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Just something weighing on my mind. I would love to hear as many comments and concerns from you all.

Submitted:Jun 14, 2008    Reads: 200    Comments: 16    Likes: 14   

I recently saw a bumper sticker on a car that made me stop and think. It read, "At least I can smoke in my car." Out loud, I said, "Not if you have small children in the car with you." Yes, you heard that right. I live in Louisiana. We have recently passed a law forbidding anyone from smoking in cars carrying children under 12. All restaurants are smoke free, as well. Also, you cannot be within 20 feet of a public entrance to smoke.
I understand why people smoke. I, too, used to smoke. By the time I was 15, I was a chain-smoker. I smoked at least a pack a day, sometimes more. Cigarettes relaxed me. They complemented a meal. Cigarettes and coffee just go well together. Especially at three in the morning while I'm trying to write.
I have been smoke free since July 8, 2000. The day before my 24th birthday. I was in New Orleans with my daughter. She was in the hospital for a heart surgery. While she was in surgery for four hours, I went downstairs to have a cigarette. There were about three other people in the courtyard smoking as well. One person seemed to stand out more than the others. He was not much older than me. His department tag read "Respiratory". I shook my head and laughed to myself. I didn't even finish the cigarette. It was then that it dawned on me what I was doing to my health, and to those around me.
I would love to hear comments from you. A couple of questions from me are
1. Do you currently smoke?
2. If so, have you ever tried to quiet? Why or Why not?
3. How long have you smoked?
4. If you have never smoked, do you know someone who does?


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