I have put a non-smoker button on my blog, in support of a fellow blogger who has committed herself to quitting. I'm always willing to encourage people to quit. I lost my Dad to lung cancer in May of 1998. He smoked nearly all of his life.
He was 58. The closer I get to that age, the more I realize how young he was (my husband is 50 now). My Dad had 4 grandchildren that he never met (two of them are my kids), and one who was just an infant when he died. It is such a waste. But he was addicted.
I'm not here to judge. Smoking is such a tough addiction. I used to smoke when I was younger, just to be cool. Luckily, I quit. This is what made me quit: I saw my friend smoking in the parking lot and she blew out some smoke (mind you, she had done it thousands of times before that). It suddenly hit me that she looked like a smokestack from a train. It looked so stupid. From then on, I looked at myself and wondered why I wanted to look stupid too. From then on, I quit. Funny, isn't it? I didn't want to look like choo choo train.
So, for all you smokers out there. Take a pledge. Kick the habit. Just say to yourself, "I don't want to look like a choo choo train"