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
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
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
3. How long have you smoked?
4. If you have never smoked, do you know someone
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