He was 14 when he first started. He had seen his elder brother and friends do it, and it looked cool. And he wanted to be cool as well. He was a gawky, unattractive teenager. This was the best way to look cool and grab people’s attention, especially girls.
At 14, he looked cool.
At 16, he looked cool.
At 20, he looked cool.
At 22, he looked 30.
At 25, his lips looked like charcoal.
At 30, he looked ill.
At 40, he looked skeletal.
At 45, his lungs looked like tar.
At 50, his corpse didn’t look all that cool.
On World No Tobacco Day, I request all of you who smoke to try and quit smoking. It’s not going to do you any good in the long run. I know what all you smokers say, that it’s hard to quit, we’ve tried, it's not as easy as you think, etc. Well, I believe, if you want something badly enough, you will eventually get it. You just have to try real hard.
Don’t punish your lungs. They don’t deserve it.
Just try, won’t you? Believe me, no girl wants to kiss a mouth full of smoke.
And the girls who smoke, you don’t look any cooler or intellectual. No guy will want to kiss a mouth that looks, and feels, like cardboard. And don't punish your child even before it's born.
And the creative types who think that you can’t get your creative juices flowing without a cigarette, well, then you’re just underestimating your own creativity.
And all those who think that it’s none of my business to say all this, maybe you’re right. It’s none of my business. But since you’re not making it your business, I thought I should make it mine.