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A poem, Tobacco Road Revisited

Updated on March 28, 2013
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

I must confess, I was the meanest woman you'd ever 'wanna see.

Nine years ago today

I quit smoking

Tossed 'em away

I must confess i was the meanest woman you'd ever 'wanna see

I wanted to smoke

So very desperately

I went to work, walked into the designated smoking arena

The billows of smoke smelled so good

I had visions of smoking and dancing in a Mexican cantina

The aroma made me crazy

Frowning at an old woman sitting in a wheel chair

Smoking and grinning a toothless smile, poor little Mrs Daisy

I quickly regained control again

Hurriedly leaving the area

Feeling rather grim

A nurse friend yelled, " It's break time, come on Ruby let's go burn one."

I could feel my hands around her throat. squeezing

Until she struggled free, then began to run

A sweet little old Lady requested a pain pill

I uttered, " Oh get over it

All you ever do is complain about feeling ill

Who do you think i am

Your slave

Damn "

The Doctor approached me requesting completed admitting orders

I rolled my eyes, thinking

He must think i have an attention deficit disorder

Well i finally made it through my long twelve hour shift

I wasn't a good nurse or a happy camper

If you get my drift?

I clocked out and opened my car door

The stale smoke aroma

Made my yearning soar

I searched the ash-tray looking for a short butt

Forgetting that i'd cleaned the tray

Feeling more and more like a looney tune nut

I made it home without stopping at ' The Quick and Go '

When i entered my home

I was ready to blow

I quickly got into bed and started to read my open book, ' Tobacco Road '

Dozing off

Releasing a heavy load

Soon I was dreaming about a beautiful field of tobacco leaves

Waking up chilled

And having stomach heaves

It really was a touch-and-go recovery time

It lasted for months

I'm thankful i still function and have the cognition to rhyme.

HeeHee.


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello JPSO138, I will relate a place that will help you quit. ( about.com ) I treasure them for helping me quit. You can do it! Thank you...

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I envy your for quitting and for coming up with such a wonderful hub. I am struggling to end this and hope that I will have the strength to stop.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drpastorcarlotta Ruby, So good to see you. I missed you too. Isn't it funny, we remember the date and exact time when we quit smoking and i can't think of a friend's name at times.ha..You said you were set free and it is a feeling of being set free, HALLELUJAH!!! Thank you my friend.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Denizee, Thank's for coming back. I agree. Addictions come in many forms..Cheers..

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Hey! always exploring, I have missed you!!!!! Love this Hub!! I quit smoking in June 24th, 1998. I will never forget that day I was set FREE! I just joined a pray intersession group at my church and at the same time decided to quit smoking. I went out to my car, collected all my cigarettes butts out of the astray and what I did have left in my pack and went back in the church and threw them away!!! After smoking for 26 years, I thought it was going to be hard to quit but it wasn't! Probably because I had help from the Lord. AMEN! Voted-Up on this Hub!!!!!!!

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      Denizee 4 years ago

      Your welcome and you're right it's a very serious addiction as is everything we are exposed to that becomes addictive.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Denizee, So glad you thought it was comical, i wanted to convey that, although it is a serious addiction. Thank you for coming by.....

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      Denizee 4 years ago

      What a comical write and the visuals are fantastic. Glad you kicked the habit - it's a tough one and I can relate - Great Hub

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mollymeadows, I know that i feel better and have saved a bundle, if only kids knew how difficult it is to quit, i'm sure they would never start. Thank you for coming by...Cheers.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Congratulations Ruby! You've probably added 10 years to your life...and who knows how much extra money! :-D

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals, So you can relate. I was bad but not this bad..HaHa..Thank's.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello raciniwa, I am so sorry i missed your comment until now. Thank you. I am completely over the desire. Whoo Hoo...

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Funny. It sounds like my mood when I quit smoking years ago.

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i'm proud of you for getting over it Ruby...let bygones be bygones...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, I hope you know that i exaggerated a bit, Hee..Your comment made me LOL, I'm not kidding..Thank you..You made my day..Cheers

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      OK. Next time I go to the hospital, I'm polling the nurses on my floor to she who has just quit smoking! You sold me!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello dallaswriter, I have missed you too. Glad to see you back. Happy you enjoyed my nutty story..Cheers my friend..

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      dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the humor! Love it, love it! Have missed you and enjoyed reading and catching up:) Hugs to you dear friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, A habit i started in Highschool, difficult to quit but thankful i made it..Thank you Dear friend..Cheers

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      bravo ruby, bravo!

      you gave this addiction and have risen way above it!

      beautiful rhyme to your long gone addiction! many votes as beautiful and sharing it across

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinata, Thank you. I hope so too. It was a fun write about a BAD addiction..Cheers my friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I hope smokers will be ready to quit smoking after reading this.

