I am writing to veterans as a fellow veteran, in regard to or about the effects of not smoking. Yes, some of you are probably saying who are they to tell me not to smoke; this gets in the way of my individual freedom that I have fought for. Some may say this makes me a grown man or woman. We are all past this I hope by now. We are aware of the harmful effects of smoking. The questions that I pose to my fellow veterans are as follows:
- Would you smoke in front of your 90-year-old grandmother or father who’s on oxygen?
- Would you smoke around your 3-day-old niece or nephew, granddaughter or son?
Deep down inside we know the answers to these questions. That cigarette is not important to us when it comes to our loved ones’ health and overall well-being. This is why we brave the cold to get just a few puffs and back inside to our warm dwellings. Some say it steadies my nerves. Believe me, I have heard all the excuses. If there is any vet looking for help, there is help out there. Quitting smoking can extend your life by 10 years and save you money. Giving you time to enjoy your loved ones. If any vet is interested in seeking help, please call 1-800-Quit-Now. When calling this service you will be connected to a live operator who will assist you in your effort to breathe easy.