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I make no bones about it and I make no apologies. I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day. As a former Registered Nurse I have seen first hand what cigarettes can do to a person. This just makes me more stupid. I don’t smoke inside my house. I much prefer doing it from the scenic view provided by my veranda. I don’t even like smoking in friends houses who are smokers.

I use a short cigarette holder when I have a cigarette as I can’t stand the sight of nicotine stained fingers. I don’t go much on seeing people smoking in the street….and don’t get me started on pregnant women smoking. I do have an unwritten rule not to go out anywhere that I can’t have a cigarette. This impinges on my social life somewhat but so be it. Rules are rules.

Smoking is no longer ‘cool.’ Gone are the days when it was cool to get about with a lit or unlit cigarette hanging from your mouth. I find the anti-smoking campaigns on television to be nothing more than an exercise in keeping up appearances. The tobacco companies pay the governments who pay the television companies to air these advertisements in a transparent attempt to show that they care for our health. Its’ common knowledge.

Nicotine is more addictive than heroin….but its’ much more cunning. Heroin will turn your life inside out in no time and lead the addict to do whatever is needed to get their next hit. All that has to be done to access the more addictive nicotine is go to the corner store without any fuss whatsoever. Were nicotine to be ‘discovered’ tomorrow it would be outlawed straight away. Of that I have no doubt.

I’m not going to tell you not to smoke. We’re all informed adults here. It’s a legal product and we still have the choice. It’s up to you.

Paradoxically, I urge you to make the right choice.