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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Smoking is bliss- Say no to world no tobacco day

"kaun kehta hai,
ki cigarette sine ko jalati hai...
ye to kambakht....
sine ki aag hai jo is cigarette ko sulgati hai.."

Well, this post couldn't have come at a better time (today being the world no tobacco day). A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to visit the "Tata cancer research hospital" and there I saw a lot of horrifying things. To be honest, a visit to a hospital always gives me an " eaky" feeling. I feel more dead than alive. I just can't stand the smell, the atmosphere and everything that goes around there. ( Wonder, how I agreed when my love took me to show her medical college!) I believe that I will suffocate to death in that environment. It makes me more sick than I really am. Lucky I have never been admitted or rather haven't allowed to be admitted. But this visit in particular was even more creepy....

I was made aware ( much to my dislike ) of the various procedure in the cancer treatment. The blood irradiation by cobalt 61, the treatment by chemotherapy, the gamma and X-ray treatment procedure, those masks and frames used to immobilise the patient etc. Those gigantic machine were truly a wonder in instrumentation engineering, but those frame appeared to have come straight out of some medieval castle dungeon. The technology was truly fascinating, and "the gyan" made me think for a moment to quit smoking. Mind you it was only for a moment. But soon the wisdom dawned on me, " of what use were of these machines ( worth crores) if there was no lung cancer patients! What will the doctors do? What about their job and what about there livelihood!!!" So the moment I was out of the premises I had my faithful cigarette to my lips!

Anyway, the point is why is the world so mad against cigarettes... Tell me, how can something happily burns itself down, just clinging to your lips taking its last breath fore your five minutes be bad???Just how could it be? Sure my right chest pains occasionally, but the pain on on the left hand side, in my heart,is unbearable!!! So should I stop loving someone? Does that make "love" bad? For those who are not satisfied here are some advantages of smoking .... and the list is not exhaustive.
  • It brings revenue to the country, ( one of the highest taxes are levied on Cigarettes) so it helps in building the nation.
  • It leads to male impotency so it is an effective measure of population control.
  • "Smoking kills you slowly", So what? who is in hurry? . See If I start smoking at the age of 20 in all probability I will develop complications in mid 30s ...and continue living up till late 40s to 60. So In fact I have lived all my productive years of my life and have contributed to society while I can. Now living further would mean, being a burden on the already depleted natural resources, hence we are actually doing a service to mankind!
  • We are saving the environment, we are making the planet green. Now just take into account the amount of oxygen that a tobacco plant produces in a lifetime and compare that with the amount of toxic waste that cigarette from the same plant produces... it is way too less, not to mention that on the death of plant the same waste would be released to the environment.
  • Generally, people who smoke needs a kind of reassurance, so my beloved cigarette provides that. Hence no need to be dependent on somebody.
  • It builds self- confidence, keeps your morale high.
  • It helps you stretch to the extreme, So you can work nights.
  • It is a great stress buster like sex, with several distinct advantage, it is always available, is cheap, and no need to stick to the same brand.
  • It has its own charisma.
  • Smokers, often are much better observers, this is due to the fact that they often look for some discreet corner to have a fag, trying to hide from parents, looking out for suitable makeshift ash-tray or simply looking out for no smoking signs. Hence they make alert citizen- a prevention mechanism for terrorist attack.
  • It is easy to make friends once you start smoking, you are no longer a social outcast. A lot can happen over cigarette.

In short Smoking is bliss ....... "Gudang Garam International" here I come!!!