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Giving Up Smoking Is The Easiest Thing In The World
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know, because I’ve done it thousands of times. –Mark Twain.
Thomas, a patient told me that he gave up smoking every evening when he went to bed. He didn’t have another cigarette until breakfast.
Richard, another patient told me that he smoked three packs every day, two packs during the day and one pack during the night. He would wake up about every hour, open up his night shirt, and light up. Why open the night shirt? So if I accidently fall asleep before I finish, it falls on my chest and wakes me up. Doesn’t that burn you? Not that much. That’s better than burning up the bed. Especially since you’re still in it. But that’s only a half pack at night. So you smoke only a ½ pack per night? I guess you’re right. So I must smoke 2 ½ packs during the day since I purchase three packs a day. . . When I examined him, I did confirm several small burn spots and several “loss of hair spots” on his chest.
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