why I kept smoking cigarettes!

If you missed it, you may want to read
my prior post of why YOU should keep smoking’ (view here).

When I was a child in the 1960’s, it was social status, to smoke.
My parents smoked.
My grand parents smoked.
The actors on TV smoked.
I wanted to smoke, too!

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1972 Life magazine ad

Cigarette ads were everywhere.

You could smoke in the stores, restaurants, waiting rooms, etc.

At one time, doctors promoted cigarette smoking.

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an actual magazine page

And it all depends on what you believe.

I have personally witnessed ‘smokers’ who have had no ill effects from years of smoking.
I can find stories about people at the age of 90+, who smoked most of their life and claimed it helped with their longevity. They too, showed no signs of health hazards from smoking.

I have also seen ‘young’ people develop ‘lung issues’ which doctors claimed was from smoking cigarettes.

Who really knows?

For the most part, I found smoking to be enjoyable.
I was not deaf and blind to the medical news about the hazards of smoking.

To be perfectly honest,
I no longer held much belief in many of the ‘health’ studies we were presented with.
I no longer believed the horror stories of what cigarette smoking could do to you.

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Sure, I quit ‘off and on’ during my smoking career.
Usually my ‘quits’ only lasted a few days or weeks.

Oh, and when others would ‘preach’ at me
about the hazards of smoking,
I wanted to smoke more.
Besides, I was a big girl now.
I could choose IF I wanted to quit.
Or not. Leave me alone, please and thank you.

In my next post, I will share how I ‘kicked the habit’….

… and is it a habit?

Once recognized and acknowledged,
it is no longer a habit.
It becomes a matter of choice.

or is it an addiction?

Addiction: The false sense of Power.

That is up to you do decide.
For me, it does not matter what title is put on it.
It just is, what it is.




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