My Friend Cigarette
Here's a good little motivator, written by quit smoking guru Joel Spitzer.
My Cigarette, My Friend
How do you feel about a friend who has to go everywhere with you? Not only does he tag along all the time, but since he is so offensive and vulgar, you become unwelcome when with him.
He has a peculiar odor that sticks to you wherever you go.
both of you stink.
He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump. Sometimes in the middle of a
blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the store and pick him up.
You would give
your spouse hell if he or she did that to you all the time, but you can't argue with your
Sometimes, when you are out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand
in the lobby with him and miss important scenes.
Since he calls all the shots in your life,
Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either. Instead of politely telling you
that you have lousy taste, he burns little holes in these items so you will want to throw
Sometimes, he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too.
gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.
He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack of property destruction
costly, but you must pay to keep him with you.
In fact, he will cost you thousands of
dollars over your lifetime.
And you can count on one thing, he will never pay you a
penny in return.
Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having lots of fun
But your friend won't let you.
He doesn't believe in physical activity. In his
opinion, you are too old to have that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and
makes it difficult for you to breathe.
Now you don't want to go off and play with other
people when you can't breathe, do you?
Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really repulsed by the thought of
you living a long and productive life. So every chance he gets he makes you sick.
helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by running out in the middle of the lousy weather
to pick him up at the store. He is more creative than that.
He carries thousands of
poisons with him which he constantly blows in your face.
When you inhale some of
them, they wipe out cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these
But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He especially likes diseases that
slowly cripple you - like emphysema.
He considers this disease great. Once he gets you
to have this, you will give up all your other friends, family, career goals, activities -
You will just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is
while you desperately gasp for air.
But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no longer wishes to have your
company. Instead of letting you go your separate ways, he decides to kill you.
He has a
wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him.
In fact, he has been plotting your death since
the day you met him.
He picked all the top killers in society and did everything in his
power to ensure you would get one of them.
He overworked your heart and lungs. He
clogged up the arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body.
you were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing
He knew he would get you sooner or later.
Well, this is the story of your "friend," your cigarette.
No real friend would do all this
Cigarettes are the worst possible enemies you ever had.
They are expensive,
addictive, socially unacceptable, and deadly.
Consider all this and...
Copyright © Joel Spitzer, 2003.
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