If you are a smoker, you are aware of the pleasure, relaxation and satisfaction that smoking gives you. If you are not a smoker, you are aware of the discomforting, smothering, foul smell that surrounds you from another individual’s cigarette.
I grew up with my grandparents in a house that my grandmother constantly smoked in. I always complained about how bad it smelled and how terrible it made me feel. She always responded in a way that made smoking look innocent. In the mornings before school, I would run from my room, shout an “I love you!” out the door and shut it immediately behind me so I would not go to school smelling like cigarettes.
In the past year, my grandmother has had three close relatives who have been diagnosed with tobacco-related cancers. After smoking for 43 continuous years, she realized how much her health was at risk and decided to quit on her own. I am very proud that my grandmother finally made the right choice.
After talking with her, she is a much happier person and is much less rushed. She is able to enjoy dinner with my grandfather without being hurried to finish her meal and get outside to smoke a cigarette. Overall, she just “feels” much better; since she has quit smoking, my grandfather even feels better. So, if you or a loved one smokes regularly, consider making the right choice to better your overall well-being. You never know, you could save someone else’s life, too.