Dear Me,

I did not realize what a hold cigarettes had on me, but we were all exposed to “fags” as being hip, sophisticated and cool. Heck, we even got candy cigarettes in our stockings on the mantle at Christmas time !!! We would take one of Pop’s ciggies down to the cellar or out behind the garage and light up !!! There were no restrictions or regulations as to who could but cigarettes at the store, so we would be “dispatched” by Dad to the corner store( to give him a break and a chance to relax ) to purchase Lucky Strikes, Tarytons, or Larks (with the charcoal filters). Dad would always have enough to pick up some baseball cards, soda or candy bar!!! Later on when I had a paper route, I had my own cash, so I could buy some Winstons myself and smoke with pals along the paper route in the afternoon while American Bandstand was on!!! Quitting anything is always more difficult than starting it (unless you have a severe case of PROCRASTINATION!!!).

Ya gotta KEEP ON TRYIN’…!!!

God bless and “God save US all!

About ttsnh

The New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline is dedicated to helping people quit tobacco when they are ready. 1-800-QUIT-NOW. We offer free counseling over the telephone, free nicotine patches to those who qualify, while supplies last and can mail information to anyone who requests materials. Text QUITNOW to 22122 and a counselor will call you back. Sign up for quit tips, text TIPS to 22122. Message and data rates may apply. Dear Me New Hampshire is for anyone who wants to write a letter to themselves with the reasons they want to quit tobacco. Anyone can quit tobacco when they are ready. Try to stop. We can help. The Helpline is funded through the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Dedicated to: preventing initiation of tobacco use among young people, eliminating non-smokers' exposure to second and thirdhand smoke, promoting tobacco cessation among adults and young people, identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities. TPCP is solely funded by the CDC/Office on Smoking and Health.
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