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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

How many packets you puff away?

By S.H.Moulana

A defiant smoker is always deaf to all reasoning and realizes the folly when it is too late. This is why it is said that a smoker commits suicide and sometimes homicide too, of course, without his knowledge.

It is a well-known fact that smoking is harmful to health in many ways but does the smoker know that he is equally damaging the health of nonsmokers around him, including his own family members.

The secondhand smoke contains thousands of chemicals –from arsenic to ammonia- that are toxic to the body.

Breathing secondhand smoke makes one more likely to have respiratory infection (like pneumonia), asthma, cancer and heart diseases.

Normally, campaigns against smoking bring in little positive results, but we often see appreciable results by increasing the price of cigarettes.

The recent increase in the price of cigarettes in some gulf countries by more than 200 percent compelled some smokers to give up altogether or at least to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke a day.

However, there are always the odd ones who won’t listen to any reasoning. ‘The Ten Commandments’ fame Russian born American actor, Yul Brynner, who died of throat cancer by smoking, made his message from his death bed: ‘Don’t smoke, whatever you do, but don’t smoke.”

Please imagine that how many of the smokers would have taken this message seriously.

Yul Brynner was not scared to die, but told everyone of the suffering he underwent with throat cancer by smoking.

When I was attached to hospitality trade, I became friendly with a German executive chef, who was a smoker.

One day I conveyed to him Yul Brynner’s message and the cause for his death. He asked me ‘How many cigarettes he smoked per day and what age he died?’

I replied two full packets and he was 65.’ My friend, chef, responded instantly ‘Then no problem, I smoke just one packet and 130 years! What more I need?’

This is the way habitual smokers respond when advised to give up smoking.

My request to everyone, please don’t give up the campaign but keep away when they are puffing away, because breathing secondhand smoke is harmful to you.

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Yul Brynner  - made his message from his death bed: ‘Don’t smoke, whatever you do, but don’t smoke.”
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