      This poem was interesting read.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Marti, I know without a doubt it was the most difficult habit to conquer for me. I am thrilled that i no longer need or have a desire for them. Thank you for thinking i can still rhyme..HaHa..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lesley, Thank you for finding it was a fun read. Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Joseph, I'm glad you laughed. I was hoping it would be funny. Of course i hope you know that i would never be mean to a patient HaHa..Thank you for a most enjoyable comment..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shara, I don't think i've met you. Happy you came to visit. Thank you for a positive comment..Cheers

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Some people can quit cold turkey, while others fall to pieces in the process. They say smoking - addiction to nicotine - is the hardest habit to quit. So congratulations, Ruby, you have conquered the debil! And yes, you can still rhyme :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on 9 years smoke free Ruby - well done you!

      A great, fun read and voted up!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I must confess, your poem made me laugh so bad! I must confess, I don't smoke at all, and life is much fun with no craving for it! You did good with this inspiration Rubi! Tobacco road! Time to switch your path and get away from you all: Tobacco, Cigar and that smell between those yellowish teeth...

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      Where there is a will, there is a way and you proved it...and your poem..excellent in describing all your wins!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Max, Thank you. It was a rocky road, not as bad as my depiction, HaHa..Cheers my friend..

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, wow! What a rocky road, Ruby! Although, I am not a smoker I can get how it's tough to get over an addiction. I admire your will power! Great poem, so expressive and honest, very touching =)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello prasetio, You are smart, ( not a smoker ) Thank you for gracing my page my friend..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, Oh my, I know without a doubt if i took one puff i would be hooked again. Thank god i don't crave them. In fact the smell is offensive to me now. Thank you for coming to read my over exaggerated quit. HaHa..Cheers..

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Sorry, Ruby. I am not a smoker. But I still enjoy your poem. Beautiful as always. Thanks for share with us. Cheers, Prasetio

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, lol! yes I know what you mean! I gave up for five years, then started again, then gave up again, now I have an occasional one! lol! great poem, and I totally sympathise!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello CBM, Be happy about being allergic to tobacco, the habit is the most difficult addiction to overcome. Chemo is the last straw, sometimes it works, other times, no. Thank you Ye old pessimist..haha..Cheers

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      CBM1987 5 years ago

      Glad you got over that slump! So many people aren't capable of having that strength! Personally, I guess I lucked out in that area i'm allergic to something in cigarettes. Now if you could only convince people i know to quit XD because i still have the thought one day I'll see them through chemo. But you know me "ye old pessimist"

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello pagesvoice, Yes i see what you mean. Isn't it strange how kids think that it's soo cool to smoke? I remember the first puff i took made me dizzy but it tasted good and i was hooked. I also remember that school lunch cost thirty fice cents and cigs. cost the same, so i never ate lunch. We would all go out behind the gym and puff away. The idea of a pharmacy selling tobacco products is disgusting to say the least. Thank's again for commenting..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Hyphen, Good for you.. I'm glad you got a big laugh this morning. It's so funny, I remember my quit date and time every year. This time i thought i would try to write something funny and still get the message across. I don't have any medical problems from smoking but i'm lucky. My Sis. Virgie who passed away not long ago had COPD from smoking. Thank's for coming by Dear griend.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I did know about the Marlboro Cowboy dying of cancer. Oh, for crying out loud I still have my high school yearbook where my classmates addressed to "The Tarrington Kid." I bought my smokes at the local pharmacy. Kind of a hidden message there...don't you think?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello pagesvoice, I remember well. The Marlboro Cowboy was so handsome. ( Did you know that he died of lung cancer? ) I smoked Virginia slims lights. I started in high school. It was the 'in thing to do. I had to hide my cigs. because my Mother would tear them up in tiny pieces. I also remember how much Hollywood glamorized smoking. Today when i see a young kid smoking, i want to tell them that someday they will want to quit and how very difficult it is..Thank you for your interesting input..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mhatter,Nice to see you. Glad you enjoyed. Thank you my Limerick poet friend..Cheers

