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Gift for the Whole Family
article was culled from Smoke No More,
a smoking cessation program now offered
by Dr. Fred Wicks and available at
Every child alive wants to
look forward to a life of happiness and good fortune. Every
teenager alive nervously thinks they have at least some idea
of what that life might look like. And, every parent alive
has been handed the responsibility of doing their best to
bring that good life to reality.
and very small children are, of course, totally dependent on
adults – mostly parents – to provide their happiness and
well-being. Hence, parents basically decide most things for
small children. Of course, brothers and sisters,
grandparents, and other care-givers connected to the family
can certainly play a role, as well.
the years of what might be called middle childhood,
children start to realize that there are some choices they
themselves can make, however. It is normal for them to
decide to join others for play, to explore their
environments as they actively construct things like forts
and tree-houses, form clubs, and play sports together. Most
often, boys play with boys and girls with girls.
teen years are the time when young people want to exercise
greater autonomy and make more and more choices for
themselves, as they begin to establish their individual
Parents, of course, are charged with the privilege (and
responsibility) of making all the decisions for the very
young, most of the choices that affect the young, some
critical choices for their teenagers, and all of the
determinations regarding themselves and the on-going life of
that as background, let’s take an
honest look at the subject of smoking.
Here’s the bottom line up front – DON’T!
Choose life! If you have never smoked – congratulations!
Feel good about that. If you are an occasional smoker or
more involved with this habit, stop now.
have a child that you sense is wondering what it is like to
smoke because they see others doing it, urge them to push
those thoughts out of their mind.
Smoking is not what it looks like. Keep reading –
you’ll understand why.
are a teen and maybe feeling that smoking will gain you
acceptance by a certain group of friends, or that you will
look cool and more mature, or that it is an opportunity to
decide something for yourself – like being your own boss –
don’t be deceived.
This may surprise you, but once you start smoking you will
have lost most of your capacity to choose or decide for
yourself about smoking. The oft-heard statement “I
can quit anytime I want to” is mostly self-deception. It is
really only true to a very limited degree. Yes — you
certainly can quit; but, the experience of millions of
people all over the world says, it
is an excruciatingly difficult thing to do.
excruciatingly difficult is the right phrase to describe
it. To stop smoking puts us at war with ourselves, and it
is torture for one’s body and mind.
are a parent who has never smoked or who has been able to
get free from the habit, be proud.
Yes, be proud – not pompous
just rightfully proud. And,
enjoy that feeling. You are giving
your children, your teenagers, and your spouse a gift --
everyday. It’s a gift that brings them better
health, more friends, increased attractiveness, more money
for life’s needs and pleasures, and longer life –
those who struggle with this addiction,
here are the alarming facts.
Over 1100 people die prematurely every day from smoking. It
has been estimated that 440,000 Americans died prematurely
every year from 1995 to 2002. Let’s put that statement in
perspective. More people die each year from smoking than
from alcohol, illegal drugs, AIDS, car crashes, murders,
suicides, fires, and the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan
Smoking costs at least $150 billion each year in health care
costs and lost productivity in the U.S. alone. And, sadly,
the costs are significantly higher in much of the rest of
the world where smoking continues to be accepted and highly
Smokers risk cardiac arrest (heart attacks) 2 to 4 times
more than others. Because of smoking, 1.4 million cancer
cases and 559,000 deaths are projected for this year,
according to an American Cancer Society’s recent report.
Someone dies every 72 seconds from smoking.
Children of smokers are more likely to be smokers themselves
and have more smoke-related health problems than children of
Americans who smoked on average only one pack per day last
year, spent $1850 to $2000 on cigarettes (depending on where
they live) — about the price of a nice vacation, a good
computer, or some living-room furniture. A two-
packs-per-day smoker spends well over $150,000 on cigarettes
in a lifetime. What would that buy?
is an addiction. Nicotine, the addictive substance in
tobacco products, is even harder to get free from than other
illegal drugs. In 1988, the Surgeon General of the United
States released a report clearly documenting that smoking is
a true addiction, and not just habit-forming as a favorite
snack food might be.
Interestingly, when the Surgeon General gave his report in
1988, some respected health experts predicted that smoking
would all but vanish from within our borders by the turn of
the century, because the hazards were becoming clearer all
the time. But, 2000 came and went, and an estimated
50 million Americans continue this
Happily, many adults have quit; and, for the second straight
year lung cancer deaths alone in the United States have gone
down appreciably, according to the American Cancer Society.
But, adolescent smoking continues to rise. Currently, about
1300 teenagers start to smoke
everyday; and, whether they believe it or not,
a third of them will die from smoke-related illnesses, too
— if they continue this course.
most teens do not understand is that the tobacco industry
spends millions (some reports suggest billions) to tempt and
encourage them to smoke. Then, it spends additional
millions to keep them smoking and millions more to have
access to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures to keep
their business glowing and growing.
If you are a teen,
realize too, that
when you smoke, you are taking into your body about 4000
identified chemicals – many of which are very harmful
and 43 known carcinogens (cancer causing chemicals), as well
as one of the most addictive substances known to mankind.
Once you start smoking, your power
to choose your own path in life begins progressively to slip
Clearly, the situation is serious; and the teens and adults
of America have some important decisions to make.
suggestion is this – give yourself and everyone in your
family the gift of not smoking. For those who are currently
captive to the habit, you can get free; but, realize that
smoking is a multi-dimensional problem that requires a
concerted, multi-dimensional response.
It is a
problem because it kills someone every 72 seconds and
causes, or contributes to, many physical illnesses –
including respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis,
and emphysema; circulatory problems such as strokes, heart
attacks, occlusive vascular disorders; and many forms of
multi-dimensional in that it involves our physical bodies,
our emotional make ups, our perceptions of ourselves and
others, learned behavior patterns, and cultural issues.
best thing you can do for yourself and the others in your
family is find professional help to stop smoking. If you
try to do it on your own, the success rate is about 5
percent. Doing it with the help of a knowledgeable
professional, however, increases your odds of success by at
least five times. It will be money well spent.
live in the greater Philadelphia area, get one on one
professional help by joining the
Smoke No More program at the Alliance
Center for Change and calling
Smoke No More program is also
available across the world at
www.smokenomoretoday.com where you can learn
about and purchase my fully-researched and recently-released
comprehensive cessation program as an ebook to follow in the
privacy of your own home for complete freedom from tobacco.
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