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There are those who are going to say GROSS. But this is serious. I have seen friends of my parents who had no anti-smoking education other than DO THIS BE COOL who's lives have ended in similar manners as these ads show. The missing voice box. The mouth surgery with half the tongue or jaw missing.
You cry for these family friends, and you ask HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE KNOWN? But their addition always came first. And back then, society went along with it. Life spans were not what it is today. And tobacco related cancers certainly broke up many families. Preventable deaths. Unless a health issue/scare shakes up the tobacco addict, they rarely have desire to kick their habit. Most often by then, it is too late.
For those who have had the knock on the door, have responded by stomping out their habit, I thank them from their families, their children and grandchildren.
My father said to stop smoking was more difficult than going dry on the alcohol. Both were hard, but the tobacco calls your name, any time of the night or day. He had to quit with a quad by-pass. He wished he had 70 years previous. A smoker since mid-teens in the 40s. He spent the last 3 years of his life SMOKE FREE. The battle was daily. Even the woodwork in the house had the nicotine smell. Carpet, drapes, shoes, his truck. It sucks your brain, and if you are a weak person, you give in to it. He wanted to be a strong person for the family. And he was. But the cancers had made their home in his body. He is lucky all he knew of was the CHF/heart/stroke were (was) taking his life. To fight the cancers that were not told to us till after his death, would have crippled his mind and fighting spirit. The doctors saw us as a full family unit dealing with what we could, and knowing the end was near, decided to not say anything till after the funeral of what they saw.
So I say, more power to the ugly facts of the cancers and other diseases that evolve over the use of tobacco. If one person stops because of it, I thank you.
I miss my family and friends whose bodies have fallen to this.
A daughter, a mom, a grandmother.
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