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Thanks for a big laugh this morning. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life and am truly thankful for that.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Oh how I feel your pain. I grew up in the era of the Marlboro Cowboy. Remember the Virginia Slims commercials aimed directly at the female audience. I vividly recall my dad, like most post WW II vets smoked unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes. My grandmother smoked Viceroy cigs (they always smelled like burnt peanut butter to me) and my grandfather used to save the coupons on Raleigh smokes. One of the toughest addictions to overcome is smoking and those who haven't picked up this nasty habit have no clue just how difficult it is to stop.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, I'm not sure about Tobacco Road, but this is a great poem. good work thanks :))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Michael, I know what you're going through. Nicotine is the most addictive substance. When we start to smoke we have no idea that we will be hooked for life. When we realize that it is hurting us, we find it almost impossible to quit, but you can do it, it takes GUTS and a strong will-power. Best wishes my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom, I have never even seen a field of tobacco. And yes, i can imagine what the sticky tar on the leaves does to your lungs. I am so glad i quit. Thank you for coming and commenting..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello drbj, I hope you know that this was a huge exaggeration. I hope i was never unkind to a patient, but going to work where all my friends were smokers, made it difficult for me. You said i was strong, I was in this case. Thank you my friend..Loved your comment..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Qudsia, Thank you, I'm glad too! Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, Good for you. I was unaware of chemicals being added, how sad. When is our government going to step up and ban this killer. I think the reason i finally quit was my experience working on the respiratory unit and seeing patients on the respirator begging for a cigarette.. Thank you my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Michiganman, Man can i relate to your comment. I used to do all those things, having to go outside in freezing weather at work to smoke, coughing, needing a fix at least every two hours..Thank you for commenting, means a lot to me..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Mar. I see you've been down that road too..It 'ain't easy but the rewards are great, no more checking to see if you have enough to see you through the night, no more wishing you could quit, no more shame for having no will- power..Loved you poem Sista! Peace and love..

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      OMG Ruby,

      I am battling this damned addiction right now.

      I know all the info and am still struggling. I'm actually writing blogs about quitting on blogger. Can you believe it. I know you can after reading this honest and truthful poem.

      I will endeavour to persevere.

      Michael

      Every vote and tweeting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I enjoyed the humour, but honestly, have you ever tried harvesting those 'beautiful fields of tobacco leaves'? In half an hour your arms are covered in sticky, clinging tar that takes ages to wash off. What does it do to people's insides? So glad you have quit and 'got a life'!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This was one of your best, Ruby, trust me. I enjoyed every word. You are a strong woman, m'luv. Now go get 'em, tiger!

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      So very glad you managed to get yourself out of that grim tobaccoey jungle alive. :)

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Having quit smoking, myself, your description is spot-on. I have heard that this addiction is harder to shake that heroin. It is alarming to hear that tobacco companies are now adding chemicals to cigarettes that create a slower burn and are also addictive. Well done, Ruby!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      That is an awful feeling, but once you make it through to the other side you realize how great it is not to smoke. No coughing, no driving through the snow just to get a pack, no standing in the cold like an animal just to take a puff. Congratulations. A few months of torture for a lifetime of freedom.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A woman's curse,

      Can be terse,

      In her purse,

      A ciggie to nurse.

      On 6-16-1999, I lost my freedom for 46 hours but had it ever since. I breathe easier for many reasons and I congratulate you too, Sista! I don't miss those pretty little Capris one moment!

      voted UP and everythang! Love, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello ImKarn, I'm so glad we found each other too. Your comment cracks me up, that's exactly how i felt at the time.LOL Thank's my new friend..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vet, Good for you. Good to see you on Hubpages again. Thank's for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Spy, Glad you enjoyed, Thank's for commenting..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, Good to see you, glad you enjoyed my nutty ditty. I love the Platters too..Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary,' Sod off 'cracks me up..What does it mean? HaHa I agree with you, many want to quit but find it so difficult. I don't think our government will help, they like the tax dollars too much. Thank's for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, Will..Why is it we can't remember important dates but know the exact date and time we quit smoking? mine was at nine in the morning. Hee

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girishpuri, Thank you for your understanding comment..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Yes, HaHa, Now let's don't be in any hurry, nine years is like a flash when you're older.Hee Thank you my friend...

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      HeHe is right! OMG i feel your pain - and adore your humor! I understand this path only too well - it's laugh or slice one's wrists! I'm very happy we 'found' each other..lol

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      vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

      A wonderful poem Ruby, one that I can relate to, I smoked for many many years then one day just tossed them away and never picked one up again.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow Ruby! All my votes. You chose the good track by quitting. Wonderful! And you finished this hub with impact.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi ae. Well done for quitting smoking. A very good hub. Finished with the the fabulous Platters as well.

