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“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Braidwood, IL

#1 Feb 14, 2013
DEAR ABBY: It bothers me greatly to know that so many children continue to start smoking at an early age. My husband and I did that, and now we're paying an awful price. We have had emphysema for years. Four of our children also took up the habit. I finally started paying them to quit ($100 every two weeks they didn't smoke -- up to five payments).

I decided to head off the temptation our grandchildren would face. We told them if they didn't start smoking by the age of 18, we'd pay them $2,000. So far, seven of the 10 have collected a nice check on their 18th birthday, and we expect the remaining three to collect in turn. They have grown up understanding that cigarettes are "gross" and, if they start smoking, it will cost them a lot of money!

Abby, you're the best way to spread ideas. I hope you will think it worthwhile to pass this one along.-- DO AS I SAY, GAINESVILLE, FLA.

DEAR DO AS I SAY: I'm passing it along, but frankly, I'm not crazy about bribery. One would think that, having witnessed firsthand the serious health issues you and your husband are experiencing, your grandchildren would have understood what awaited them if they took up the habit.

The tobacco industry has done a huge disservice to young people by marketing their products to them -- and not just in the form of cigarettes, but also with flavored chewing tobacco, which is equally addictive. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, nearly 90 percent of smokers start by age 18.

In 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys E. Kessler of Washington, D.C., ruled the major cigarette manufacturers were guilty of fraud and racketeering under the federal RICO Act.(When the tobacco companies appealed, the Supreme Court rejected it without comment.)

She wrote that for more than 50 years the tobacco industry "lied, misrepresented and deceived the American public, including smokers and the young people they avidly sought as 'replacement smokers,' about the devastating effects of smoking....

"They suppressed research, they destroyed documents, they manipulated the use of nicotine so as to increase and perpetuate addiction, they distorted the truth ... so as to discourage smokers from quitting."

It is extremely important that young people be educated about -- and prevented from -- using tobacco. Smokers who start as teenagers increase their chances of becoming addicted. Think about it: reduced lung function, early heart disease, cancer, asthma, disfigurement. Yes -- it could happen to you.

DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful husband and adorable grandchildren, but I have developed deep feelings for a man I met at the gym where I go with a friend.

I find myself thinking of this man during the day and night. I don't want to have an affair nor do I want him to know what I feel. When the thoughts of him come, they overwhelm me so I try to pray. I have no plans to cheat on my husband. What else can I do?-- CONFIDENTIAL IN GREENVILLE, N.C.

DEAR CONFIDENTIAL: Because you have a wonderful husband and a life you do not want to be disrupted, I recommend that when you finish exercising at the gym you take a cold shower. And if that doesn't work, go to an all-female gym.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO MY READERS: Thanks to you, writing this column is a love-in every day of the year.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Braidwood, IL

#2 Feb 14, 2013
1- Those tobacco companies are as evil as the oil companies who are as evil as the energy drink companies who are as evil as the GOP who is as evil as men.

Now there's a push in Shitcago to limit the amount of sugar in soft-drinks. Consumers simply cannot be trusted to make their own decisions.

If you hate freedom, vote Democrat.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#3 Feb 14, 2013
1 So glad I got that monkey off my back.

2 Some women can actually have an orgasm while exercising. I suggest you learn that trick, them you can walk away from the dude with a smile on your face.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#4 Feb 14, 2013
1 I also got the cigarette monkey off my back. I don't fault tobacco companies at all. I knew the bogs were bad for me when I started smoking.

2 Hey Granny, recognize infatuation and act like an adult.

Since: Jan 10

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#5 Feb 14, 2013
L1: I do like the idea of paying them to not smoke, but I Think you should extend that age to 25. I know a lot of people who started smoking in college, so that age 18 is premature. Generally, if a person hasn't smoked by age 20, 21, they're never going to.

Abby is absolutely wrong in thinking the grandkids should learn from the health problems of their elders. It's a very rare person who learns from someone else's mistake.

