Gimmee Some Smokes!

An incident today at a fast food place in Bristol, PA reminded me that addictions are ultimately a battle of the mind and reflect a world view. As I pulled into a parking space, a young guy, who seemed to come out of nowhere, slipped behind me, and went around my car and stood about ten feet from my driver’s door. As soon I exited the car, the guy asked if I had a cigarette. I told him no – that I don’t smoke. “Can you give me ten bucks for a pack of cigarettes?”, he unabashedly asked. “No,” I unequivocally said. “When I become an old as* see if I give you anything, the punk snarled, as he walked away. “You need to change your attitude,” I replied. His ignorance grew. “F*** you,” this intellectual spouted. 

https://youtu.be/NWm6PUGpfVU  

The Johnny Smoke anti-smoking PSA played on TV during the 60s has been upstaged by the Opioid Crisis. The old folk song asks “Where have all the flowers gone?” I ask, where have all the anti-smoking public service announcements gone? Except for ads selling stop smoking products, there is not much of a campaign to alert people about the dangers of smoking.  

Although the poison from legal cigarettes acts more slowly than that of illegal drugs, it is still a destructive force in society. In the early 70s, my physical education/health instructor in college told us he’d like to go down south and burn down all the tobacco fields. “Don’t tell your parents I’m really going to do this,”, he said and explained he was just trying to make a point about how dangerous smoking is to your health. Early December, 2017, I lost someone very dear to me as a result of smoking.  

Like illegal drugs, which have additives such as fentanyl and morphine, cigarettes also have toxic additives. The government evidently does not have a problem with cigarette additives, which make cancer sticks more addictive. Jesus said that the love of money is the root of evil. Allegedly to curb smoking, the government jacked up taxes on cigarettes. The tobacco industry, and its partner in crime the government, are no better than drug pushers, whom they say they want to push out. More tax money in the government coffers!  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm  

Although not to the extent as the case with street drugs, cigarette smoking burns a hole through people’s pockets, including those who don’t have much money. In the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, some people would put smokes before food. Even housing! Talk about idolatry!   

And by incessantly declaring that drug addiction is a disease, the government and its cohorts keep their tax payer funded jobs and clinics in business. Everything in modern thinking today is a disorder – substance abuse disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (psychobabble for perfectionism) – ad infinitum, ad nauseam.   

I’ve met alcoholics and drug addicts who have overcome their addiction but cannot kick cigarettes!   

Like illegal drugs, cigarette smoking has become a god of this age. Johnny Smoke is an evangelist for the apostate church “Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.” And of course, like liberal churches, which adds poison to scripture, the tobacco industry adds junk to tobacco.   

The first line in Allen Ginsburg’s Beat poem, Howl, in essence a huge run on sentence, captures this age: “I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…” And they continue in madness. They must not realize that De Nile is not just a river in Egypt. Maybe we can bury people who die as a result of smoking in De Nile. Maybe the Egyptian government wouldn’t mind. 

That rabid, entitled punk who tried to hit me up for smokes was out of control. Talk about chasing vanities!  

The struggles and consequences of smoking among the homeless is part of my book on homelessness, which focuses on Bucks County, PA.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

Stop! In The Name Of Love!

At the next meeting at the Celebrate Recovery program I’ve been going to we will talk about denial. For those of you in Doylestown, De Nile is not a river in Egypt.

Recently, I mentioned to a smoker that my dearly departed friend and companion Sandi would still be around and would have gotten around better most the time I knew her if it weren’t for a lifetime of smoking those nasty cancer sticks. “You can’t prove that”, was the response from the smoker, who had started to cry a short while back when the smokes ran out and I would not pick any up for this friend who has trouble getting around.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

⦁ Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is nearly one in five deaths.

⦁ Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined:

⦁ Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

⦁ Illegal drug use

⦁ Alcohol use

⦁ Motor vehicle injuries

⦁ Firearm-related incidents

⦁ More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States.

⦁ Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths. More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.

⦁ Smoking causes about 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

⦁ Cigarette smoking increases risk for death from all causes in men and women.

