friend in need is a friend indeed.
need my friend, when I am:
drink, fun and games, and even sex all seem to lose their appeal
without my friend. Cigarettes give me company through all this and
much more............. a true friend indeed.
hearing this, I find myself amazed that almost 50,000,000
Americans have given up smoking. What in the world is
wrong with these ex-smokers? I can understand people who
never smoked. They never knew or believed all of these
wonderful benefits derived from smoking. What you never had
you'll never miss. But these ex-smokers, having given up
such a marvelous friend with so many benefits, must be
fact is ex-smokers are not crazy. To the contrary, it was
their ability to be rational which enabled them to successfully
break free from cigarettes. But to tell a smoker the truth
about his cigarettes while he still is in the midst of the
smoker's psyche results in a state of denial and defiance. He
cannot believe his cigarettes, his friends and allies, would in
any way hurt him. They help him over trauma, they help him
enjoy life to the fullest. Think of all the things he does
with his cigarettes. He wakes in the morning to them, works
with them, plays with them, eats and drinks, goes to the bathroom,
reads the paper, watches television, socializes and even has them
on his mind during sex. If any person hung around him that
much, it would drive him crazy. But not his friendly
cigarettes - they enhance everything. To think of life without and
beyond this friend's companionship is not only ingratitude of the
highest order but is sacrilege to him.
is important to remember that a nicoholic is an addict and to
expect an addict to see reason is not fare. Any any ex-smoker who
now has his perspective restored will tell you how irrational his
thoughts were when he too was an addict.
smoker is constantly warned of the dangers through the media,
physicians, family, friends who quit, and most importantly, his
own body. Not a week goes by when he is not being bombarded
by the constant annoying message that smoking is impairing and
killing him. But being the obedient addict, he disregards these
pestering outside influences and obeys his true friend (master)
cigarettes. One of my colleagues during the quitting process stated,
"Everywhere I turned I was being warned about cigarettes.
Newspapers reports and magazines articles constantly reinforced
that cigarettes were deadly. Even bill boards advertising
cigarettes carried the Surgeon General's warning signal. Every
time I'd reach for my pack, a warning label stared me in the face.
It was only a matter of time before I reached the only
logical conclusion. I quit reading!"
rationality, logic and reasoning of smokers are all drug induced.
The craving for a cigarette ignited by a dropping serum nicotine
level does not leave them with an alternative option.
you are a smoker go through the remaining part of this article
only if you can muster up a non-biased mind set cause what follows
is another look
at your friend the cigarette through the eyes of a non smoker or
Friend in deed?
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.
Others think both of you stink.
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 friend. 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, you go.
you try to get close to your sweet heart she draws away saying
"you smell like an ashtray", but who cares cause the
love of your life is not as important as your friend.
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 them out. Sometimes,
he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally,
he gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.
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.
at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having
lots of fun doing them. 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?
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. He 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 diseases.
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 - everything. You will just
sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is
while you desperately gasp for air.
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. In case you were too strong to succumb to
this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing agents. He
knew he would get you sooner or later.
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