I’m now into day 11 of smoke Swap or as I now like to think of it as 3 days to go until I stop smoking. Just three days from now, (not that I’m counting down the days… but I am) and I’ll be a non-smoker or an ex-smoker.
I’m in with the in crowd. The whole team have now excepted me as a smoker and models and crew alike offer me cigarettes as they would anyone else they know who smokes.
I refuse to offer anyone a cigarette, not because I’m tight but because of my own moral justification and code. I simply don’t want to encourage anyone to smoke. If anyone asks for a smoke however, I do oblige.
One of the models today informs me she has just finished six years studying to be a doctor and is now about to start her first year as a general practitioner in Barcelona Hospital. She says she should be setting a good example as we share a cigarette but… The thing is, when we are young we think we are invincible. We blank out or refuse to acknowledge the consequences of our actions. Even doctors, with all their knowledge and first hand experience of the pain and suffering cigarettes cause to smokers and their families aren’t amune. The cigarette marketing propaganda that has been going on for decades warps our logical though processes.
Recently, every time I’m socialising or meeting new people I am intensely pestering them on their smoking habits, how they feel about the ban and frankly as an ex/non smoker (Oh that has a ring to it!) I am shocked by peoples’ answers on how they feel about giving up their beloved fags on the 1st July. I was hit with replies like “smoking is part of my life”, I mean even myself being partial to a fag, found this reply quite sad and depressing. Others simply refuse to acknowledge the ban, stating it wont make a difference to them, they will smoke were they want. l look forward to witnessing their resolve when on the spot fines are being issued!
Is this how bad our country is? Cigarettes – a plague like problem? I’ve never thought this deep about smokers and their addictions. From just a week into this experiment and observing people from the all sides of the spectrum, I have made a prediction about July 1st, I honestly don’t think people are going to be able to quit, can you imagine the carnage when doorman are trying to tell Dave and his mates who are totally rat arsed they cant smoke their fags inside, the same beloved fags they have smoked routinely in their beloved local for the last 12 years. It’s going to be a complete chaos with disgruntled, moody and edgy drug free people. Oh god, a whole new reason to stay in!