Mass destruction without weapons!

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Today’s daily prompt is called “Undo” and asked: If I could un-invent something, what would it be? Well, that’s kind of a no-brainer for the Happy Quitter. I would un-invent cigarettes…the tobacco plant would be just an unwanted weed with absolutely no purpose. Yes, I think I would like this idea.

Health officials have known that more than 1 billion people around the world smoke and 4.83 million people die each year from nicotine and tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization. That’s about one person dying every six seconds.  2.41 million in developing countries and 2.43 million in rich nations. This is a world-wide problem and will not just go away by it self.

  • In the last 50 years 20 million Americans have died because of smoking.
  • If smoking continues at the current rate more than 5.6 millions Americans younger that 18 years today, will be dying prematurely from smoking related diseases.
  • 42 millions Americans still smoke and about 3 million middle and high school students continue to smoke.
  • The estimated economic costs attributable to smoking and exposure to nicotine and tobacco continue to increase and now approaches $300 billion annually…with direct medical costs of at least $130 billion and productivity losses of more than $150 billion a year.

Yes…I would undo the invention of cigarettes and cigarette related products. I knew all along it wasn’t healthy for me, I just never really wanted to know the facts. Like every other smoker I preferred to live a little bit in denial. I did notice the warning labels on the cigarettes for years…but overlooked them on each and every pack. It’s not that I can’t read…I just decided to not be bothered by some facts. Heck that might have taken the fun out of smoking a decade earlier :-).

I was a happy smoker and now I am a happy quitter. I will continue to post some “smoking hot facts” and will continue to get the word out.

If I could quit and stay quit…so can everybody.

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25 thoughts on “Mass destruction without weapons!

  1. So glad to read this. I quitted in 1974, but it showed up that I was so allergic to the smoke so when forced to be in rooms with smokers I was ill for 48 hours. Not easy as a health visitor when people in their own homes could smoke as they wished. I also felt very bad for the poor children in these smokers home. The smoking parents were not very interested in changing habits

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  2. A really fine plan. And that one could be accomplished — with time travel, of course. And better yet, there would be no negative outcome, except that the people in tobacco growing regions would have had to find another cash crop. I like it. GREAT idea. I have had many difficult things to do in this life, but I think finally quitting smoking completely was the absolutely hardest thing I ever had to do. I did it, but not before it almost did me in.

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    • I love time travel (I think). Right now I would travel back to July and get out of the freezing temperatures. I just came back from our walk and the dogs and I are almost frozen LOL. I don’t know why, but quitting was easier than I thought it would be. I guess I got myself ready for a few years and then just walked away. But it is a roller coaster ride and tricky. My husband still smokes and believe it or not…the smell and his routine is a good reminder for me to stay quit for good.

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  3. Congratulations on giving up. I gave up 23 years ago and it is the best thing I ever did. I’d never go back to smoking and it wasn’t as hard as I had expected. Mind you I had tried numerous times before my successful attempt. Thanks for dropping by and following. Look forward to seeing you around here, there and round about.

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  4. You really have a powerful message and personal story! It’s interesting that just today I spent some time listening to a coworker describe for me how hard it was for her to give up cigarettes a number of years ago. Cigarettes have such an insidious hold on so many. That picture just about says it all!

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