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HELLO EVERYONE MY NAME IS FREEDOOM I WILL LIKE TO SHARE A BIT MY STORY WITH YOU SEEN I QUIT SMOKING I SMOKE 40 YEARS AND I WAS SAYING IT NOT FOR ME QUITTING SMOKING BUT IN MAY 2011 I HAD BREAST CANCER I WAS OPERED AND I TAKE 16 TREATEMENTS OF RADIOTHERAPIE I WAS VERY AFFRAID TO DIE I WAS VERY LUCKY THE CANCER I HAD IT WAS A STAGE 1 VERY VERY SMALL AFTER MY TREATEMENTS I DECIDED TO CUT DOWN ON MY CIGARETTESIN SEPTEMBER 2011 I WAS SMOKING 12 CIGARETTES BY THE DAY I CUT DOWN AT 8 CIGARETTES IN NOVEMBER 2011 I CUT DOWN TO 5 CIGARETTES EVERYTHING WAS GOING GOOD IN JANUARY 2012 I START TO COUGH AND COUGH I WAKE UP THE 30 JANUARY 2012 I WAS FEELING SICK I TRY TO SMOKE BUT I WAS COUGHING TO MUCH I DECIDED TO GO TO THE CLINIC I SAW A DR HE TOLD ME I HAD A BRONCHOLIST HE GAVE A PRESCRIPTION FOR TEN DAYS AND A PAPER FOR XTRAY FOR MY LUNGS I CAME BACK AT HOME I START THE PRESCRIPTION I TAKE MY PACK OF CIGARETTES AND MY HASTRY I PUT THEM IN MY SMALL FRIGIRATOR I KNEW I HAVE TO DO A DECISION THE DAY WAS LONG I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY HANDS THE. 31 JANUARY 2012 I WAKE UP AND MY DECISION WAS MADE IM QUITTING SMOKING IT NOT FOR ONE WEEK OR ONE MONTH BUT FOR EVER I WONT N COME BACK ON MY DECISION IM TAKING MY DECISION BEFORE SOMEBODY ELSE TAKE A DECISION LIKE (GOD UPSTAIRS HE NOT PLAYING GAME HIM ) MY DECISION WAS MADE I WENT FOR MY XTRAY TWO DAYS AFTER THE CLINIC PHONE ME AND A DR WANT TO SEE ME I WENT TO THE CLINIC I SAW THE DR AND HE TOLD ME I HAD A PNEUMONIA HE GAVE ANOTHER KIND OF MEDICATION FOR ANOTHER TEN DAYS I HAD A CALENDAR I PUT A X ALL THE DAYS I DID NT SMOKE ONE DAY I COUNT MY DAYS AND I WAS 4 MONTHS SMOKEFREE I SAID IF I START TO SMOKE I LOOSING ALL MY 4 MONTHS SMOKEFREE AND IM DOWN TO ZERO I WILL BE SICK AGAIN I WILL COUGH NO NO I WILL CONTINUE I HAD BAD DAYS AND GOOD DAYS ONCE A MONTH I REWARD MY SELF THE 31 JANUARY 2013 I HIT MY 1 YEARS SMOKEFREE I WAS VERY PROUD OF ME I WENT FOR A NICE SUPPER AND I HAD A NICE CAKE TODAY I HIT MY 20 MONTH SMOKEFREE THE DAY I QUIT SMOKING I GAVE TO MY HEALTH A WONDERFUL GIFT I HAD TWO CHOICE IF I DON NT STOP SMOKING I WILL DIE AND IF I STOP SMOKING I WILL LIVE LONGER EVERY MORNING I HAD MY BREAKFAST I GO FOR MY 45 MINUTES WALK AFTER IT MY SHOWER AND MY DAY START TODAY IM SO PROUD OF ME I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO THAT IT WAS MY FIRST TIME I DIDNT USE ANY PRODUCT BECAUSE I DONT BELIEVE IN THAT I BELIEVE IN ME IM PROUD TO BE A NONSMOKER FREEDOOM
I was working in the newsroom at KSTP in the early 1960s when the first surgeon general's report on the toxic effects of smoking came over the AP newswire. Since we customarily had at least one cigarette going as we went about our work in various parts of the newsroom, I thought, "We're smoking ourselves to death." ( My dad then was smoking at least a pack of Chesterfields a day but lived to by nearly 90.)
I told my colleagues at KSTP, "I'm quitting cold turkey" which I did. They laughed at me but later in life, several died of lung cancer and others from other smoking-related ilnesses.
If I knew how I quit cold turkey without missing it, I could bottle it and make a million. My once-beautiful ex-wife now looks old well beyond her years and either can't quit or won't quit and I am wondering about the effects of secondhand smoke on my daughter, her husband and my two grandsons with whom she lives.
I now reside in a senior apartment where smoking is tolerated because there are no laws against it. I may have to move to a smoke-free residence.
I am retired from 55 years in various communications businesses and would be happy to share my expertise with your staff.
I urge you to take a leadership role in getting the state commissioner of health and the attorney general to work with the Legislature and prviate health care organizations in conducting a statewide campaign to inform all Minnesota communities that AG Swanson has ruled that an individual community can enact stronger laws against secondhand smoke than exist on state lawbooks. I am doing this myself in my home community of Roseville.
Such action could be the precursor toward an outright effort in the Legislature to ban of smoking entirely in the state if our governor has the guts to sign such legislation and we find legislators in each house to write it and introduce it. Or, you may write a draft bill for each house.
I have not heard of your organization til now which makes me wonder about your ability to work with the media and get out the anti-smoking messages we all believe need to be heard and heeded by our lawmakers and the public.
I urge you to get a statewide effort underway by contacting the state health commissioner and AG Swanson, then find a legislator in each house to introduce draft legislation written by you and first approved by the health commissioner and Ms. Swanson.
If we can lay the groundowrk before the next session of the Legislature begins, we might have a chance for passage.
I would be happy to meet with you to discuss all of the above and more.
FYI, this is my correct email address but your computer refused it in favor of the previous one.
I learned about you from Joe Hibberd of Ramsey County Health department. We should try to get every county health department in the state behind this too as well as local chapters of American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and other private groups such as yours.
Won't you please take the leadership role this effort needs so badly?
I live in Minneapolis and am a frequent user of the Minneapolis park system. I was really pleased to see the recent posting of "Tobacco-Free" signs across the park system. Parks are places for healthy activities and youth-friendly events. Tobacco use does not mix with these types of events. I am very glad that I can now enjoy tobacco-free parks!
There is a very small steak house nearby that has GREAT food. But we had not been in there for years because with young children you have to think about the smokiness. It had separate tables for non-smoking but not a separate area, it all blended and the smoke was bad. Once the indoor smoking ban passed we sort of forgot about the little steak house. It wasn't until recently that a friend was babysitting for me and she was going to meet others at that restaurant that I thought of it again. I was leery about the lingering smells in there - what would I find when I picked up my daughter - could they possibly clean the walls, carpet, window coverings enough so that it did not reek of old smoke? Much to my pleasant surprise I found that it no longer smelled of smoke. It was clean and fresh and smelled of, well, steak! (and french fries). We will be going back with family members to enjoy their great food and the company of others who also enjoy smoke-free restaurants.