I have been smoking pretty much all my life. I grew up in North Carolina. Everybody I knew smoked. My uncle was a tobacco farmer. The idea was if you could pay for them you could smoke them. At age 13 I was a pack-a-day smoker. I paid 23 cents a pack for cigarettes. Ocassionally I could buy a carton $1.99.
At age 57 I find myself deprived of my cigarettes. I have been through many physical problems including cancer and heart attack. They did not discourage my smoking. In fact they took away my fear of death. The decission to quit smoking is a purely a financial one. The cost of taxes on cigarettes and smokers insurance rates has forced me to quit. While a case can be made for these taxes and general demonization of smokers being good for me, smoking is not illegal, yet the decision to quit has been forced on me.
Now is the time to quit! It is only going to get worse!! All the non-smokers who have demonized us will see the day when people will come after something they care about. I have lost another freedom, but somebody decided it was good for me!!
I QUIT!! 01/01/2010 For those who do not believe that I can.... Watch This!!!