by Brandi Conway
April 28, 2004
Plus there was also the harmful effects that I knew that second hand smoke would have on my child when born. We talk about freedom to choose, but what about those people around you who breath in the second hand smoke? It was not our choice to light the cigarette, so is it really about freedom to choose? How about the children of smokers, is it their choice to breath in the second hand smoke of their parents who smoke?
I know that some people probably still don't believe that smoking cigarettes and exposing their kids or anyone's kids for that matter has a harmful affect on them. I ask then, why is asthma so high in our children today? Why do we see more sick children with ear infections, upper respiratory infections? If you look at the statistics, more kids who are exposed to daily second hand smoke tend to become sick more often than ones not exposed to second hand smoke.
What I find hard to understand is with all the information about the deadly effects of second hand smoke or smoking period, why do people continue to smoke cigarettes? I can understand them taking the risk with their health and well being, but I can never understand exposing children to it.
I don't see still how we can say it's about freedom to choose when many people's right to choose are taken away when they are subjected to having to breath in the second hand smoke of the smokers. So is it really about one's right to choose?
I just want to add if someone really wanted to quit they would and could. My parents are an excellent example of quitting cold turkey. It took my father having a heart attack on Christmas Eve. Luckily he survived and of course needed to make some changes, quitting smoking was one of them. My mother didn't have to quit, but she loves my father and did it for him. They both smoked almost 2 1/2 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day. How did they do it? They took the remaining cartons of cigarettes and any packs of cigarettes and threw them away. So if you really really want to quit, you will and nothing would stop you. It's all about mind over matter.
I am sure you are all tired
of my ranting so I will go for now.. take care and enjoy this
nice weather while it lasts.
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