Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Why are you still smoking?

As we age, the two most important things we can do to improve our health are lose weight and quit smoking. I'm working on the weight and luckily, I've never smoked....never even tried one.

I won't allow smoking in my home. In my foyer is a sign "If you're smoking, we will take appropriate action and put out the fire."

It's always been a pet peeve of mine as I grew up in a household with 6 smokers! It was disgusting. Even though I didn't smoke, everything I owned still smelled like I did. The worse part was that my body and hair stunk. I hated it.

Smoking took my father at an early age - 58. Not cancer, but heart disease. Yet, 4 of my 5 brothers continued to smoke. Now, one of my brothers has been diagnosed with Buerger's Disease which is directly caused by smoking. He is going to lose the tips of 6 fingers. So, while he's finally forced to give it up 3 of my brothers continue to smoke even though they have seen the illness firsthand

So, what about you?
What has to happen to you personally before you quit? If you can't do it for yourself, please think about your loved ones. I would've loved to have had my father around longer.

Just check out this link for more info on yet another disease that is directly caused by smoking. It literally occurs overnight without warning and by that time it's too late to do anything other than surgery.

P.S. Yes, his fingers look as bad as on the link.

1 comment:

Thomas C B Chua said...

Rosie, u took the words out of my mouth. My pa was "smoked" at 59 with throat cancer and he was a chain smoker. I saw hi suffer in great pain before he passed over. We, three brothers, detest cigarettes, and sometimes also smokers, the very, very inconsiderate ones. As an educator, I used to tell my students that " Smoke is Satan's fart you are inhaling." LOL