I rarely get preachy on this blog but please bear with me just this once: Tomorrow is The Great American Smokeout a day when Americans who smoke are encouraged to commit to quitting (Canadians can apparently smoke away). As many of you know, I smoked for years before quitting in early 2008 but that is not why I’m talking about it today. I mention it because my father smoked from the time he was a teenager until the day he died of a heart attack at 54 years old. Fifty freaking four years old and dead. I’m sure that had he quit smoking a few years ago he’d still be alive.
Look, you do what you want to do. If you want to smoke I’ll still love you. I can’t stop you from smoking but consider that when I smoked, I looked like this:
Today, less than 2 years after quitting I look like this:
Isn’t that much better? I have my own wagon wheel now. Would you like a wagon wheel? If you quit smoking I will give you a wagon wheel. Do you need another reason? How about the fact that it’s 2009?
For the record, here is the official Be the Boy method of quitting smoking, feel free to try it:
1- Allow your appendix to become enlarged (Important: do not let it burst).
2- Get hospitalized for emergency surgery, have surgery go wrong.
3- Spend a week in hospital post surgery with morphine drip.
4- While in hospital, don’t smoke.
5- After not smoking for a week, don’t start again. Repeat as needed.
If you’re interested, the full story of my appendix emergency can be found here.