Re: BSA & Smoking Policy; a little rant
Paul Bartells (Paul.Bartells@PCC.MCDERMOTT.COM)
Thu, 27 Apr 1995 13:54:00 -0500
Ted Burton wrote:
But tobacco, because of its greater prevalance of abuse, kills
more people than do these _other_ drugs. Yes, tobacco is also a
drug with addictive properties perhaps second only to cocaine,
and we now know it kills people dead.
Someone who sells or provides any of the same to a kid should be
hammered as if for attempted manslaughter.
Sure is a mixed up world sometimes... when death is legally sold
at the grocery counter.......
Ted, I couldn't agree with you more. I was a two pack a day
smoker for nearly 20 years before I finally kicked the habit. It
wasn't easy (and I still fight cravings after 6 years!). I know
how difficult it is, but I also know it can be done. It requires
a real desire to quit, as well as a change in philosophy.
The mind is so powerful that when one is deprived of something,
the desire for it increases. With an addictive substance, the
desire (craving) intensifies so greatly that it becomes an
obsession. During the phase of physical withdrawal, moods are
highly volatile. But that phase is really over after 3-4 days if
I remember right. The emotional dependency is much tougher to
get through. That is largely due to the activities with which
smoking is associated. Things like eating, drinking, sex,....
You name it and someone probably associates smoking with it.
The technique that finally helped me get through it was to change
the way the quitting process is viewed. I convinced myself that
cigarettes were not something being denied, I was choosing not to
smoke. I wasn't a smoker who had quit, I was now a non-smoker.
Like I said, the mind is powerful. It just takes a little effort
to program it for positive results.
For the adult scouters who are enraged about this topic, I
understand. If I were still a smoker, I would probably be
joining with you. Instead, let me encourage you to adopt a
healthier prospective. Whether or not smoking restrictions are
adopted is really a trivial matter once you realize the harm you
are inflicting on your body.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City