⦁ The risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased over the last 50 years in the U.S.

I recently met someone at a community meal I’m very fond of who smokes, by her own admission, to cope with problems. She said she quit for a while, but then something came up that she had trouble dealing with it. She told me she realized she had to learn to cope with problems another way. I told her that Sandi quit for about a year towards the end, mainly because she couldn’t get around and that I would not get smokes for her. You did that because you cared about her,” my newfound friend touchingly said. Yes, and because I care for her and others I try to convince people not to smoke. Not abruptly, by saying “you vill stop” (with a German accent) and mainly on these blogs, which some people are afraid of. If you are the emperor, I’ll blog that you need a new set of clothes.

People have a free will and, as per one of the rules in the Celebrate Recovery 12 Steps program, you don’t try to fix people. That’s God’s job.

I channel Diana Ross and The Supremes and sing “Stop! In the name of love. Before you break my heart.” My heart is broken over Sandi being one of Johnny Smoke’s victims. Johnny Smoke is an evangelist for a rogue mission church: Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.

https://youtu.be/NWm6PUGpfVU

Helping people to cope with their problems without alcohol, drugs, including cigarettes or through other bad ways is why Celebrate Recovery, a national program with local chapters, was created. I’ve been having trouble with anxiety, depression, anger/frustration, resentment, so I go to a meeting once a week in Northeast Philadelphia. I am not in denial, and I know De Nile is not a river in Egypt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tuzHUuuk&feature=youtu.be

A program such as Celebrate Recovery is an alternative to the official nuthouses where by default the homeless are sent, with their legal dope and psychobabble. http://newlifephilly.net/celebrate-recovery

As former first lady Nancy Reagan said “Just say no” (to drugs). When someone wants help getting cancer sticks, just saying no is the best thing you can do for them. It’s the Christian thing to do!

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”  Ephesians 5:11

SSSS-Stop!

A revolutionary stop smoking device is here: Sandi’s Stop Smoking Straws (SSSS-Stop!). For decades, Sandi rode with Johnny Smoke, and evangelist for a rogue mission church: Sister Nicotine and the Holy Smokes. She was one of Johnny Smoke’s victims, as he gave her his best shot, fired away and she became another notch in his gun. She, however, left a device to stop Johnny Smoke in his tracks and lock him up for good.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=american+lung+association+johnny+smoke+anti+smoking+ad&view=detail&mid=A3F2D7950CBF5377D4CBA3F2D7950CBF5377D4CB&FORM=VIRE

As to smoking, I echo Diana Ross and the Supremes: “Stop! In the name of love. Before you break my heart.” https://youtu.be/9TiLJYH1qFQ

The stop smoking straws are a new way to stop smoking, by satisfying the urge to stick a cancer stick in your mouth. They are very bitable, non-toxic and are nonflammable. You can curb your cravings for those carcinogenic cancer sticks. Instead of reaching for that cigarette, pop out one of Sandi’s Stop Smoking Straws.

These straws will help you protect your unborn children. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=american+cancer+society+smoking+babies+anti+smoking+ad&view=detail&mid=159545EA4043A98C3545159545EA4043A98C3545&FORM=VIRE

So the next time you crave a cancer stick, reach for the Stop Smoking Straw, available in 20 pack dispensers.  The dispensers even have the pop-up action that simulates the Johnny Smoke quick cigarette draw, which helped make him such a successful gunslinger.

This satire has been brought to you by the folks who want to stop the insanity of the cult of Sister Nicotine and the Holy Smokes.

Next time someone asks you for a cigarette, offer them a Stop Smoking Straw. Gotta light? Gotta straw? No need for a light when you use a straw!

SSSS-Stop!

Seriously though, it comes down to a matter of the will to stop addictions or other besetting sins. We cannot do this on our own; we need the power of God to work in us.  By the way, Jesus coming to earth to redeem us and restore us to God’s image is what Christmas is about.

Realizing you need the power of God in order to overcome besetting sins is the first step, as found in Celebrate Recovery’s 12 Steps and Biblical comparisons:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18