I’ll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I’ll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don’t think those things are right for me. ~ Elvis Presley
I know, this may be the wrong person to use to convince you of this post’s heading. I’m not going to let that stop me from using it though. Just because Elvis traded smoking for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches…and drinking for pills doesn’t take away from the message.
I’m an ex-smoker. I’m very proud of that…maybe even more proud than of being an ex-drinker. Quitting drinking was easy – or as easy as it could be. It was a necessity. I fully believe that continued drinking would have killed me. Continued smoking would have killed me too, but only eventually.
I’m an ex-smoker, but I hope I’m not one of those kinds of ex-smokers. You know, the ones that produce a fake cough every time someone lights up. Or the kind that wrinkle their nose and move away all dramatic like. I was very annoyed with people like this when I smoked, so I do my best not to act this way. It’s tough though.
I don’t smoke and I don’t want to smoke. I am not a fan of gratuitous smoking in films. ~ Edward Norton
How about a list of reasons why I don’t like smoking?
- It stinks – literally. I go out, from time to time as a DD, and hit up the bars and such. When I get home my clothes are saturated with the smoke stench.
- It hurts. After a night of partying I could always tell where my lungs were the next day. Chest pains are the worst – especially when you know you’re doing it to yourself. Not to mention all of the drunken cigarette cherry burns.
- It’s a waste of time. “Hey where you going?” Oh, I need to go have a smoke. “But, we’re having fun – trading stories…what if you miss something?” I’ll be fine. It’ll only take seven minutes…fourteen if I double up.
- It causes poor decision-making. Where are we going to eat dinner? I don’t know…do they allow smoking? Did you know that some airports still offer a smokers “aquarium”? If you go in you have to purchase something. They have nice seating reminiscent of a sardine can. But here’s the kicker – if you don’t smoke…they don’t have a place for you to sit while you’re waiting for the smokers.
- It looks dumb. Alright, I have to admit that Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt each look cool smoking…but aside from that (and maybe a lady smoking fetish, not mine though) it’s pretty dumb looking. Did I really hang a ciggie out of my mouth as I drove down the street?
- It’s expensive. When I started a pack cost about $2.25. I’m not sure how much they are now, but when I quit they were close to $5.00, for the good ones. This goes back to the poor decision-making. I would always buy the cheapest they had right before I quit. (I believe that on either coast they are around $7.50 a pack…IF you buy two packs.)
So, there you have it. I’m sorry smokers – no offense…and I still love you…but, you have to admit this is all pretty true. Right?
What is your experience with smoking?