Posted by Haris Gulzar on August 9, 2009
Sometime back I was sitting with a couple of my friends who are both regular smokers. They’re always careful enough not to smoke in front of their parents or any elder, not because they’ll be caught smoking (everyone knows they smoke), but because they show respect to their elders. They think it looks bad if someone sees them smoking. Similarly, when they’re done smoking, they either have some sweet or some tulsi or similar sort of thing to make sure there mouths aren’t smelling bad.
That day, one of them started eating tulsi while smoking and the other one warned him not to eat tulsi during smoking because it is one of the biggest causes of mouth cancer. I was shocked. I mean it was good to know that one smoker was showing care for another smoker but don’t they know that smoking is the biggest reason for lung cancer. When I asked them if he was only warning the other person from mouth cancer or from lung cancer, both of them could only laugh :-(.
I once read a quotation that said “Anyone can quit smoking, but it takes a real man to face the cancer”. Whenever I say this to any smoker, he only laughs, knowing that what they do is wrong, but they probably have no control left with them over quitting smoking. Smoking is an addiction I can understand, but what I don’t understand is, why do people start smoking? Why do they take this first step? Why do they challenge themselves, knowing that this will lead them to various diseases, the dangerous of all being lung cancer, still, they challenge themselves. What thrill is there in smoking? What motivates someone to such an extent that they starts smoking?
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