Smoking

One thing in life that I detest with a passion is smoking.

There is nothing nice about smoking. Smoking has no positive features, advantages or benefits. Everything about smoking is negative.

  • Smoking costs money. A lot of money. 77% of the cost of tobacco/cigarettes is tax.
  • Smoking smells. Your clothes smell, your hair smells, your breath smells. Smoking makes you smell.
  • Being a smoker increases insurance premiums.
  • Smoking makes your teeth yellow, your gums recede and your skin age prematurely as well as making your fingers and nails yellow.
  • Smoking, although a ‘social activity’ for most, is incredibly unsociable.
  • Smoking increases the risk of developing an illness or disability or even death caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.
  • Smoking increases the risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems
  • Smoking increases the chance of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.
  • Smoking decreases your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • Smoking clogs up your taste buds so you cannot taste anything properly.
  • Smoking produces secondhand smoke that can cause other people and children to suffer with everything stated above.

Smoking is foul.

I grew up with parents that smoked. In the 80’s and 90’s there wasn’t the awareness around smoking that there is now – people smoked in their houses, in their cars and the public smoking ban was decades away from enforcement. My parents were no different. Looking back, I must have stank as a child. When I went to school my hair, clothes, coat and bag must have smelt of secondhand smoke. Our paintwork in our house was forever yellow. Everything about the memory of my parents smoking disgusts me. As a child I knew it was disgusting, but it was normal at the same time. I resolved to never smoke, and I never have done.

Now though, society knows that smoking isn’t nice. Cigarettes are hidden behind white screens in shops and you’re not allowed to smoke in covered public spaces.

I don’t let people smoke around my children, I walk through shopping centre entrances as quick as possible to avoid the smoke clouds and being around smokers makes me recoil from the smell, even walking past someone smoking in the street gets my back up – I’m breathing that air that they’re polluting!

I really don’t understand why people still smoke.

There are so many anti-smoking campaigns and free stop smoking support from the NHS. There is no reason now to smoke and yet people still smoke, which is bad enough but then people with children smoke, smoke around their children, smoke pushing a pushchair or with their child sitting on their lap. It’s disgusting and damaging to not only their health but the health of those children.

My Step-Mother was a smoker. She smoked her whole life. Last August she went to the Doctor with a cough and found out she had lung cancer. She died in the September.

Smoking is a habit. Habits are there to be broken and smoking is one habit that should be broken.

Smoking costs you money and slowly kills you. To me it’s the slowest form of suicide.

Smoking

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  1. Laura
    August 22, 2013 / 7:16 am

    Like you I detest smoking and vowed as a child never to smoke and never have. I used to hide my grandgather’s much to his frustration. My husband used to be a smoker, he always smoked outside never in the house, but I still hated it. He tried for years on & off to give up, did patches, gums, NHS classes. He’d manage for a few months and then start again. Watching him I did learn that unfortunately it’s not just as simple as giving up even if you want to. The turning point for him was me getting pregnant, and he has been smoke free for over two years. I’m grateful Logan will never know as a smoker. But the different not only financially but to our life is significant. Car journeys and flights for example he used to get edgy for his next smoke. The final time he gave up he went cold turkey so to speak and the side affects weren’t just the cravings, couldn’t sleep, night sweats, awful cough & headaches. Nasty habit & wish anyone giving up the best of luck.
    Enjoying your blog Donna x

    • genuineplacebo
      August 22, 2013 / 5:34 pm

      It’s good that your OH gave up. I think most people give up of they have a good enough reason to, it’s just a shame that their own long term health isn’t a good enough reason! It’s great that L won’t have smoking in his life πŸ™‚ x

  2. genuineplacebo
    August 22, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    It’s good that you made that stand against smoking but a shame that She didn’t stop smoking sooner! It’s great though that you now have a great relationship πŸ™‚ x

  3. Lauren (@laurenbigeejit)
    August 23, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    I feel the same – both my mum and my sister smoked and both have since given up. I have a lot of admiration for people who are able to give up because it is an addiction, but such a selfish one. Smoking in public places gets to me so much – it’s better now but nothing worse than walking behind someone puffing away and blowing it back in your face. Ugh.

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