“A man driving a gold SUV took a carton of Newport cigarettes after his credit card was denied at the Exxon Tiger Mart on east Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne at 2:37 a.m.” reads the May 16 Middletown Township police log. Just had to have that cigarette!
Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you know that opioid addiction has been getting lots of attention. Although there are many stop smoking ads out there, the attention cancer stick addiction gets pales in comparison to drug abuse.
Smoking is a habit hard to kick. Someone who kicked heroin once told me that he couldn’t stop smoking. In its infinite wisdom, the government increased taxes in an effort to help its subjects quit smoking, reasoning that they wouldn’t have money for smokes. This paternalistic effort, like many government nanny initiatives, is failing. Could the government be just using this as just a ploy to make money? Ricky, I’m shocked! https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ricky+i%27m+shocked+cassa+blanca&view=detail&mid=DEF7C64EBB1A9309EF37DEF7C64EBB1A9309EF37&FORM=VIRE
A 12 Step Program in Levittown got lost in space after its leaders jettisoned themselves from the building and evidently turned the meetings into their own private club. The original leader left and flew south and passed the baton onto long time participants in the program who have learned to keep their bad habits at bay. I kept attending the program under the new leadership until one day when I showed up at the church I learned the group was meeting in someone’s home. The pastor gave me his phone number. I called but it was getting late and I decided not to go. I also remembered that I’d be smoked out. I didn’t save the number.
The original leader’s phone number is still on the website. Then, I called and got a recording that the number is not in service. I just called, got a recorded message for voice mail but it didn’t say whose number it is. I think someone else must have that number. http://12stepjourney.com/
The regular 12 step program attendees could keep their drinking problems at bay, but not smoking. They puffed away like chimneys up until the time they went into the one hour meeting and lit up as soon as they walked out the door. When we met outside when the church was closed for repairs, they smoked the whole time.
There were a lot of special programs going on at the church the day I found that 12 Steps wasn’t meeting there. I thought the crowd of kids caused the guys to decide to meet that night in someone’s house. No matter when it was decided, I think moving the program into someone’s home is permanent and they like meeting there because they don’t have to go an hour without a smoke.
The 12 Step program really helped a lot of people. It helped me. There are still such programs operating in lower Bucks County, PA. They are free and close enough that homeless and needy people can take advantage of a program that can help them get their acts together. With the so-called support groups in Bucks County PA being defunded that allegedly helped the homeless, the churches should step up hosting 12 Step programs, where peers and leaders are genuinely interested in helping people and are not just about making money and building their egos.
The 12 Steps started with Alcoholics Anonymous but expanded to other bad habits and behaviors, including anxiety, depression, and feelings of resentment. The program gets to the root of problems.
Just saw a stop smoking ad on TV. It cited an example of someone who died from 2nd hand smoke. The off camera narrator pitched [sic] “if you know someone who needs help quitting smoking…”
As I said in my blog Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes, smoking is more than a bad habit to many – it’s a religion, a false one that is harmful. God can help you overcome destructive behavior driven by character flaws. Recently I passed a sign in front of the community church in Newportville, PA that reads “You can’t walk with God if you run with the devil.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11