      Graham.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well done you, congratulations on the nine years. I know when I was giving up the worst thing was every 5 minutes someone asking how I was doing. 'Sod off' was usually the answer they got, who needs the constant reminder. Lol

      NZ is aiming to be smoke free by 2025, they are hyping up the taxes but there are those who fear that this is going to create a black market. The governments should certainly be doing more to help people stop smoking, there are so many that would but find it too hard.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Ruby,

      I quit February 4, 1995, on a Saturday!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very interesting an you have expressed the urge and control very nicely, voted up.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I applaud you,Ruby. You deserve standing ovations daily. I definitely voted up. You are funny,smart,creative,and deep. 9 more years will pass before we know it. HAH-HAH!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Vincent, I am so sorry about your Mother. Tobacco will stay legal as long as the dollars are filling the pockets of the politicians who lobby for the tobacco companies. I do think weed will be legalized in time for the revenue. I read a report that found that those in rehab were able to quit heroine quicker than tobacco. Thank you for your input. I enjoy your comments my friend. Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Josh, I'm happy you found this piece funny. I love humor. Happy to share. Thank you for coming.. Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Thank you for the poem. I look forward to your poetry on my hubs. I'm glad you liked the video and yes, only a hint of truth.Ha. Arena and cantina was a long shot.Ha..See you at the cafe for coffee and some great music..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello La Thing, Not a smoker, that's good. I've seen too many die from lung cancer. It's the number one preventable death. Thank you for your awesome comment..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, I'm glad you thought this was funny, i was hoping for that effect. And yes, there is life after tobacco. I never think about smoking. I am so glad. Thank you for coming my friend..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, I have heard of that medication, maybe it works. I tried the gum and patches, didn't work, kept just enough nicotine in your system to want more, but I was a hard case. I started smoking in the 50's. It was the ' in thing at the time, all my friends smoked, back then we didn't know it was so bad for you. Thank you..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Docmo, You're so naughty..Ha I was never able to smoke occasionally, You are lucky. Thank you for reading and leaving a heartfelt comment. Cheers my friend..

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      I loved your poem about Tobacco Road, I give anybody credit for quitting smoking, the government is responsible for making it so difficult to quit. It's as addictive as heroine or cocaine. Of course they will jail us if caught smoking to much weed, but as long s they can secure the Tax on billions on smoking tobacco it will stay legal. I suppose once they find a way to tax weed, it will be fully legal to. You did your health wonders by quitting my friend. My mother died of lung cancer and lost one lung in the process before she passed away. She smoked all her life and only gave it up when they handed her an oxygen tank. Great work my poet.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      AE,

      Very funny but also very truthful! Thanks for sharing!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      smoke rings

      is one of the things

      that often brings

      memories of menthol kings

      Great poem, humorus, with that hint of truth. And your video selection is perfect

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Susan, I really believe that i was able to quit by joining a smoking cessation site, ( About. com ) They helped me every step of the way. I remember once i wanted to smoke soo bad and posted, " I'm not going to get fat, I'd rather smoke, " Their response, " Oh don't worry honey, you will be skinny when you get cancer. " That saw me through the day. Good luck. You can do it my friend. Cheers

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Keep it up, Ruby! Great job..... Not a smoker, but can understand your dilemma ..... Excellent poem :)

      Awesome and voting up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shea, Glad you thought it was funny. I had fun writing it..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Will, It's funny how i remember the time and date when i quit. I did really have a difficult time, ( Of course not this bad Ha ) You said that you never looked back. I quit once for two years, never got over the urge. The last time, I was determined and made it. Thank's for coming to read my half fiction story...Cheers..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love this....very funny my friend and congratulations on nine years....it's true, there is life after tobacco!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, funny, and awesome. Funny cause your last line. I know it is no joking matter what tobacco can do to your body. But hey Ruby, good for you to quit. Nine years is some distance! I wished I could. I know I need to. Thinking about trying that Chantix, or something sounding like that. Others say it works real good. Cool poem and congrats!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Good on you for quitting. I never was a smoker but have smoked occasionally... your ditty is a perfect description of the agony people go through when they quit. the moods, the cravings and the desperation, Ruby laced with your sense of humour and honesty. When I'm on vacation I sometimes fire up a stogie.. naughty I know. I feel like one now!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I look forward to it being 9 months never mind nine years :)

      Congrats on your 9 nine year anniversary.

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      shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

      very funny! and good for you for quiting!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I actually lived on tobacco road for a few years and grew the stuff. I quit smoking many years ago, and never looked back.

      Great stuff, Ruby!