I was on my way to work this afternoon, driving on the 403 to Mississauga when I turned to look at the car in the next lane. In this car was an old man with his window rolled down and she was smoking. It puzzles me because he is the only person in the car and yet he has his window rolled down. I’m sure that if he loves smoking so much that he would keep his window up so he can savour the smoke.
I don’t smoke. A majority of my friends does but peer pressure did nothing for me. I’ve experienced second hand smoking though and that is supposed to be even worse. I’m not sure what joy people get from smoking. I don’t think I want to find out either. I remember back in Thailand, I was with these two older kids. They were smoking and that got me curious. So they handed me the cigarette and told me to take a puff. I was about four years old at the time so I didn’t have the brains to think for myself. I remember taking a puff and then passing out. I don’t know how I managed to get home. Either that was a dream or it actually happened. I remember it pretty clearly so I think it actually happened. I don’t keep track of all my dreams so I doubt it was a dream.
I don’t understand how some people find pleasure in smoking. Every time I see someone I know smoking, I always asking if they ever think of quitting. I’m sure they know that it is harmful to their bodies but for some reason, beyond my comprehension they continue to smoke. Breathing in that stuff second hand is bad enough let alone doing it directly. But it’s not like I pressure them to stop. I just ask if they thought about it. I know a lot of people are trying to stop but soon or later the urge comes back. Hanging out with guys that smoke don’t help the quitting either. But I’m impressed that they managed to go three months without smoking.
A coworker from my last job is trying to quit. Every time I see her leave for a smoking break, I would shake my head. And she would know what I’m talking about too. That is a good thing because she’s trying. The last time I saw her, she said she went about three weeks without smoking. She had some help from the patch. I think she mentioned that her mom was using it too so they shared. But I saw her again the following week and she was out there smoking away again.
I believe that if a smoker can go one day without smoking, they have the will power required to quit completely. Quitting smoking can’t be done right away. You need to start cutting away at small doses. I’ve heard of people smoking a pack a day. A day! But they’ve managed to cut it down to a pack a week. I think once they realize the damaged they are doing and the money they are wasting, they’ll quit sooner or later. If you smoke, do the math and see how much money you would be saving if you didn’t smoke.