Monday, 21 April 2008

How To Give Up Smoking # 2



BY MEANS OF INTRODUCTION, SUBJECT MATTER WISE, THIS IS SIMPLY SOMEONE WHO CHOOSES TO PLACE ONLINE, THEIR LIVE EXPERIENCE OF QUITING SMOKING FOR GOOD. ANY/ALL COMMENTARY IS WELCOMED.

Err, Part # 1 never happened, so I kicked in immediately with part # 2.

God this is a really tough one.


OK, I admit, I have been a smoker since I was 16.

That's not strictly true, I first tried 'making my own' in the back yard from fallen beech leaves that 'looked like' tobacco leaves.

At the age of 7 - 8 though, I had no idea.

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Come 16, I "managed" to afford my first pack. 10 of course because 20 was too expensive.

"Could I have 10 Benches & Hedges please"
, asked the v. trembling sweaty schoolboy?

I remember it well.



Back then, if one could not afford a 10/20 pack, local shop-keepers would ask no questions and sell you a "single". - NICE (at least I thought).

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20 or so years passed.

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There comes a point.

I can only really speak in UK terms, but the cost of this filthy habit is beyond me in all terms. I got hooked at an early age, and somehow, I think I was not the only one !!!!

If I had seen the likes of this when I were a boy, I think I might just have come to a different conclusion.

To conclude, the first image to me is the most striking and the more of these the better.

2 comments:

Wobbler said...

According to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2617585.stm the following are health warnings on the back of packs:

- Smoking may reduce the blood flow and causes impotence
- Smoking causes ageing of the skin

If you ask me, they should have gotten rid of the blood flow thing (doubt anyone really cares) in the first message to make room for the ageing of skin thing to form one message: hits both the men and women at the same time, hard. And the weird combination may have an extra “freaky” factor, too.

As for me, I quit smoking a month after I started it. Started it because it was cool to smoke as a kid. Though when I found myself experiencing breathing issues shortly later, I decided that being cool just was not worth the health issues. Plus, to me, its taste was similar to inhaling deeply while chewing on anything that had a mint flavour, so I thankfully never experienced the addictive element of it.

McDawg said...

Thanks for dropping by Wobbler.

I picked that particular warning at random. The simplest that I've seen simply says "SMOKING KILLS".

Well done for quitting so quickly. If memory serves me correctly, most cigarettes contain over 100 added chemicals, many of which are highly addictive. Doesn't take rocket science to work out why tobacco companies add these.