First of all, my grandpa’s name is Charles Huey. He started smoking at the age of 25. What made him start smoking was being young and trying to fit in with his friends. He quit smoking for six months but while working on a job he allowed someone to step in and make him angry. Then he started back smoking again; about a pack a day of cigarettes.
For the next 20 years he smoked many different brands of cigarettes. Then one day he asked himself.
Why did he smoke?
His reply was that he liked smoking.
But, in reasoning with himself he knew that smoking was hurting him physically, was not helping him mentally, and that there was no spiritual virtues related to the habit. Cigarettes were also getting more and more expensive each year.
He told himself that it was time to stop, and therefore went on a mission to quit smoking. My grandpa doesn’t smoke anymore and I’m happy for him, and us.
In Wisconsin, smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, and murders and suicides combined. That’s scary. But, if you smoke, there’s still time for you to quit, like my grandpa did. Maybe even quit for New Years! For help to quit smoking or for more information you can call 1-800-QUIT NOW.
Happy New Years,
Danielle (13 years old)
Mount Calvary Lutheran School