Skip to main content

Cigarette Honesty






The other day I had a buddy of mine questioning me about how I do so much work to ensure that our family lives a healthy lifestyle, yet I continue to smoke cigarettes. He recently quit smoking, currently uses a vape, and likes to stir up trouble. People always argue with me about whether I really and truly can be completely un-addicted to cigarettes after having smoked on and off since I was twenty-two. Well, to prove my point, I haven’t smoked for five days. To be completely honest here, I did take a puff off of a cigarette that my husband had lit three nights ago, other than that: nada. I have not been compelled to smoke. I have not been overly cranky or nervous. I have not experienced any sort of sickness or nicotine withdrawal. I have also not experienced any feeling of freer breathing, or better sleep, or any sense of better health in general.

I have a love affair with cigarettes. I see great beauty in the way that smoke curls into the air. Some of my favorite pieces of artwork in the world include people who are smoking cigarettes. I see smoking as an ancient ritual, something that roots me to the earth, man’s ability to capture and manipulate fire. Now, I am an intelligent person and I do understand the risks involved with smoking cigarettes. Unless you are a student or a professional in the health industry, you probably know less about the worldwide effects of smoking cigarettes than I do, and yet I smoke. But here’s the thing: on the average day I smoke one to three cigarettes, on some days I don’t smoke any at all, on some occasions where there is a party or an event and I am socializing a lot, I will smoke more. I only smoke American Spirit chemical free organic cigarettes.

If anyone had ever bothered to do any research on how people who only smoke a few cigarettes a day were affected, I would have read them. If anyone had ever done a study on the effects of chemical free cigarettes, vs. arsenic laden Marlboros, I would have gleefully read them…because I have my own theories on what the results might be. No one will however because they don’t stand to make any profit. Here is something else important to consider: I eat an amazing diet. I abstain completely from fast foods, and only eat out once or twice a month. I am on a gluten free, refined sugar free, refined flour free diet. I consume limited amounts of meat and I pay attention to things like whether foods or organic and HMO free or not. I regularly get well over eight hours of sleep a night. I drink at least a gallon of water a day, and take my vitamins as well as drink a vegan protein shake. I also work out thirty minutes to an hour six days a week.

I do not appreciate the barrage of anti-smoking propaganda that is constantly thrown at myself and my children. I believe that the money could be much better spent. I believe that we have personal freedom in this country to make our own life choices. I understand completely that many people in our country are not making intelligent health choices and that smoking two packs of Marlboros a day is really, truly, terrible for them. However, I believe that this is personal business that should be discussed between people and their own health care providers. I have always believed, as with everything, that moderation is the major player in health that we do not stress enough, or even acknowledge in our society. America has become the land of the glutton; it is a plain and simple fact.

When I lived in France, my host father smoked. He smoked four cigarettes every day; two after lunch and two after dinner. He was a retired physician, by the way. I believe that because the French are raised in an environment that stresses moderation rather than abundance, and savors experiences rather than rushing onto the next, they truly are compelled to limit their consumption of everything in a healthy way. This is just a general remark: but here are the mind-boggling facts that I found in researching for this article:

1.     In the US eighteen percent of the over eighteen population are smokers, as compared to thirty percent of the French population.
2.     Conversely, the country of France is number 191 in the world in cases of heart disease (that is second from the bottom of the statistical list), whereas the US ranks number 135.
3.     Here is the big shocker: The country of France ranks number 23 in deaths as a result of lung cancer and the US ranks number 9!!! China even ranks lower than the US and they have an intense air pollution problem.


I am sure that a great deal of people will find this information highly offensive, but I am who I am, and it is merely my opinion, (and a few rather staggering facts). As always, I urge people to do their own research and form their own opinions. Thanks for listening.





Reference for cigarette consumption per capita:



Reference for the percentage of French Smokers:



Reference for heart disease by country:


Reference for the ranking of deaths from lung cancer by country:


Here is where you can find the fabulous nutrition that I love:




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.

20 Things…you learn after moving to Florida.
1.There is a big difference between a roach and a palmetto bug. Real roaches are the guys from New York. They infest, they are spooky smart, they are dirty and nasty, and you have to work really hard to get rid of them. Palmetto bugs however, are big and creepy and dumb. You usually see them outside at night and they will fly right at your face. They don’t infest because they are native and they can’t survive in our AC temps. 2.Every public indoor place will always be frigid. Most of your friend’s houses will be as well. I take a sweater with me almost everywhere that I go, and if I forget to I regret it. 3.Outside of weather emergencies, weathermen are superfluous. In the rainy season, which is most of the time, there is an eighty percent chance of rain, every single day. The weather man has no idea what time it will rain, how hard, or for how long, and there is no way for him to predict it. You just have to go out there with your fingers cr…

Christmas in Florida

Christmas in Florida
December tenth today and I swam my thirty laps in the pool. It’s pretty chilly, but I don’t really feel it after the second lap. I am so grateful that I am able to keep swimming this late into the season. My body responds much better to swimming than it does to running, and I still get a great cardio work out.
This is our seventh or eighth Christmas in Florida now. To be honest, it wasn’t much of an adjustment for me. I have lived in climates where we got tons of snow. I even graduated from high school in Northern Michigan, but I really don’t miss it. I am a worrier, so snow just makes me think of bad roads and car accidents. I think snow is absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t like the cold. I would be perfectly happy if snow stayed on mountains. I would visit it to ski.
I finally convinced my husband for the first time this year that we really did not need a tree. He is partial to real ones, and I have no real love for artificial trees. Not once in all of the years…

The Power Of Willful Ignorance

I watched a woman say these words in a speech a few moments ago and nothing could be more true...willful ignorance is insanely powerful. Willful ignorance is the reason that good German people allowed their neighbors to be dragged off by the Nazis in the middle of the night. It is the reason that American people choose to believe our homeless are lazy and irresponsible instead of facing the reality that their situations have arisen because of widespread mental illness and cooperate greed. It is the reason that you will pick up a steak on your way home from work tonight, not bothering to find out where it came from, because you just don’t want to know. The truth is too disgusting.
I have gone on about the meat industry quite a bit and my goal here is not to do that. I love to eat meat, I will state that again, but the example that comes from our consumption of factory meat is so powerful when it comes to explaining willful ignorance that I want to use it. Out of ALL of the many, many,…