Project 365 – 12th April 2010

Posted: April 12, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 71

Happy Monday all, well I’m still wrecked after the weekend and spending my morning at Lavender Bay with my class taking photos in the sun. More tiring than one might think! The photo above is of my classmate Andry taking a cigarette break, photo also taken coincidentally  with his lens!

Found out today that quite a few more of my classmates smoke than I had thought (I obviously don’t pay too much attention as to who goes outside at break time for a smoke and who just for a chat!). Just got me thinking how does one start and eventually get hooked and how could that be used to stop more people smoking in the future? It just seems no matter what measures are put in place, what taxes added or what self-help quitting books/cd/hypnosis there is, more and more people are still smoking. Ok fair enough if there are people who just like smoking, have no intention of quitting and accept the health risks, but there must be a lot who just wished they’d never started.

I do understand teenagers wanting to be rebellious lighting up for a buzz and that leading to a dependency, but the most people I know who smoke didn’t start when they were too young to know the difference. I can see a situation where pub goers invite their friends out ‘for a smoke’ but if those friends resisted peer pressure when they were younger why do they start to follow the crowd when they get more mature? It doesn’t quite make sense!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticising, and I know especially in places like Ireland after the smoking ban, the party is often outside, but this is after all a practice of putting smoke in your lungs. You wouldn’t stay in a sitting room if the chimney smoke was circulating around the house yet people have no problem beginning something that has the same effect! Is it a craving for some sort of bad-deed buzz that we have that can only be filled by a sort of self-destructive behaviour such as smoking? Or is it simply peer pressure and curiosity? I think I need to talk to more smokers to understand!

Talking of destruction here’s a verse from ‘Fire and Ice’ by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice

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