A Lost Opportunity

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.

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12 Responses to A Lost Opportunity

  1. Rose says:

    That’s a relief to us all.

    Many years ago, I got a massive disturbance of vision driving down a local road at 30 miles an hour with my two children in the back and wearing a nicotine patch.
    I pulled to the side of the road, ripped off the nicotine patch and as I waited for the effects to wear off, vowed for the sake of my family and the good of mankind I would never attempt to give up smoking again.
    I realised that I had been poisoned.

    When I started researching after the ban, my original instincts were confirmed.
    Nicotine patches were originally invented when a neversmoker, who had been researching Green Tobacco Sickness, mistook the effects of nicotine poisoning for the effects of smoking.

    “We put the tobacco on our skin and waited to see what would happen,” Jarvik recalled. “Our heart rates increased, adrenaline began pumping, all the things that happen to smokers.”

    Dr. Murray Jarvik, 1923-2008: He helped invent nicotine patch

    “Dr. Murray Jarvik never puffed a cigarette, but battled lifelong heart ailments to co-invent the nicotine patch and lead research into smoking addiction.”

    “”The ironic twist is that he never smoked a day in his life. He was one of the most rabid anti-smokers you can imagine,”
    Which though still online is apparently now not available in my region

    • Rose says:

      Grandad describes the effect much better, if he will forgive me posting his comment, I found it again when I was looking for Murry Jarvik
      “Many many years ago, in a moment of madness I bought some of those patch yokes.

      Anyhows, I was driving into work, having stuck on the patch first thing. Suddenly I felt distinctly sick, and the road ahead started to spin. It was a really horrible sensation. I managed to pull over to the side of the road without hitting anything which was a miracle [a very busy dual carriageway]. The nausea got worse and I put two and two together. I ripped off the patch. A couple of minutes passed and the dizziness and nausea subsided. Obviously I had received a Nicotine overdose.

      Yes, there should be strong warnings but I never saw any. As I discovered, patches are extremely dangerous even for someone who doesn’t have allergic reactions. I really could have been killed that day.”

  2. Clicky says:

  3. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Yes ! A date to miss every year !

  4. Doonhamer says:

    Just don’t be crossing the International Date Line the wrong way when you try.
    But going the other way should make it easier.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    Another propaganda push this recent ‘no tobacco day’ was the call to ban smoking on hospital premises (even outdoors). The following articles sums uo the pressure tactics employed by tobacco control and embraced by the media: “Almost one in three NHS hospitals still allow smoking on their premises” http://en.brinkwire.com/health/almost-one-in-three-nhs-hospitals-still-allow-smoking-on-their-premises/?unapproved=69&moderation-hash=a615d17b01f0ee8f4894f08ee3005765#comment-69

    I left a comment but it is in ‘moderation’ (likely for perpetuity?).

    This type of effort makes Goebbels look like an amateur. And of course it fuels the antismoking sentiment that ‘validates’ the antismoker hysteria and hate seen, fro example, at the Daily Mails comments to their propaganda article based on the same pressure brief; “Almost one in three NHS hospitals still allow smoking on their premises despite health chiefs calling for a ban since 2013” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7086793/Almost-one-three-NHS-hospitals-allow-smoking-premises.html

    On the bright side, after six years of hectoring a third of hospitals have ignored the coercive suggestions to persecute their patients, visitors, and staff!

  6. beobrigitte says:

    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.
    Oh well, bad luck then. Not spoiling the end of the merry month of May with something I have no intention of doing at any day/month of the year, anyway.
    Has anybody got an idea what overzealous anti-smoker/anti-smoking club came up with this harebrained idea?

    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?
    The anti-smokers have too many irons in the fire and therefore begun to contradict their own statements. Years ago someone pointed out that the anti-smoking advocates were not as united as they make us believe. I think, we can reserve a seat in the first row as not to miss any of the spectacle of contradictions to come..

    It’s June now.

  7. Presuming that only 30% of right-wingers voted in favour of a blanket smoking ban because they were aware of the mendacity of the antismoking messages they received, while left-wingers believed every single lie they’d been told by Tobcon, is a sadly mistaken assumption. Both sides firmly believe in a separation of State and Economy, and pronounce themselves accordingly. And it all adds up to ever more antismoking measures on a global scale. In other words, right-wingers are unlikely to alleviate the condition smokers have had to endure all over the world for the past 5 decades.

    Let’s abolish the 31st day of May and deplace it to december 32nd, extending the festive season by one day. Extra merriment to celebrate the downfall of Tobcon, and the EXPROPRIATION of all the traitors in so-called Big Tobacco, who have NO right to own a product which they despise as much a they despise their own customers.

  8. jaxthefirst says:

    I’m pleased to say that I didn’t even realise it was World No Tobacco Day until the very evening when I read about it (I think) on the Forest blog. So little publicity speaks much about how much interest there is in all things smoking-related these days. I seem to recall that back in the days of National No Smoking Day (March? I think – before it pretty much vanished altogether) you couldn’t turn on the radio or the TV or walk past a noticeboard without it being hurled at you somehow. Anti-smoking, it seems, is fast becoming “old news.” I guess now that there’s bigger fish to fry for the wannabe prohibitionists (in terms of bigger numbers of people to target and try and “control”) anti-smoking has become something of a victim of its own “success.” Hoist by their own petard, you might say. Good!

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