If at first you don’t succeed
Smoking is “a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible Stygian fume of the pit that is bottomless.”
“There they go again!” you might say, “Just another modern-day anti-smoking lobbyist.” Alas, those were the words of King James VI in 1604.
“Is it not both great vanity and uncleanness, that at the table, a place of respect, of cleanliness, of modesty, men should not be ashamed to sit tossing of tobacco pipes and puffing of the smoke of tobacco one to another, making the filthy smoke and stink thereof to exhale athwart the dishes and infect the air?”
Cigarettes contain formaldehyde, which embalmer use to preserve dead bodies, and arsenic, benzene, cadmium, hydrogen cyanide, lead, mercury and phonol. In all, 4 000 harmful chemicals, including 44 types of poison, of which 43 are proven cancer-causing substances.
If at first you don’t succeed at quitting smoking, try again… and again and again… until you’re free of the addiction.
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.