This morning I heard something very interesting. I was sleeping and the television had been left on and through my sleepy fog I heard it said that someone had suggested a few years back that the federal government should have enacted a law that would have given the cigarette producers seven or eight years to prepare for a ban on tobacco products.
There was a time when I rebelled against the thought of stopping smoking. I wanted to smoke and thought it was no ones business if I smoked or not.
Actually for me it was a two way street. On one hand I wanted to stop and on the other I did not. Then one night I suffered a heart attack and that was just enough reason for me to kick the habit. That was in 2000 and I haven’t smoked since then. As a matter of fact people that I knew before stopping would say how bad it made you smell but I did not worry about it because I could not smell it.
Now that I have been off them for nine years I can understand just how terrible it does smell.
Now that I have heard the suggestion about giving the cigarette companies seven or eight years to find some other method to make money, I think that it is a very good idea. Of course the people that live in the tobacco producing states don’t like the idea because it is cutting off their source of income, so they say. That is the same way the oil companies think. They say that to make electric cars or cars that use anything except petroleum products is bad for their business. Those are the big money cats that make millions on oil. They don’t give a damn about anything.
The tobacco moguls are the same, they don’t care about the health of the rest of the nation. Giving the seven or eight years to stop producing gives the general public enough time to cease smoking. I can understand why people don’t want to stop smoking and I sort of sympathize with them, but I do think that there should be a ban on cigarettes.
I don’t want to get on my soapbox and criticize everyone that uses cigarettes, but I do see the benefits now of not smoking. I don’t wake up in the morning with that nasty taste in my mouth and I don’t cough all the time.
For all of you that are still smoking, take the time to give it some thought……..