Last night in the Smoky Drinky Bar Bucko drew attention to an article about World No Tobacco Day.
In it there was a remarkable sentence:
Every year on May 31 smokers have the opportunity to kick their bad habit, with the focus this year on tobacco and lung health.
If on May 31 smokers get the opportunity to stop smoking, then it can only mean that they don’t have the the same opportunity on the other 364 days of the year.
So if you want to stop smoking, do it on May 31 – because that’s the one day of the year when it can be done.
And this may explain why smokers find it so difficult to stop smoking. They keep trying to do it on the wrong days. If you try and stop smoking today, June 1, you haven’t a hope.
It occurred to me that it may also be that it’s only possible to successfully give up smoking at a particular time on May 31. For example between 11:15 pm and 11:16 pm on May 31. Try doing it at 3:30 pm, and it’s impossible.
And furthermore, you probably have to be actually smoking a cigarette at 11:15 pm on May 31 if you are going to stub it out and stop smoking.
The article went on:
It [the campaign] will also highlight the role lungs play for the health and well-being of people.
Isn’t that wonderful? Who knew that lungs play a role in the health and well-being of people?
Doctors at Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are now advising residents on the best ways to stop smoking.
I think there’s a typo in there. They should be advising people on “the best days” to stop smoking, not “the best ways.” And the best day (and in fact the only day) is May 31.
Anyway, the best ways of stopping smoking :
include through using e-cigarettes and Nicotine replacement therapy
I thought that e-cigarettes are regarded as just as bad as cigarettes. But what do I know?
But the main thing I gleaned from this article is that giving up smoking is like catching a train. You have to be there at the right time on the right day, because otherwise you’ll miss it. And the opportunity only comes round once a year.
And I’ve missed my one and only opportunity in 2019 to stop smoking.
I miss it every year.
I’ll miss it next year too.