Letter to the Editor

Freedom from smoking sessions

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I was mildly amused that the Spencer Hospital is holding courses to help those addicted to smoking "get off their butts" so to speak.

While I applaud their efforts and sincerely hope that they do well, I can't help but snicker a bit.

You see, I quit smoking about 30 years ago after indulging in the habit for nearly 20 years. I did so without taking a course of any kind or having to rely on marketable items to assist me.

I did it knowing that the cigarette was only an inanimate object, and I had superior intelligence. There was no way that horrible inanimate object could force its way into my mouth and force me to ignite it. Being human, I had as the good Lord once stated, "dominion over all other things He (or She) created."

It worked. I have not had a cigarette since. Of course, I had motivation in another form. My aunt and uncle had 12 children. Most of them smoked. Of the clan, my uncle and six of his siblings died from emphysema. Another died of lung cancer.

I did not want that to happen to me and was smart enough to figure out that it might be in my genes to be more susceptible than most to the dangers of smoking.

Not wanting to succumb at that time, I quit without any serious problems at all. I had smoked one to three packs a day prior to my "cold turkey" experience.

If I can do it, you can do it too. If the course is what you need, however, by all means take it. Do so, remembering one thing: Cigarettes are "killers that travel in packs." You don't smoke. The cigarettes do. You are nothing more than the suckers on the other end.

Ken Barker

Rock Rapids