Stop Smoking and Prevent Wildfires

Jim Christopher Health Guide
  • Virtually all local TV in California is currently focused on wildfires, folks evacuating their homes, fire fighters brought in from all across California, heroes all, risking life and limb, united in a common effort.


    As we all know - excluding arsonists and other contributing factors, e.g., high canyon winds, sizzling temperatures - careless smokers, tossing both cigarettes and matches, can effectively do the trick in igniting massively destructive wildfires, reducing all life forms and structures to ash.


    Smokers can be cognizant of potential fire hazards. Even when smokers are careful, they are, after all, playing with fire on numerous levels.

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    What really gets homo sapiens to halt what may have long ago begun as a lark and is now a full-blown addiction to nicotine, is a cognitive/visceral "a ha" in the face of what they're doing. This "a ha" goal can be deliberately induced, happen accidentally, or, sadly, be postponed till it's literally too late.


    Putting out the fire of tobacco addiction is possible; I did it over fifteen years ago and, for me and countless others who've stopped smoking, the flames of tobacco-related diseases have been extinguished, hopefully in time to have some years of authentic life left to live.


    Just as survivors flee from choking, murderous wildfire fumes, smokers can flee from choking, murderous tobacco fumes into clean air and a new beginning, joyous about saving their lives.


    Ex-smokers achieve more, however, than those poor folks who've lost their homes, their possessions to wildfire destruction, destruction started by careless smokers on countless occasions throughout history. Ex-smokers have escaped the killing grip of active nicotine addiction, reclaimed their lives and the ability to enjoy their homes, their possessions for years to come.


    You can take this opportunity today to make a decision to quit smoking. Check out the resources on this site, contact your family physician, begin anew. Take action.

    Acquire supportive literature and counsel from helpful agencies, log a stop-smoking chart for yourself. Credit yourself for your efforts. Attend stop-smoking support groups - on line and in person.


    Whether you choose taper‑off or cold turkey, just do it. This is your time now and I and countless others heartily applaud you; we love seeing folks stop smoking. It's to our benefit. We'd like to experience a smoke-free world one nation at a time.


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Published On: October 29, 2008