Here’s a topic that will bring more criticism down on my head. It is a good thing my head is hard, so I can take it.
Let’s talk about smoking cigarettes.
I started smoking when I was 17. Smoking, like getting married at 17, was just another way for me to r
ebel. I didn’t even like it at first, but I really worked at it and soon I learned to love it.
Twenty-eight years later, I began having chest pains and shortness of breath. My doctor said I had to quit smoking so I did. I just laid them down cold turkey.
Now I realize it isn’t that simple for most people. I tried to quit many times before I was successful.
Somebody told me once to just do things that would require me to not smoke… like take long baths. Ha. I always took my cigarette right into the tub with me. I also smoked in bed, in the car and while visiting my friends, who all smoked too. To me it was a social, psychological habit.
When I started smoking there wasn’t even a surgeon general’s warning on the packages. And I sure didn’t realize that I could be harming other people who had to breathe my second-hand smoke. By the time I had children I should have known better but I was hooked by then.
Now we have all kinds of information about how harmful cigarette smoking actually is. So why are our young people still smoking? Why do they start in the first place?
Today is the Great American Smoke-out. So if you are a smoker, just try not to smoke for 24 hours and then if that isn’t too hard maybe you can quit for good.
Believe me it will save you a lot of money if you do and you will feel so much better.
I quit. So can you.
Light-up Rivertown is Saturday in downtown Irvine. It is put on by the hardworking Estill High students in the Future Business Leaders of America Club led by Connie Witt.
There will be food, crafts, pictures with Santa, carriage rides and live music.
It is also lots of fun to watch the children decorate the trees on the front lawn of the courthouse and to stand in the cold waiting for the mayor to throw the switch to turn on the lights.
I hope everybody will come out and join in the good, clean, alcohol-free fun.
I will soon start stating my biased opinion about legalizing marijuana.
First I need to prepare myself for all the letters and e-mail I will get, by girding my loins for battle with as much knowledge as I can gain.
Next thing you know people will want to repeal the laws against driving under the influence.
(Opine- verb-to hold and state as one’s opinion; from Latin opinari, think, believe)