Come on Boomers, who didn’t get a thrill from striking matches or flicking cigarette lighters, experiencing that primal awe of having fire at your fingertips?
Who didn’t test their lungs out of curiosity and peer pressure with a prized pack of Du Mauriers or Old Port wine-tipped cigars? Who didn’t deeply inhale the aroma of a freshly opened pack of cigarettes?
Who didn’t get dizzy and nauseous their first time?
Why didn’t they stop there?
In my young adult years, smoking was part of dance bar outings and mostly a social crutch. It gave party-goers something to do with their hands while practicing conversation skills and courting rituals. That was so many years ago and before I carried my children.
From my caffeine-induced, Sunday morning Web research, I can see that smoking started as an experience of the spiritual, for Native Americans to call upon and to give thanks for the six energies. The peace pipe was an important symbol to the indigenous people in the Ottawa Valley as well. Tobacco was used as an offering to the sacred waterfalls named after the pipe bowl.
This is one smoking symbol that I’d like to see spared from modernization.
So with smokers these days, does that mean people are trying to capture that inner reflection or reaching up to the divine? Do they want to meet their maker sooner than intended? How much of their earnings have gone up in smoke?
Sobering statistics and dry facts
- Statistics Canada 2011 data http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11676-eng.htm
- Physicians for a Smoke-free Canada http://www.smoke-free.ca/
Humour / satire
A clever, satirical film called Thank you for Smoking.
How dare you compare smoking to eating cheese!
Quotes about smoking
Subconscious suckling desires?
I often wonder if smoking (and now vaping) are subconscious, primal desires for the comfort of suckling at our Mothers’ breast as well as reaching for the Divine. At least those who choose vaping are doing it to wean them off the death sticks. You can do it!
I’d like to thank those public transportation users who walk a few meters away from the shelter to light up and begin your ritual of self-reflection while waiting for the next bus. Please complete your ritual by stomping out your cigarette instead of tossing it into the dry grass beside the bus shelter, and please completely exhale your sacred smoke before boarding the bus.
I will be sure to not sit close to you and experience the stench wafting from your hair, clothes and breath.
Another reason to quit smoking is to increase your attraction and possibilities for pleasurable mouth pressing activities.
Ah yes, pleasurable mouth pressing activities and making for romantic memories…
Thanks for dropping by. May your lip puckering activities be refreshing, memorable and sweet.