I don’t know how many people watch Boston Legal. The fifth season premiered a month back and I got the chance to lay my hands on it just today and boy! I was floored! It sends a straight message to all the people who smoke. Don’t do it. Combined with brilliant statistics (though it speaks mainly of the USA), I think the figures would only look worse in India, the tactics they use and strung together by the ever-amazing Allan Shore (James Spader), the first episode was a treat.
When I have told people (in fact, I tell anyone I remotely know and who smokes), they have defended themselves. Hurled expletives at me for trespassing into their private domain. Quoted some extremely rebellious lines from Ayn Rand, who glorified smoking in one of her books and what not. They tell me its their life. It just hurts to see such brilliant people who have amazing potential to start killing themselves at such an early age.Tell me what you have to, the truth doesn’t change.
What hurts me most is that educated people like us, who are totally aware of everything right from the tactics used by the tobacco company, to the downside of smoking, passive smoking, addiction et.al are the people who do it the most. I’m talking about young adults in their twenties and late teens who are still enjoying their financial independence, who are now addicted to smoking.
I’ve seen so many people huffing and puffing themselves to their graves. Literally. They will not realize it now, (the people who do, God bless them). But it has become a symbol. A sign that they are the rebels, the ‘big boys’, the ‘cool’ people who with a burning stick of nicotine in their hands rule the world. Any college is infested with so many smokers who are literally addicted to it. They dont realize, no amount of sorry or deep regret to their habit would improve their health unless they let go of their addiction. Seek help, if wanted but do not kill yourself and hurt the people who love and care about you the most.
Smoking is not cool. It is not something one does to get high and get away from life’s problems and obstacles. Although, most people do it for precisely that. Passive smoking kills more people than active smoking. Lung cancer, tuberculosis, oral cancer everything is attributed to smoking and yet lo behold! we still do it.
I know writing this post is of no point because the smokers would continue to do what they like and the non-smokers agree with the contents of the post. But someday, the people who smoke will realize what they are actually doing and that remorse will be the greatest they would ever experience. The feeling of killing yourself and the people around you right from your teens, when you are at the brink of experiencing the greatest joys in the world. Still, I write this post because I feel strongly for it. I believe anyone’s life is too short to be threatened by such serious diseases.
Watch Boston Legal Season 5 Episode 1. Sadly, I know folks here would head for the J, minutes after watching it to grab that vicious piece of nicotine.