I started smoking at an early age. My parents both smoked at the time, so I guess I just wanted to be like them. I can remember liking candy cigarettes when I was a kid, and getting busted for smoking when I was about 8 or 9.
I took up the habit for real when I was in high school. I think all told, I was a regular smoker for about 10 years. It took me about 5 years and a dozen attempts to finally quit, but now I’m a non-smoker, and have no desire to pick it back up. By the grace of God, I’m just done with cigarettes. It doesn’t bother me or tempt me to be around smokers. I just don’t want them anymore.
Though I’m not bothered by smokers, I have to say that I’m glad that the number of places where its acceptable to light up are decreasing. It is decidedly not cool to smoke in today’s culture. Candy cigarettes aren’t sold any more. This is great. Smoking is a horrible habit and its smart for our culture to reject it.
The other day I was listening to the radio as I was driving, and a commercial came on with a machine voice singing “You don’t always die from tobacco.” It cracked me up. Its funny enough to hold your attention, and revolting enough that you instantly agree with its message. I liked it so much that I had to find it on the web to hear it again.
The organization that put this together, Truth, is funded by tobacco companies. Its poetic justice. Whatever your opinion about attorneys, they did a public service when they squeezed tobacco companies to pay for an ad campaign to alert us about the dangers of smoking.
I just heard last week that the Texas lawmakers are working on legislation to make it illegal to smoke in public. Outside, inside, you just wouldn’t be able to. That would mean that the only place its legal to smoke would be your house or your car. That may be a little extreme in my humble opinion, but I’m glad that the public is becoming increasingly engaged in encouraging people to quit.