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Following the Smoke Trail
=================

I just got through reading "The Three Brands." It really opened
my eyes to what seems to be the truth. But, it goes deeper for
me and, sad to say, brought no 'moment', but the reality that
all is not what it seems.

I grew up in smoke filled apartments; mom alone smoked 3 packs
of cigarettes a day. Everywhere we went, people smoked -
relatives, friends. There was smoking in theatres, restaurants
- even teachers smoked in school, though in their lounges.

Needless to say, I guess the reason I picked up my first
cigarette was because it was what adults did. And, I became
addicted.  I've been smoking for 35 years.

I've tried to quit many times after I realized the consequences
of smoking. But, I guess it was too late. I remember how
irritated I got with the kids one time (they were under the age
of 5) and saw how I was treating them. I couldn't treat them
that way, so, I kept smoking, thinking it was better for them,
emotionally, then to give them a complex.

Without cigarettes I got cramps in my stomach, literally got
sick to the point of nausea, vomiting, headaches and the
jitters. How could I be a good mother like that?

Cigarettes killed my mother. But, neither of my grandmothers
smoked or drank - yet, one died of a stroke and the other of
liver disease.

I prayed, people laid their hands on me, I've requested prayer
during those early years, to no avail - for I had not the will
power to quit on my own.

Now, all three of my children smoke - even after I was diagnosed
with irreversible COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
We all know I will die from this and I still can't quit smoking.
Even the doctors tell me quitting smoking now will only make my
breathing slightly better.

I wonder if my addiction started from passive smoke. I've
drummed it into my kids that smoking is highly addictive, that
they shouldn't take that first cigarette - and they as children
were pretty much brainwashed on the taboo's of smoking -
warnings on cigarette labels, being taught the consequences of
it in schools as well as home, etc.

Yet, each and every one of them came home one day, smoking a
cigarette.

"The Three Brands" was well written. It's an admirable style
and a very persuasive piece that, hopefully, will bring to light
the true values of life.

One good thing about my life was that I didn't let cigarettes
spoil the value of mine. I am a Christian and raised all my
children in a Christian atmosphere. For that I am thankful.
I accept my fate and, hope, this helps break the chain of
addiction that these three brands can cause.


~A MountainWings Original by Donna Wike, Virginia~

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#4244          Wings Over The Mountains of Life

Following the Smoke Trail
=================

I just got through reading "The Three Brands." It really opened
my eyes to what seems to be the truth. But, it goes deeper for
me and, sad to say, brought no 'moment', but the reality that
all is not what it seems.

I grew up in smoke filled apartments; mom alone smoked 3 packs
of cigarettes a day. Everywhere we went, people smoked -
relatives, friends. There was smoking in theatres, restaurants
- even teachers smoked in school, though in their lounges.

Needless to say, I guess the reason I picked up my first
cigarette was because it was what adults did. And, I became
addicted.  I've been smoking for 35 years.

I've tried to quit many times after I realized the consequences
of smoking. But, I guess it was too late. I remember how
irritated I got with the kids one time (they were under the age
of 5) and saw how I was treating them. I couldn't treat them
that way, so, I kept smoking, thinking it was better for them,
emotionally, then to give them a complex.

Without cigarettes I got cramps in my stomach, literally got
sick to the point of nausea, vomiting, headaches and the
jitters. How could I be a good mother like that?

Cigarettes killed my mother. But, neither of my grandmothers
smoked or drank - yet, one died of a stroke and the other of
liver disease.

I prayed, people laid their hands on me, I've requested prayer
during those early years, to no avail - for I had not the will
power to quit on my own.

Now, all three of my children smoke - even after I was diagnosed
with irreversible COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
We all know I will die from this and I still can't quit smoking.
Even the doctors tell me quitting smoking now will only make my
breathing slightly better.

I wonder if my addiction started from passive smoke. I've
drummed it into my kids that smoking is highly addictive, that
they shouldn't take that first cigarette - and they as children
were pretty much brainwashed on the taboo's of smoking -
warnings on cigarette labels, being taught the consequences of
it in schools as well as home, etc.

Yet, each and every one of them came home one day, smoking a
cigarette.

"The Three Brands" was well written. It's an admirable style
and a very persuasive piece that, hopefully, will bring to light
the true values of life.

One good thing about my life was that I didn't let cigarettes
spoil the value of mine. I am a Christian and raised all my
children in a Christian atmosphere. For that I am thankful.
I accept my fate and, hope, this helps break the chain of
addiction that these three brands can cause.


~A MountainWings Original by Donna Wike, Virginia~

Thank you for inviting MountainWings into your mailbox.
Change a life, give a friend MountainWings.
See you tomorrow.

Forward this issue to a friend or click the link below to Print,
Share by Email, Facebook, Blog or other services:
http://www.mountainwings.com/past/4244.htm

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