Back in the 1950's, smoking was fashionable. In fact, it was considered commonplace. Back then, you could smoke everywhere in restaurants, airplanes, grocery stores, even hospitals.
A smoker never got a dirty look for lighting up in public. It was the people who DID NOT smoke who were in the minority. My, how times have changed!
Smoking is nothing new to civilization. In fact, scientists can determine that as far back as 1000 BC People start using the leaves of the tobacco plant for smoking and chewing.
How and why tobacco was first used in the Americas no one knows. The first users are thought to have been the Mayan civilizations of Central America. Its use was gradually adopted throughout the nations of Central and most of North and South America. From that moment, tobacco production began catching on and tobacco products became readily available through the young United States of America.
In 1832, the first paper cigarette was introduced. It is widely believed that the first paper rolled cigarettes were made by Egyptian soldiers fighting the Turkish-Egyptian war. Other historians suggest that Russians and Turks learned about cigarettes from the French, who in turn may have learned about smoking from the Spanish.
It is thought that paupers in Seville were making a form of cigarette, known as a 'papalette', from the butts of discarded cigars and papers as early as the 17th century.
In 1900, Smoking jackets and hats have been introduced for gentleman smokers. After-dinner cigar (with a glass of port or brandy) is now an established tradition in turn of the century Britain. Cigarettes are also a part of life.
In 1950, evidence of a link between lung cancer and smoking is published in the British Medical Journal . Research was done by Professor (now Sir) Richard Doll and A Bradford Hill. In 1964, the United States Surgeon General tells Americans that smoking causes lung cancer. Not many people listened. Shortly after, in 1965, federal law not only prohibited tobacco advertising on television, but they also make it mandatory to include the Surgeon General's warning in print on all cigarette packs.
The last radio ads for cigarettes ran in 1971. The airline industry began making concessions for the anti-tobacco coalition.
In 1975, they created separate smoking sections on airplanes causing disturbances with customer everywhere. The trend continued towards more smoking bans all over the country.
Today, there are many towns who are trying – and some are succeeding in making their own towns non-smoking.
Anymore, if you are a smoker, you are relegated to puffing away in an alley, on the sidewalk, or sneaking a quick hit in the bathroom.
It's no longer fashionable to be a smoker.
So why are there so many people out there who still smoke?
Research over the years began to indicate certain ingredients in cigarettes that point straight to a highly addictive habit.
Most people who smoke agree that they probably should not be smoking.
They know that it's harmful to their health, but they still light up when they get the chance. Many smokers want to quit, but think they're powerless against the hold that tobacco has on them.
I am here to tell you, quitting smoking can be for some no walk in the park. It can for some hurt physically, but even more emotionally.
This devil weed takes hold of every part of your life and helps to form your identity. You are a smoker, how in the world will you become a non-smoker?
Persistence, commitment, willpower, and patience are all ways you will succeed in your venture to stop smoking.
We will not lie to you for some it's going to be one of the hardest things you will ever do.
But once you become smoke free, you'll be so glad you suffered the way you did.
This site is intended to address the largest issues that face people who have decided to quit smoking. And give them state of the art programs, books and alternative affordable ways to quit.
My sincere hope is that we can take this journey together. This author was a severe smoker. Hopefully, I can guide you on a path to a better way of life and free you from the chains of your addiction.
I really wanted to quit smoking. But there was so much holding me back.
Circumstances of life, stress, etc. all hindered me from putting down that cigarette and giving it up for good. My mother was a heavy smoker when she was younger.
Her Mother was a smoker and a close acquaintance of mine was a smoker who quit one Super Bowl Sunday after smoking a whole carton in one day.
When I was stressed, I smoked. When I've had a few drinks, I smoked. When I wanted to relax for just a moment, I smoked.
It's not the healthiest way to deal with life, now is it?
I knew I needed to quit because I have to take several breaks when doing normal, everyday chores like picking up the house.
My lungs could not handle the exercise. I could walk a couple of miles at the local gym, but I can not haul a few loads of laundry down to the basement without getting winded.
I wanted to quit because I wanted to watch my children grow up.
I wanted to stick around to torment my kids the way they have tormented me (joking, sort of!).
I did not want to die, yet I still would partake of an activity that would probably cause me to die ever.
It's insane. This site will probably be a little disturbing (at times).
That's what it's meant to be. Not all the time but when you begin to study the effects of smoking on your body, the scary reality is that what happens IS disturbing.
I have been a Non Smoker now for 6 years and I have no desire “Ever,” to smoke. It can be done And I will search high and low to find the best possible actions to take.
I have a goal to inspire One Million People to quit smoking and with the help of this site, Facebook, and you I will accomplish it.