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Empowerment,  Lessons learnt in Life

A Letter to an Aspiring Smoker



I hear you saying, “Life’s seems tough.”

Oh! Does it?

Maybe due to this ‘stressful’ life of yours or just to look ‘hip’ among your peers, you are quite likely to try your first smoke. While I am thinking of pouring my worries on paper by writing this letter, you, somewhere on earth, must be thinking to learn how to throw those rings of smoke in air. Why not! Afterall, you have heard that the easiest way to get rid of stress of day-to-day life goes right through those rings! And I know you also want to experience that famous ‘kick’ one gets after a smoke?

My worry however is, how long is it going to last…the Kick!  How long will it last?

Unfortunately, the kick is ephemeral. Soon the ‘high’ will go down and you’ll be left restless, craving for another Kick…means another smoke, then another, and you’ll not be stopping anytime soon. The threshold for your kick will keep raising and without any realization turning YOU into an ‘Addict’.

I know what you are thinking right now. You think I am over-imagining but I am just showing you the mirror. You know ‘Addiction’, is not a good word in itself; it has life damaging consequences.

I was going through the site of WHO and I got chills down my spine after reading that smoking alone is among the major killers worldwide. It leads to countless critical ailments and my heart bleeds to think that resulting deaths are the ones that could be easily prevented!

If I show you this fact sheet I know what will be your reaction, “This is bullshit!” and there are bright chances that you’ll cite examples also, may be in the neighbourhood or somewhere else, where a young person died without having smoked even once or  a chain smoker lived a long happy life! I know you’ll come prepared with your home work. But this doesn’t convince me at all. In fact, it worsens my fears.

Mere imagination of you, inhaling and exhaling the smoke, slows my heart beat down. As I visualize your lips turning darker day by day, my heart sinks deeper and deeper in a never-ending gloom.

I don’t know how to stop you before it all starts. I don’t want to sound like a preacher because I know what kind of answer I’ll probably be getting-“It’s none of my business” or “Everyone has to die one day” or may be more hurting stuff. So you see, I am scared to say a word.

All I want to say is, “Life sometimes does seem tough; but as they say, ‘tough times do not last, tough people do’. I know you have every right to live your life the way you feel like. I don’t want to breach into your freedom. I just wish to tell you that I love you, and I don’t want to take any chance to lose you. I know death is the ultimate truth and everybody’s going to die sooner or later but why to jump into a river when you are certain to drown. Common-sense says enjoy at the bank only.”

“So when you know the consequences why be an ostrich and bury your head in the soil to pretend that there’s no danger? Although you know, it’s very much there, and can attack you any time. Do you ever imagine the pain of the dear one’s while seeing you suffer? You don’t have even the slightest idea about their mental, emotional and physical torments? Not to mention the financial distress once the symptoms start showing.”

While closing my letter, I only wish to say this,

“Life can be simple. Why make it complex? Death is undoubtedly the ultimate truth my dear but let’s live first…live until natural death do us apart.”


Yours hopeful,

“Tobacco kills; don’t get duped”, As per WHO report:

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • Tobacco kills around 6 million people each year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Nearly 80% of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

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