09 Mar 2012

The report that ended my tobacco addiction

Fifty years ago one Tuesday the report of the Royal School of Physicians came out on the dangers of smoking. I was a hopeless tobacco addict at that time. I was so frightened by the report that I quickly smoked four five cigarettes to calm me down, threw out the report into the waste paper basket and continued puffing.
This report was followed by one from the Surgeon General of USA. By now I had developed the technology to deal with such reports. So life went on the usual cloud of smoke. Dame nicotine does not easily let go of her conquests.
Yet these two reports festered in my mind.
Finally, curiously on a Tuesday, the third day of the week, on 21st - the last day of the third week of the month, of March the third month of the year in 1967 I kicked the butt and never smoked again.
Otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.

Here is what started it:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17264442
CE Designer

CE Designer

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7 years ago
I stopped but i still take a puff now and again when im stressed out.
7 years ago
Not sure what's the point. There are doctors who smoke. Reports don't scare people.

I said 'no' to the friends who offered me the 'first puff'. One of the best decisions I took in my life: Gave my own health more priority than idiot friends.
7 years ago
The_Big_K
I said 'no' to the friends who offered me the 'first puff'. One of the best decisions I took in my life: Gave my own health more priority than idiot friends.
That is the point. I did not. The first puff. The family doctor, who advised me to quit on my parents' request, told me that he was himself on the way out to the same habit. He died of tobacco initiated lung cancer quite soon after.
ISHAN TOPRE

ISHAN TOPRE

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7 years ago
My grandfather was a cigarette addict. He died of lung cancer. He died a worst form of death I can imagine.

Meanwhile, I had an experience of what is an addiction recently(not of tobacco of course). It was my first sip of wine. I have decided I will never drink again.

bioramani sir: It is still unbelievable that a simple report can make a habitual smoker quit smoking.
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
7 years ago
bioramani
That is the point. I did not. The first puff. The family doctor, who advised me to quit on my parents' request, told me that he was himself on the way out to the same habit. He died of tobacco initiated lung cancer quite soon after.
😔 It's sad to see that some people don't realize even after seeing deaths of loved ones that tobacco is harmful.
I have seen people arguing that my so and so relative used to drink regularly or smoked every 3 hours, but lived good 90 years without a disease. Such people drive me insane.
7 years ago
Issue
bioramani sir: It is still unbelievable that a simple report can make a habitual smoker quit smoking.
Red wine is actually good. I do not drink though. That report was the first official one on smoking. Fifty years back it was sensational. Even then it took me five more years to give up. The report sent chills down my spine. Fear is the key to spur one to action.
ISHAN TOPRE

ISHAN TOPRE

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7 years ago
bioramani
Red wine is actually good.
Mine was white. It tasted like rotten pickles 👀 That taste made me vow never to have any sort of alcohol again. ☕

bioramani
Fear is the key to spur one to action.
Very true. 😀
7 years ago
Issue
Mine was white. It tasted like rotten pickles 👀 That taste made me vow never to have any sort of alcohol again. ☕ Very true. 😀
The first cigarette was quite awful. This was given at a special dinner in the college hostel at 7-30 PM. Yet, before going to sleep that night I had already smoked a full tens pack. That is what is shocking about addiction.
7 years ago
Wine(both red and white) is *actually* good. But of course, like all other things, in moderation. I've never, and will never touch beer/vodka/whisky and any other variant alcohol has to offer, except wine(and champagne also, I'm yet to try it though!).
Smoking to me is a strict NO, and thankfully I've got friends who hate touching cigarettes!
circularsquare

circularsquare

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7 years ago
I feel that majority of people who smoke and drink started doing so because of over politeness and peer pressure.
Just say NO.
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ISHAN TOPRE

ISHAN TOPRE

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7 years ago
Punch_a_Tantra
Wine(both red and white) is *actually* good. But of course, like all other things, in moderation.
Shit is shit in any quantity👀. You are only trying to make biogas out of it 👍
CE Designer

CE Designer

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7 years ago
Ok, what about marjuana? Some argue its health benefits. Some hold it close to their religion. What do my friends here think about that?
7 years ago
CE Designer
Ok, what about marjuana? Some argue its health benefits. Some hold it close to their religion. What do my friends here think about that?
One thing my father told me- "If there's anything you want to do, or feel like doing, just go ahead and try. But if you are doing something just because others are doing it, stay away, you are doing nobody any good." Applicable to everything(regardless of health/career/life benefits). Simple.

If you don't want to smoke/drink, then please don't. Nobody can make you do something you don't want to do, and if he can, you're lost.

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