And so have nine million other people in this country.
Now, its your turn.
Most non-smokers accept that smoking is as dangerous as
doctors state, but less than half the smokers don’t think that
it’s as dangerous as all that You know, bit exaggerated.
And most smokers claim that they’ve got ‘every moral right’
to behave in ways which might injure them: ‘Like seat -belts —
what’s it got to do with anybody else?’
Have they ever thought about the doctors and nurses who
will be obliged to care for them when the heart and lungs are
‘Well, they get paid for doing it. don’t they?’
But, despite all the excuses and evasions and wry jokes,
smokers know about the grave dangers to health and life
caused by smoking.
Many, perhaps six or seven out of tcn, wduld like to stop,
bilt have tried and failed — or haven’t yet tried. •
And most of these would-be stoppers probably feel guilty
about either not stopping or not being able to. Every new
statistic on the incidence of lung cancer is a reminder of their
Which is probably why there are so many folk legends about
the alleged difficulties of stopping, all those grim recitals of
fearsome headaches and irresistible cravings .
‘Bad tempered? He was like a grizzly bear with boils!’
For who doesn’t like a protective cover.story about . cr, only
eventually giving in after a terrible struggle against impossible
and iiyerwhelming odds?
The battles we lose are traditionally harder fought than
those we win, rearguard actions more heroic than swift
Some of these ‘failures’ sink into fatalism, even fatality.
Some try again and again to stop, and keep on hoping
despite all experience with es cry new attempt ending
deeper in the old guilt.
Some actually stop for the day, a week, a month, three
months, a year …
but one morning. noon. or night find
themselves puffing away as though theyd never stopped.
What the Duke of Edinburgh can do
The brutal truth is that you can’t be ‘cured’, there’s no miracle
available from your friendly local supermarket, no
strawberry-flavourcd instant remedy to be taken three tames a day
after meals, no soothing balm to be applied with warm towels
by somebody else.
Yes, somebody else can help — but only you can do it.
No book can help you to want to stop hut, if you already
want to, you can be helped to stop, and stay stopped.
Not so long ago the Duke of Edinburgh was ‘smoking over
fifty a day’. and ‘stopped abruptly.
What he can do. anybody can do.
So what’s stopping you from stopping?
Why not suck your thumb?
Probably the most compelling cause of smoking and reluct-
ance to stop is smoking itself.
We live in a smoking world, where to smoke is still accepted
as a typically ordinary activity. The cigarette (until only very
recently) has usually been seen as merely another civilised
adjunct to the Good Life: the car, the television, the twin -tub,
the holiday abroad, the bottle of wine, thc filter -tip king-size.
the reflective pipe. the occasional cigar after dinner ..
To smoke is to be known as a Man’s Man, the mere inhaling
of certain fumes recognised as a sign of masculinity, and for a
woman to exhale through her dilated nostrils is a signal that
she’s one of the gang, every inch a sensuous female who knows
how to handle herself.
The pipe is a tribal mark of wisdom.
much cherished by politicians who want to look like Elder