We were able to quit smoking for a year in 1984. But then the following year, Congressman Tony Cuenco of Cebu hired us as his chief speech writer, and the pressure was just too much, which smoking mitigated. From then on, we were back to smoking–with a vengeance, we might add.
When we stopped the habit for a year, we became bloated–as in obese. It’s true that nature abhors a vacuum and that one absent thing will find a counterpart. In our case the counterpart was pigging out. The result was that we were always catching our breath–because of our fatness, moving about was a chore, including breathing normally. When we begun smoking again, we ate less, and as a result, our weight fell into what we call “normal”.
We find it absurd that some people are egging President Aquino to quit the habit of smoking. They don’t understand that even cars burn something in order for them to be of service to man. They would rather inhale the belched smoke from vehicles–which causes cancer in humans–and bitch about smoking cigarettes by P-Noy and ourself. They also do not know that tobacco is a very potent offering to our deceased ancestors and spirits in general. In fact, the native American Indians first introduced tobacco to the world as a spiritual offering. The conquering whites latched onto the practice, not metaphysically, but as a way to calm their nerves.
There must be something in tobacco for it to walk astride between dimensions. Kapres are known to be inveterate smokers. We had this huge house in Guinarona which was a prop to many a kapre during moonlit nights, as vouched by so many, and they were always seen piping up!
The country’s GNP and GDP are buoyed up by the productivity of people who smoke–from the rice farmer to presidents. So STOP! Stop preaching and leave us smokers in peace!