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Quitting Smoking and Loving It

Updated on April 21, 2015
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

Yesteryear

There was a time, when doctors and seemingly health savvy people had no problem advocating for smoking ads and the smoker's lifestyle.

As ludicrous as this may sound, ads like this one could be found in magazines and other media to encourage the public to smoke.

It was considered politically correct to do it, actually is was tied to a sense of distinction and class to hold a cigarette in your hand. It was allowed in public places and buildings. Like alcohol, was a huge part of the American way of life.

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Let's take a look shall we...

Why?

If you ever wonder how smoking became the plague that is today? This 1960s ad for Winston Cigarettes will erase all doubts from your mind.

Decades of brain washing and free license to advertise about smoking has set the stage for the problem that we have today. After forty years of consumerism and advertising tobacco products, the evidence of misrepresentation from these companies is obvious.

Why people smoke?


When it comes to addictions, there are no easy answers. There are social components, predisposition due to genetics, or simply that first cigarette that he should have turned down. Ether way, the fact is, that is a health hazard for the person in question and everyone in the proximity of the smoker.

In this day and age, and thanks to the obscene amount of deaths related to tobacco consumption, the big tobacco companies are forced to provide funding to help promote educational ads to quit smoking.

Also the government has provided with initiatives to help us quit. And still, people will smoke that next cigarette no matter how compelling the General Surgeon advice might be.

They have tried everything, even humor. But this is no laughing matter.

Can smoking be eradicated from the United States?

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Let's be honest...

Any smoker can come up with ten reasons to why they have not kicked the habit yet. And to be honest, apart from this being a public health issue, people have the right to do whatever they want, especially if this is a taxable product that is completely legal.



Statistics and more statistics

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There nothing positive about smoking

Come on, this is the generation of informed decisions and educated people. We have the information and the means to quit smoking successfully.

And to be honest, let's do the math, in California for example a box of cigarettes runs for $6.75. One box per day that would be $202.50 a month, and $2,430 a year. Yikes! That hurts. Especially in this economy.

In a society that is trying to be healthier and live longer, quitting the cancer stick makes sense.

It's worth it

It all comes to you

Aren't you tired of feeling tired all the time. Smelling like an ashtray and spending what would be otherwise a car payment every month, for something that is slowly killing you and those that you love?

Don't you owe it to yourself to live a longer healthier life? You are worth it. Make a commitment to yourself to do this. Make a plan and decide now to follow through and QUIT!

Say it ...

© 2012 Anan Celeste

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      Anan Celeste 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi rcrumple!

      I also admit, is a very seductive addiction. It may be crazy, it may be harmful, but we have to substitute it for something else. Believe me is not worth it.

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      I have to admit, I smoke. I did it for years because it was one way to get away from the madness at work and have a few quiet moments at work. Now, even though I'm well aware of all the hazards, I do it because I like it. That may sound crazy, but it's true. Great hub!

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      Mark G Weller 

      5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      A great article, clearly enunciated and factual!

    • ananceleste profile imageAUTHOR

      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Hey barbergirl;

      Congratulations!!! You are now part of the select few that has given themselves a second chance. Blessings.

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Hi iamaudraleigh:

      Everyone has reasons to keep doing what we are doing. But the rewards of leaving behind what is causing us harm that defines how strong we can be. Let it be your goal to discover your true potential. You will be surprised of all the things you are missing.Blessings

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Get hub and a great motivator for ayone who hasn't quit the blhabit yet.... A friend on Facebook asked others who have quit successfully what the secret was - cold turkey the whole way - after all, you have to want it. Anytime o have been successful cold turkey is what I did!

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      You have written a well rsearched hub! I currently smoke and have purchased the electronic cigarette to have as a backup for the days I try to quit. I am going to the Adirondacks to go camping...cannot smoke there! I hope I stop there!

      I too have zillions of reasons to keep on smoking, right? Well, I do not really want to die!

      I will share this and vote up this hub! Congratulations on quitting yourself!

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Oh Gelbee; I know you can quit this, sweetie. I have faith in you 100% and I know that the more you accept how wonderful life can be without this dragging you, you will be set free. I was a prisoner of the cancer stick for 14 years. ( I started when I was 22 and finally quit a couple of months ago after turning 35) It almost killed me, Even though I only smoked 5 to 6 cigarettes a day.My heart condition worsen to the point of no return. I know it can be done. I did it cold turkey. I know you can.

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      Gelbee 

      6 years ago

      Why can I not tell when this article was posted...Excellent tip's advice and support...I have been struggling a great deal in the past month to quit. I'm currently 57 yo and have already been disagnosed with COPD 5 year's ago, and now I'm sure I have a severe case of it...but do not yet need O2. I have seen family member's and friend's die from it first hand, it is a God Aweful death...I want to desperately quit, but am having a great struggle. I have cut down significantly in the past month, but need to come to a complete halt! I have been experiencing a myriad of emotion's over the whole situation. Angry that the Tobacco company's exist at all, anxious about being addicted. I experience anxiety when I'm not smoking as well as when I do...SCARED, depressed over the loss of something that I enjoy...I can rationalize to the hilt as to why I do, as well as come up with so many reason's why it would be a positive thing to quit...I AM SO MAD! And very scared looking at it from any direction....Sorry for the long rant....

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Glad you like it Caroline!

      I know, is crazy. But then again that baby probably died of cancer at the age of 45...

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting hub Ana! Those ads are amazing. I can't believe they even used a toddler in an ad. That's crazy. Funny I just wrote a poem about quitting- or trying to quit. lol.

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Felina and teaches,for your comments. I found the vintage ads too funny and weird at the same time. The look on my kids faces when they saw the Flinstone's ad was priceless...

      I am glad I did this. I became an opportunity for me to share it with my kids.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This should be a public service announcement on TV also! Great coverage and points well made. The cost alone is reason to give up the habit. It is scary to see those consumption figures! Voted up.

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      Felina Margetty 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Interesting hub. My great Gran who is 93 and still alive with all her marbles smoked for 60 years.My dad told me that he was given cigarettes in the Army for free. Five cigarettes with every box of c- rations. What ever that is. I am sure they are bad for you, but I smoke one occasionally. I do it to be sociable. One of the traps eh! Cheers for the work in this hub and good luck. F.

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