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For Smoker,More Prison Time Is No CrimeTues. March 2, 204WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - For a 73-year-old Canadian man, 20 months in a smoke-free jail looked just too long, so instead he took 24 months in a prison where he can smoke cigarettes.
Angelo Foti was sentenced to 20 months for shooting and wounding a man in his backyard who was trying to repossess a snowmobile sold to Foti's son, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Tuesday.[/size]
In court Monday, Angelo Foti was agitated when he realized the sentence would mean he would be in a provincial jail, where smoking is banned, the newspaper said.[/size]
Foti's lawyer pleaded for a 24-month sentence instead, which means the man will go to a federal prison, where smoking is allowed.[/size]
In accepting the longer term, Foti, a dedicated pack-a-day man, ignored the wishes of this family.[/size]
"Dad, they're just cigarettes -- give them up. Quit smoking: you'll be healthier," his son Angelo Jr. said in court. "Just take the 20 months."[/size]
Link to story:[/size]Copyright © 2004 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved[/size]Thanks to both Jill and Melissa for sending this story link![/size]
I just read a letter to the editor by another "John" that very much reminded me of "this John" back in April 1999. I truly felt I'd tried everything -- most things twice -- and after one final failed attempt I decided that I was done trying, no more, NEVER NEVER AGAIN would I put myself through withdrawal!
It was then and only then, when I at last openly admitted that I was not stronger than nicotine and there was no way on earth I would ever become powerful enough to control it, that I at last felt a sense of relief and freedom that I'd not known before. I was a drug addict and for the very first time I fully accepted a very simply fact - my addiction was stronger than me and I could not control or kill it.
In doing so it removed the daily mind games I'd played, like always buying just one day's supply (three packs), as tomorrow I'd gain the upper hand and at last take control. I could now, for the first time, start buying cartons as I fully accepted that I was quickly smoking myself to death, as I daily watched the accelerated destructive impact of three packs worth of carbon monoxide and nicotine upon my dying teeth, vision, hearing, and lungs. It was the final dagger into a dying heart and death to a sense of self esteem that pretended by clinging to hope.
Unknown to me, my "bottoming out" and acceptance of being a drug addict was my moment of greatest liberation. It allowed me to stop hiding behind a thick protective wall built of 30 years of rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference that provided sanctuary from a world that didn't seem to understand and conscious justification for that next destructive puff. It allowed me to at last open my mind to a powerful truth and look around at realities I'd refused to explore with absolutely no sense of fear that someone was going to try and take my nicotine from me.
So this morning, when I came upon John's below letter to the editor I had no choice but to stop and reply with my own letter of hope as others had done for me on May 13, 1999. I told him that the that he was slowly discovering were highly accurate. I told him that he didn't need to try and figure this out all for himself as he might just run out of time before discovering the full truth for himself. I invited him here (via WhyQuit) to complete his education while there was still time. It may not get published but I do hope the editors at least forward it on to John. It was worth a try. Millions of words but just bottom line ... no nicotine today, NTAP!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long Freedom! John (gold x5)
Letter to the Editor
Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)
Friday, October 15, 2004
Fuming at lack of willpowerI READ the article on smoking (GDN October 9). I will be really glad if I can quit this habit by any means.
I have been a smoker for the last 25 years and smoke 30 to 35 cigars a day. Many times I tried to quit.
One incident in life taught me not to smoke anymore and I stood it without cigars for four months and then again at another point in life when I was really upset I started smoking all over again.
Now I feel really helpless with this. I don't know what to do. I tried to quit many times but the resolve did not last long.
In the GDN article it was mentioned "people who can go without smoking in the first two post-quit weeks are more likely to succeed" but I don't think we can succeed even in this case because I am a person who stopped smoking completely for around four months and started it all over again. It was emotional pressure that forced me to start again. I think.
If willpower alone will do the work no one on this earth can quit smoking all by themselves because, frankly speaking, how many people could successfully stop smoking with their will power alone?
If we do some research we can find out maybe one in 1,000 could stop with willpower. Others will 'try to stop many times' and start again after a while.
That means depending on willpower alone won't help much because that's what many people don't have. I think we need to get some medicine or good treatment to stop it completely or a miracle should happen. It was so easy to start smoking but now I realize how hard it is to stop.
I am not personally satisfied with 'nicotine replacement therapy' because I tried nicotine patches more than five times and they didn't work at all. I am still a smoker. Also I tried some kind of pipe which we can smoke just like cigars (its not a cigar but looks like a cigar - I forget the name of it but I got it from the UK). There were nicotine tablets attached to it so when we blow the air in, it gives a cooling sensation on the throat and make us feel like not to smoke. This also didn't work for me and I can simply say time waste, money waste. Myself and friend who tried patches and this pipe still remain smokers.
I would like to know if there is any really effective medicine in Ayurveda to help people quit. Some suggested yoga and some suggested meditation but I didn't try them.
If anyone has experience with this kindly let me know. I am looking for a 'PERMANENT SOLUTION' for this smoking habit.
According to my thoughts, even if cigars are restricted in work places people will still continue to smoke. No one can impose full control over this, as long as it's available out in the market. They will still find some places where they can smoke. I mean, if it's available in the market they will somehow reach for this because it's there, as an option for the public to buy, waiting for us to buy cancer!
Imagine this, what will happen if cigars are not at all available in the entire country? All of a sudden its banned and vanished! No one is even having stock of it! Do you think anyone can continue to smoke in that case ? Even if they want to smoke can they do it? No way! Wouldn't that be a better idea? Ban cigars from the country itself so that no one can reach for it (including myself) and they don't have any choice other than quitting.
If medical authorities say cigars can cause that much trouble to health, why not considering banning the product ? What you think ?
Where can we find a permanent solution for this massive problem. I am not at all in a mindset to try patches again as I had enough of it and am not convinced by them.
Any other advice is highly appreciated.
Online link to John's letter: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.as ... ueID=27209
Letter to Editor reply link: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/contact.asp?pass=LETT
Copyright Gulf Daily News 2004
Strength vs. Weakness?
True Dependency vs. Dependency Ignorance?
According to a 1990 study, what percentage of quitters who lapse and sneak just one "taste," or one little puff, will thereafter experience full relapse and complete failure?
The correct response is A. The study was entitled Borland, R, Slip-Ups and Relapse in Attempts to Quit Smoking, Addictive Behaviors, 1990, Vol. 15, pp. 235-245. Among 339 quitters who tasted tobacco, including those who were unsuccessful in not smoking for even one full day, 314 would experience full and complete relapse.