates, and you, Sam) please stop. Please.