Both of my parents smoked. At one point, they were each smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day. They eventually switched over to generic brand so they could keep up with their need. At today’s prices, that’d be an astonishing $42 per day, $168 per week habit. Growing up in mainly 1200sqft or less homes, there’s no doubt that every single molecule that I breathed was full of the cigarette’s toxins.
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I had severe asthma and severe allergies. I went to the doctor at least once a month. I was on daily allergy pills, an inhaler, and got monthly shots of cortisone. Every few months the doctor would ask me to step outside in the hall so that he could speak with my mother. Standing outside the door, I could hear everything he said. He would outright beg my mother to stop smoking. He said, if not for your own sake, for your children’s sake. He told her that my sickness would be cut in half if she would stop. Or to, at the very least, to go outside to smoke. Neither one of my parents ever stopped smoking. They never even went outside to smoke.
I don’t recall those things as to beat them up. It’s just the disturbing revelation of how incredibly addictive cigarettes are. I was mad at them about it for a long, long time. I was relentlessly teased at school. Kids called me “Smoker Girl” and would ask me if I smoked myself. My classmates would ask to move away from me because the smell of smoke on my clothes was so overwhelming. It was humiliating. I detested the fact that my parents did this to me. But now, even though I still struggle with allergies and occasionally asthma, I’m not angry with them. I feel sorry for them. I pity them for being held captive by such a powerful force.
Sadly, my mother passed away at just 56 years young. She died suddenly in her home from Cardiac Arrest. She asked her husband to go get her a candy bar, and by the time he made the 3 mile round trip, she was gone. The paramedics did all they could. Her body sprawled out on the living room floor, they worked furiously on her; so much so that they broke her ribs and bruised her badly. I’m thankful for their efforts, but it was too late. Even though she beat cancer at just 39 years old, she never quit smoking. I am absolutely convinced that she’d still be here to talk to and love on and ask for advise from and watch my children grow up and have Christmas dinner with and send sweet letters to…. if she would have just put down the dumb cigarettes. Its devastating. I cry. I cry about it right now as I type these words. To have your mother robbed away from you so early in life sucks. I’m still mad about it. But even more so, I’m just flat heart broken.
I implore you. If you smoke, STOP! Like my doctor said so long ago, if not for your sake, quit for loved ones’ sake. You do not want to devastate their world over something that you could have prevented. If your parent or loved one smokes, BEG them. Hound them. Appeal to their heart and their head. Be the relentless face of love, facts, and remedies until they heed your word.
Here are some quick, sobering facts about smoking:
-A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented.
-In 2014, almost 176,000 of the estimated 585,720 or 1/3 of cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use.
-Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. Smoking is linked to both diseases.
-Lung and bronchus cancer are the leading cause of death for both men and women.
-There are over 7,ooo chemicals in cigarettes, 70 of which are known to cause various cancers.
-Tobacco is as addictive as “hard” drugs like crack and heroine.
-Smoking can cause infertility.
Now for some good news.
-It only takes about 10 days for the toxins to leave your body after you’ve completely quit smoking.
-After 90 days, lung function dramatically improves.
-Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
-15 years after quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
-If you set a day on the calendar to start preparing your mind and emotions, and to inform your friends and family of your goal, success is significantly higher.
Black Pepper, Thieves, Peace and Calming, and JuvaTone are the Young Living oils and supplement that is recommended for aiding in the specific addiction to tobacco.
Black Pepper is primarily used to enhance respiratory health.
Thieves is blend of oils that is known in enhancing the immune system. It also targets respiratory system and may promotes regeneration of deteriorated cells. It contains Lemon that may help the body expel toxins.
Peace and Calming is a blend of oils that promote emotional calming. Harnessing emotions while overcoming addiction is key.
JuvaTone is a liver stimulant that may help your body cleanse, and therefore, kick out the toxins that is telling your body that you need a cigarette.