Beyond Health: This netizen found a more important reason to stop smoking

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED May 7, 2018 12:59 pm | UPDATED May 7, 2018 01:05 pm

(Inside Manila) Whenever smoking is put into discussion, it's certain that those who are against it have numerous sources to prove that this habit is addicting as well as deteriorating (in the long run) to overall health. Health studies, medical professionals, even the government is continually proving and warning the public on the grave implications of smoking. Yet still, cigarette smoking is prevalent in the country.

However, this netizen found a definite reason to quit this deadly habit.

In a recent Facebook post by Macky Buenaventura he recounts how his father's family are regular smokers.

"I remember when I was younger, my dad and almost his entire side of the family smoked. Dad could easily finish 2 packs of Blue Seal Marlboro Reds. He bought them by rims." Macky wrote.

This took the life of his father's brother. Eventually, the latter suffered the same faith.

"When I was 8, his eldest brother passed away of cancer. A few months later, my grandfather passed away for the same reason. A few months from then, my dad was diagnosed with stage two lung cancer,"

Macky wrote how he witnessed his own father suffered, how he wished he had never smoked, and the emotional pain it brought.

"After some time, he fell into a coma. He died shortly after. I was 11. My brothers were 7 and 4,"

The fear and pain of lung cancer is not the reason why he quit smoking. But it's because he knows how it will be for those who will be left behind.

"I quit smoking because I know how it feels to stay. I know how it feels to be left by your loved ones. My mom had to take care of three boys all on her own. I saw her struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. I had to grow up without a father and so did my two younger brothers,"

A simple but selfless reason is what made this netizen quit smoking, a reason smokers should take into consideration.

"My point is, I cannot be selfish. Someday I’ll get married and have kids, and I don’t want them to end up going through what I did because it’s unfair for them. So if you don’t love yourself enough to keep yourself healthy, do it for the people you love and those who love and value you,"



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