November 16, 2006

Public Service Announcement

Time for my 3rd annual post about The Great American Smokeout.

Do you want to quit smoking, but don't think that have the willpower to quit forever? The Great American Smokeout is for you. All you have to do is refrain from smoking for one day, just to prove to yourself that you can do it. Excerpt:

The Rules of the Game

The rules are simple: You just quit smoking for the 24 hours of the Smokeout. The wonderful thing is that you won't be alone; you can swap advice, jokes and groans with the other "quitters," nonsmokers and the American Cancer Society volunteers who will be cheering you on. Even if you don't go on to quit permanently, you will have learned that you can quit for a day and that many others around you are taking the step, too. Contact the American Cancer Society for information on how you can participate, either as a "quitter" or as a volunteer.

My grandmother died of cancer, as did several other members of my extended family. A few people I know have emphysema. I would rather not add to the list of people who suffer and/or perish from these diseases.

This post will remain at the top of this blog until November 16 has passed.

Note: In no way should my antipathy towards smoking be considered as

  1. An attack on smokers in general, as many of my friends smoke
  2. An indication that I condone the relentless attack on smokers by every branch of government, including the bans on smoking in restaurants and bars. Last time I checked, cigarettes were legal. Make them illegal, or STFU.

Posted by Physics Geek at November 16, 2006 11:59 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

I think it's sad that society has come to the point where you have to offer a disclaimer on a criticism of smoking so that you aren't mistaken for a Smoke Nazi.

Anyway, I like your point. Quitting takes practice. Start with one day. Even a 24 hour interruption has benefits.

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