If you have never been a smoker you do not know how good that cigarette is after a good meal. I have said for a long time, If I could limit myself to three cigarettes or cigarillos a day, I think I would do it, but I can not do that. I was a two pack a day man, and if I tried three a day I know in a month I would be back to 2 packs a day. I have had a few habits in my life and smoking was the one I truly enjoyed.
BUT I did quit. It was a long time before I could actually relax and not want a cigarette. Ok, so today if I was still smoking at that rate I guess I would be spending $35 to $70 a week. WOW, I couldn’t do that. I’m saving money.
An addict will find a way to feed a habit. I remember when cigarettes were 15-17¢ a pack in the stores. I remember hearing men say, if they reach 35¢ a pack I am quitting. That is easy to say (hard to do). Now with government taxing the smoker to death, just buying them will keep the poor man in the poor house. A habit of two packs a day can be a car payment.
Remember when you could smoke in every room in the hospital except intensive care and where Oxygen was in use? Now the smoker is relegated to the outhouse.
I had a good friend who was an alcoholic. When eh drank, everyone drank. BUT when he was on the wagon, you could get sick of the snide remarks about drinking.
Many non-smokers have no sympathy for the smoker. Well I do. I know why these folks smoke. They don’t do it just to p--- you off. They say it is my lungs, leave me alone. Yeah I know about second hand smoke. After I quit I loved it. I got as close to a smoker that I could. HA!
Really we all get along pretty good. The smokers know you hate the smoke and most of them will do their best not to upset the non-smoker. Yeah, I know you think “he is killing him/herself”, they don’t because they ‘know a man who was 104 and smoked a pack a day’. They know a non smoker who died at 35. Heck, I used that logic to make me feel better too.
Yeah I know it would be better if no one smoked. But I just read a study that says: “SUGAR IS THE NEXT TOBACCO”. I can believe that.
Okay, I know we all do the best we can to take care of ourselves. Just don’t throw slurs at folks that you do not know their life or problems.
I like being tobacco free myself. But I still believe it is a GREAT STRESS “Taker care of’er”.
In the ‘50’s one could not get enough of the Merc customs.
PS2: I am working on a Poconos entry, but it is tough for pictures because of the intense traffic in this tourist driven area.