Smoking remains a leading cause of statistics

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Another week. The virus is still around, protests are still continuing, the political world is still unsettled and we chuckle when look back and recall when we were concerned about our family members who were smoking.
My father and my uncles were all smoking Camel cigarettes during WWII and not much was said about cancer. A pipe was for gramps, Cigars were the favorite of the big wigs and a ‘chew” was the favorite of outdoor laborers.
While we had plenty of vices in our youth smoking was never one of them. It wasn’t as though we never tried. A quick draw on a cigarette left in an ashtray by my grandfather never started my smoking habit in early years because we got caught by gramps. Seeking the college image cigs, pipe, and cigars never took over frankly because we couldn’t afford them.
In our married life the Betterhhalf started a smoking habit while socializing, but ended 34 years ago when our first grandchild was born and I told her it would be nice if she stuck around to go to his high school graduation with me  before lung cancer could terminate her.
Since that time not much for me prohibiting the smoking habit in our clan was effective other than my no smoking rule that has reigned in our household.
My preaching for “no smoking” has fallen on deaf ears of a son and one grandson. But, just recently I was surprised when our second grandson announced he had quit smoking and began to rattle off statistics. He’s a construction engineer and strictly a “numbers man.”
  He cited he had quit smoking for four months, 24 days and 10 hours. He backed his stats with these numbers: Cigarettes not smoked – 4,361.5; Cravings resisted – 0; Life regained (days) -- 36.3; Time not spent smoking (days) -- 15.1; Money saved $1,373.89 thus far for a potential annual savings of $3,449.25.
 As we heard him recite the smoking stats we couldn’t help but realize that over the years smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
On the downside of giving up smoking one young man phoned his dad that he stopped smoking. His dad called him a “quitter.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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