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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Tobacco 

Where to start? How about tobacco kills! If you think differently, you are probably a smoker. Everytime you indulge in tobacco you are killing yourself.

Before you get all hasty, I smoked for eight years before I successfully quit. Starting smoking was the dumbest thing I have ever done, but quitting was by far the best.

To this day I still get cravings (2.5 years later) but you just deal with them, I will never smoke again. In fact after I quit I am now extremely sensitive to smoke. I get an instant headache if exposed.

I try to get others to quit, but I get the "You only smoked for eight years, try 20." Let me set this straight. The body doesn't know who long it has been addicted, just that it is dependent on a substance that is unnatural for it. So saying smoking for 20 years over 8 years is harder to quit is just plain false. Addiction is addiction. Everyone goes through withdrawl, not just 10+ year smokers.

The reason we get these responses, is because people don't want to quit, or have no willpower to quit, but if they really wanted to quit they would. No number of pamphlets/propaganda will ever make them quit. I have seen people watch loved ones die of smoking related illnesses, then light up 5 minutes later. That is how strong addiction is for smokers.

Now that I have become smoke free, I am a huge supporter of thetruth.com. I think what they do is great and they should continue to educate more and more people. The marketing companies for big tobacco will forever try to convince you that smoking will not kill you. They may not come out and say it, but have you have seen an ad from big tobacco where the smoker is not having the time of their life?

An interesting fact: Every 8 seconds someone dies from a tobacco related illness.

Check the counter below to see how many people have died from tobacco this year.



That is just an insane number and will continue to grow unless people continue to quit. If you are not a smoker, this still affects you. You breathe in what other exhale. That will kill you just as fast. You need to get involved and try to make a difference.

Tobacco will never be illegal because big tobacco, as well as other large companies, run this country. They financially support our government, and they will never be put out of business. The only way to make them lose money is to quit.

Don't give another dollar to a company that wants you dead.


2 Comments:

At 4:10 AM EST, Blogger Charles B. Rangel said...

The most prevalent and easily avoidable type of cancer is the one caused by the use of tobacco. This includes the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Even though smokers are addicted to nicotine, the fact that 200,000 people die every year due to smoking caused cancer should be enough motivation to quit. Some experts say that cessation of smoking can increase lifespan by up to 20 years. http://www.chantixhome.com/

 
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