Courtesy of my grandma, God rest her angelic soul - here is the # 1 reason I gave not to quit smoking. I am dead serious.
This story is all her.
/////SCARY STORY #1:
Every major holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) my grandparents would host dinner in their home; a huge feast ... I mean HUGE. And every year, and when I say every year, I mean every single year, every single holiday dinner, my grandmother (nani) - a nonsmoker of 30+ years would finish her meal, lean back in her chair, and say: "Boy, I sure could go for a cigarette right about now!"
I would ask her, "Nani, are you for real craving a smoke?" and she would tell me YES!
Now, my rationale is this: if you can quit smoking for 30+ years and STILL crave a smoke after a meal then WTF is the point? Who wants to live like that? Certainly not me! I would rather go ahead and have the damn smoke!
/////SCARY STORY #2:
My mom smoked for about 30 years. Then when she turned 47, she needed heart bypass surgery. That's right, open heart surgery at the age of 47! The doctors told her if she didn't bother to quit smoking after the surgery, they might as well not bother even doing the surgery. So she quit cold turkey in the hospital/home.
Today, my mom is 65. That's 18 years quit.
Now she tells me at least once every six months that she wants to start smoking again. Arghh! I know she'll never smoke again ... but still, it upsets me when she says that to me!
I could never understand why anyone would want to give up their smokes for so long and still want one so many years later! I mean really, really, crave one!
Obviously my thinking is a little different now, thanks very largely in part to the members of this board and Joel's videos.
As you can see in the picture, my nani was a hot mama in 1947 (I think that's the date)
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