I am not a smoker. I mean, I do not smoke my cigarettes.  If someone is smoking next to me, I grab one or two and take a drag.

I noticed, though, that there is pattern when I do pick up a cigarette.

Yes, it goes with a cup of coffee, but mostly it is when I am tense, stressed or tired.

And I ignore the sign that says that cigarettes kill.

As a matter of fact, I think the warnings have the opposite effect:  they subconsciously encourage me to smoke. They enable the practice.

Strange, no?

How?

Why?

When I am tired and stressed I have this deep need to disappear, to stop the pain, to die. So, I over-eat, although I know it is not good for my health. And I smoke.

Aha. Maybe the warning reinforces this desire to die and confirms that I am doing the “right” thing.

If I am correct about this insight, then, the more stressed the society is the more smoking there will be. And if smoking is prohibited or too expensive, alcohol or marijuana become the substitutes. Or other drugs that make you forget who you are or what is happening to you.  And if you are continuously stressed and need this form of relief, it is no longer a relief. It becomes an addiction and our hidden, temporary need to destroy ourselves becomes an ongoing process of killing ourselves prematurely.

So what is the effective intervention that will stop us smoking and destroying our health?

It is not the warning signs.

Go for the cause, not the effect.

Stop the stress.

Meditate.

Do yoga.

And don’t take life too seriously.

Hang loose, as they say in Hawaii.

Wish you all well and may you all live a long life and stop all attempts to have a shortened life.

Best to you all

Sincerely

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

P.S.: I am going to read this blog myself at least twelve times. Daily.