2014-04-11 / Letters

Tale Of The Pack

Dear Editor:

A young man, who grew up in an era when cigarettes were acceptable behavior (the 1950s) and was surrounded by many cigarette smokers, recounted how his parents would smoke one to two packs daily. CAMELS and CHESTERFIELD. Cigarette commercials on TV were done by famous sports athletes and movie stars. About the only place you could not smoke was in church or at school. Each day, he would see his parents open a pack of cigarettes with numerous cigarettes left. Well, after many years of second hand smoke, he started to help himself to either pack, whichever was more convenient. This became a daily event, and shortly thereafter he would buy his own pack. (Sound familiar?)

Well, his smoking habit was now in full-swing. He would hide his cigarettes at home in the closet. This young man smoked steady from the age of 16 yrs until the age of 64. He smoked everywhere he went and always needed to know where his “pack” was.

He is now 66 and one-half years old and has not had a cigarette in 2 and one-half years. Not having to worry about where his pack is has been quite liberating for him. (Not to mention the $$$ he is saving). If you are curious who this man is, it’s me!

BILL DICKESHEID

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