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Tucson, AZ – Last night, I received a phone call that has become all too familiar. My uncle was phoning me to tell me it was happening again. My father was having another attack and I needed to come and help him. Immediately. In his condition, these attacks could easily take his life. Luckily, after being transported to the ER at Tucson Heart Hospital, he stabilized. But the bad news is that this will not be the last time that this will happen, as the medical staff has clearly cautioned us. They also confirmed what we already knew: eventually one of these attacks will take his life. I feel compelled to share with you the torture that my father goes through and the pain I feel watching it all unfold. My hope is that my pain and my father’s torture inspires just a few of you to terminate your habit for good by understanding just how bad circumstances can become.
My father has lived a great life. He served for over 20 years in our Armed Forces and there are few places in this world that he has not visited. He loved to travel and was a very active man. Growing up, I never saw weakness in my father. Even into his fifties, there were few 20 year olds who could sport a better physique. But today, he is just over 100 pounds. Each day, he struggles to draw breath. He is still stubborn and willing to take on an army of men, but he is physically beaten by years of traditional tobacco use.
Like many of us, my father never realized just how massive of a toll smoking would take on our fragile bodies one day. In my experience, this realization comes far too late. The pain, the suffering, the torture…everything we have been warned about…it all becomes so real. And our families and loved ones have to experience it as we do.
An attack is something no one wants to witness. As one who has once again had to do so, I am overcome by emotion. I could not imagine what it is like to personally endure.
The look in my father eyes is fear (although he will never admit it). It is a look that puts more fear in me than I had ever thought possible. Had I arrived too late? Am I going to lose my Dad? He begins to grasp for his inhaler. He uses them as directed and nothing happens. Nothing works. We give him his oxygen and still nothing. He cannot breathe no matter how many times we try and anxiety begins to set in. Using the last of his dwindling breathe, he tells us goodbye. By now, the ambulance has arrived and he is rushed to the hospital.
At the hospital, nothing anyone can do helps. His dioxide levels rise and his oxygen levels decrease rapidly. Delirium sets in. Doctors now approach me and explain to me the dangers of intubation. I am told that it will stabilize him. However, they also inform me that the chance of his body being able to work on its own, once the tube is removed, is very unlikely. It seems there are no other options. Before the tube is inserted, the doctors strap a mask on my father’s face that forces oxygen into his body. This is our last resort before intubation. Miraculously, he stabilized after one hour. Within a week, he will return home with the promise that he will be back again. But all of us know that eventually an attack will take his life.
For my father, it is clear that the damage done to his body by smoking cannot be reversed. He will pass on in a way that no one should have to die. Learn from this, read of other similar occurrences, and wake up for the sake of you and your family. Think about it. If we continue to smoke all these chemicals into our bodies, it will most definitely end in a torturous death. This is no exaggeration. We must stop ignoring the pain and suffering of others who have gone through similar circumstances. Please understand what will happen to you, what does not need to happen to you, and what YOU CAN EASILY PREVENT! You should spend your last days aging gracefully and YOU CAN! For yourself, and for those closest to you, please make this pack your last.
400,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to traditional tobacco usage each year. This staggering number is greater than most of the top ten causes of death combined. One would think an individual would see a statistic like this and throw their pack of cigarettes away. As a former smoker, I can tell you it’s not that easy. Aside from the nicotine, we have developed patterns of behaviors that make the addiction so much harder to break. From the tearing of the cellaphane, to the feel of our cigarette, to holding it in our mouth, to watching the smoke escape into the atmosphere…the entire process has become part of our addiction. Breaking such an expierience would bring a whirlwind of stress to our lives. Furthermore, we feel bullet proof and every statistic doesn’t seem to get our attention. Maybe this one will: Every year 600,000 innocent people die worldwide from second hand smoke!
That’s right. Within 10 years, 6 million people who do not smoke will perish from second hand smoke. We may not care of the risk we put ourselves at, but it seems a little selfish to overlook the harm we cause others. Smoking bans are going into affect everywhere and with good reason. Lawmakers are hearing the crys from the non-smoking public. This non-smoking public is digesting all the studies and doing something about it. Studies on second hand smoke are just as alarming as first hand smoke. New studies on third hand smoke are equally alarming.
As a smoking parent, we go outside our home or exit the car before smoking around our little one. We do not want to expose our children to second hand smoke. We understand the dangers and our love for our children makes us do the right thing. However, studies are coming in showing that this behavior is not enough. There is a little secret called third hand smoke. Third hand smoke is the smoke on your clothes. Meaning: you take a smoke break, you get smoke embedded in your clothes, and now everyone is smoking with you when they smell that smoke on your clothes. Third hand smoke is proving to be just as bad as first and second hand smoke. As an ex-smoking parent this was a alarming fact for me. I was unknowingly exposing my child to this countries #1 cause of death.
As smokers, we may not worry about the harm we cause ourselves. Inhaling 4,000 chemicals, 50 carcinogens, building up of tar, and the robbing our blood of oxygen seems to be a small deterent for the pleasures of smoking. Substance like arsenic, formaldehyde, and benzine have been willingly added to our diet. However, lack of our own well being can not get in the way of our responsibility to those around us. From our innocent children to the non-smoking strangers we sit next to every day, we must be sensitive to their right to live a smoke free lifestyle. If we can not find the will to quit, we must respect the children and the non smoking public around us. After all, they are making the right choice and so should we…before it’s too late.
ATLANTIC CITY — It’s against the law in New Jersey to smoke in common areas of residential buildings, but property managers are increasingly turning their complexes completely smoke-free because of the health and financial benefits.
Nearly two dozen public and private housing properties prohibit smoking in private areas throughout the state, according to the Global Advisors for Smokefree Policy, or GASP. And there is momentum for more, said speakers on a panel Tuesday in Atlantic City about smoke-free multifamily buildings.
The discussion was part of the two-day Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development.
The New Jersey Smoke-free Air Act prohibits smoking in common areas like hallways, lobbies and stairwells, and requires smokers to stand away from doors and windows to prevent smoke from wafting in. Places like college dorms, nursing homes and foster or adoptive family houses are also smoke-free under the law.
The benefits to going smoke-free are extensive, said property managers who have made the switch — there are lower maintenance costs because no one has to clean up cigarette butts, faster turnaround times on available units because smoke residue isn’t stuck in wall paint and carpets, decreased fire and damage risks, and the opportunity for reduced insurance costs.
“By and large, everyone likes it — it keeps the hallways cleaner, it smells better,” said Steve Tancer, director of property management and operations for RPM Development Group in Montclair. Seven of RPM’s 25 properties are smoke-free, including buildings in Newark, Somerset and Orange.
One concern is whether smokers feel discriminated, but Tancer said they didn’t find that to be the case.
“There was virtually no resistance,” he said.
A daughter of a Green Nicoitine user explains the benifits she has witnessed from her father’s use of Green Nicotine Electronic Cigarettes. Our corporation only markets Green Nicotine as an alternative to traditional tobacco, not a smoking cessation device. We do not sell fruit flavors that market towards chidren, will not sell to minors, and do not even let non-smokers purchase our product (unless the intended use is for a friend, or relative that smokes). The views expressed in this video are of the experience of a genuine Green Nicotine user. The views expressed are not necessarily the views of our corporation.