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Proud To Be A Smoker

Updated on October 11, 2011

Smoking Is The Best

I am absolutely proud to be a smoker. At least that is how I felt up until May 6, 2010. It was some glorious, something that so many people were doing, hell even in many cases it seemed like a smart thing to do. Only a few years ago I was part of the majority. There were more smokers then there were non-smokers. However, times have changed drastically. Today if you are a smoker you may as well have a contagious disease. Smoking has gone from the in thing to do to being one of the most unacceptable habits in North America.

Many of us do have to understand that smoking isn't just a habit, smoking is actually a very bad addiction. There is no doubt in my mind that a smoker can be compared to a person who is addicted to drugs. The problem comes into play that a smoker does not smoke by choice but rather because they have to. If a smoker does not smoke a certain amount of cigarettes in a certain amount of time they will start to suffer from withdrawals. Many years ago this was very easy, you could smoke practically everywhere even in hospitals, doctors offices, and the middle of the supermarket. Because it was so widely accepted smoking was the perfect drug of choice. The only time you would ever suffer a withdrawal would be because of your own silliness by forgetting to get a pack before you ran out. We all know this didn't happen very often though.

As years went on more and more rules fell into place as to where a smoker could smoke or as they say in the drug world get their fix. At first restricting smokers was something that was considered a bad thing to do. The first people who tried it were criticized very publicly and in many cases they were made to look like they were the bad ones.

Then we were introduced to secondhand smoke, and in a hurry it became something to worry about. Now it was apparent that the smokers were starting to hurt the health of people who chose not to smoke. Now the people against smoking had some real powerful information in their corner. People were starting to listen, people were starting to understand and people were starting to eliminate smoking from their lives. Slowly but surely the smokers became the minority. So many restrictions have been put in place that finding a place to smoke has become more and more difficult.

Day by day smoking is becoming more and more difficult. There was a time when you could smoke at work including anywhere at work, then there was designated smoking areas and designated smoking times. Now many companies have put a total ban on smoking anywhere on their property. This means for many smokers they have to end up going eight hours without a cigarette. To show you how strong smoking is people are actually willing to look for different jobs where they are at least allowed to still have cigarette breaks. This however does not mean that their next employer will not put in the same rules as the previous.

The question we need to ask is not even about health at the moment. Just look around and see that if you are a smoker the hassles are becoming greater and greater each day. It seems that almost anywhere you go nowadays smoking is absolutely unacceptable. So the question you do need to be asking yourself is smoking really worth the hassle? In my opinion now is the time to say I will never take another drag of a cigarette.

What Are You Willing To Do

In this day and age its all about quitting smoking.  It really isnt your choice anymore. 

I know smoking is a nasty addiction and habit.  However as a 2 pack a day smoker, and a 30 year smoker who has quit I think I have room to put in my two bits.

I say that you need to quit and you need to do it now.  Go ahead and use anything that will help.  Feel free to use the gum, patch or even a book such as The Quit Smoking Book

Also head over to my blog to follow my path of being a non smoker.  See the Blog Here

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    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Well I am almost at 8 months and believe it or not there are still people who doubt I will stay and be a smoking quitter.

      I love not smoking, I love being able to breathe, i love not having terrible breath, i love not having to try and find someplace to smoke. There is just so much I love about being a quitter that I made a commitment to quit and now the commitment is to never start smoking again.

      Thanks for all the great comments

      Dale

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      It is amazing tht with all the evidence and convincing publicity, youngsters still start to smoke. Where it the big deal?

    • lorlie6 profile image

      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You are such an inspiration, Dale. I understand completely how difficult it is to quit this habit. I quit for 3 months in '09, but started smoking again for absolutely no reason.

      It's time to do it again-so I can have a surgery I need-and will read this again when I'm ready.

      Thanks again.

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Do you notice how you can really smell it on other people now? When I go to the store now,people smell like dirty ashtrays. LOL

      It is New Years Eve. This will be the test. We are going to a party.

      Happy New Years to you and yours

      Tina

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    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Yes will power is important but before will power can kick in you need to want to quit. I told myself every day for 90 days that I was quitting on May 6 and I did

    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Dale, the only way to quit is WILLPOWER. Yep, that is it. I have and I know many that have tried with all the gimmicks out there and all they did was lose their money. You have got to be ready to quit and when you are you can.

      That is how my husband and i did it. We want to live longer and be healthy.

      Peace

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