Thursday, December 08, 2005
YES, I'VE QUIT!
I had a colleague who used to smoke twelve cigarettes a day. He always said that he was not an addict, and that he could quit if he wished to. He never answered my question as to why he did not wish to.
As a friend, I used to think it was my duty to get him to kick the habit. I began to send him website links to medical reports of how smoking affects the body. Talked to him about people I knew who were suffering due to their addiction. Once I wrote the name of his wife and children on the cigarettes from a pack in his pocket. He never touched that packet, but promptly bought another one.
I'm a senti guy. One day, I bought him an expensive designer candle, telling him it was his family. And lighting the cigarette meant lighting the candle too.
Within weeks, he came down to three cigarettes, and eventually stopped. Six months after his abstinence was confirmed, he invited me home for a lunch treat. During that time, I changed jobs.
One week later, on my new office number, I received a phone call. His quivering voice was on the other end. He told me that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
He always said that he was not an addict, and that he could quit if he wished to. He never answered my question as to why he did not wish to.