GOod luck in stopping the cycle!

L2: I'd suggest marriage counseling to get your marriage back on track, but before you go that route, I'm sure there are tons of books on how to bring back that spark in your marriage and remind you of why you love your spouse.

But you MUST make some effort, and I think that includes NOT going to the gym when you know that man likely will be there.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#6 Feb 14, 2013
LW2: Deep feelings? Really? Its like school girl infatuation. Grow the F up.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#7 Feb 14, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
L1: I do like the idea of paying them to not smoke,
I'd like to know how she verifies this. I knew a number of people who smoked in college, but never around parents. How hard would it be to fool granny into handing over that check WHILE already a smoker?

Since: Jan 10

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#8 Feb 14, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I'd like to know how she verifies this. I knew a number of people who smoked in college, but never around parents. How hard would it be to fool granny into handing over that check WHILE already a smoker?
I suspect the cousins self-moderate this among each other.

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#9 Feb 14, 2013
Make them wear a nicotine patch. If they dont get all wired and jittery, then they are smokers. If the do get jacked they are not.
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I'd like to know how she verifies this. I knew a number of people who smoked in college, but never around parents. How hard would it be to fool granny into handing over that check WHILE already a smoker?

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#10 Feb 14, 2013
RACE wrote:
Make them wear a nicotine patch. If they dont get all wired and jittery, then they are smokers. If the do get jacked they are not.
<quoted text>
Brilliant! ;)
pde

Palatine, IL

#11 Feb 14, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
L1: I do like the idea of paying them to not smoke, but I Think you should extend that age to 25. I know a lot of people who started smoking in college, so that age 18 is premature. Generally, if a person hasn't smoked by age 20, 21, they're never going to.
I agree. Both of my sisters who are smokers started in college.

“On Deck”

Since: Aug 08

French Polynesia

#12 Feb 14, 2013
Edogg,
Technically speaking, soft drinks and soda pops in America no longer contain sugar and have not for years.
In the name of insatiable greed, they are instead sweetened with inexpensive high fructuse corn syrup and similar such derivatives, but not pure cane sugar.
Read and understand the nutritional labels of the foods you consume. The public has been deceived right under their noses.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#13 Feb 14, 2013
LW2: Certainly he can't be the first crush you've had in your life ... you don't always have to act on them.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#14 Feb 14, 2013
loose cannon wrote:
Edogg,
Technically speaking, soft drinks and soda pops in America no longer contain sugar and have not for years.
In the name of insatiable greed, they are instead sweetened with inexpensive high fructuse corn syrup and similar such derivatives, but not pure cane sugar.
Read and understand the nutritional labels of the foods you consume. The public has been deceived right under their noses.
The public has not been decieved. The public does not care. Most soda drinkers don't give a shit if its cane sugar or sweetened with the essence of caramelized onions as long as it tastes the way they like it.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Melrose Park, IL

#15 Feb 14, 2013
loose cannon wrote:
Edogg,
Technically speaking, soft drinks and soda pops in America no longer contain sugar and have not for years.
In the name of insatiable greed, they are instead sweetened with inexpensive high fructuse corn syrup and similar such derivatives, but not pure cane sugar.
Read and understand the nutritional labels of the foods you consume. The public has been deceived right under their noses.
Then I guess the joke's on them, there IS no sugar in soda! Ha, ha! Stupid liberals!

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#16 Feb 14, 2013
I buy Sierra Mist, which is made with real sugar, not HFCS.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#17 Feb 14, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
Brilliant! ;)
Except when I tried the patch it made me all jittery and nervous and I smoke. Had to cut the thing in half.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#18 Feb 14, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>The public has not been decieved. The public does not care. Most soda drinkers don't give a shit if its cane sugar or sweetened with the essence of caramelized onions as long as it tastes the way they like it.
I agree. And as long as they leave the taste of my Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke with Lime alone, things will be fine.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#19 Feb 14, 2013
L2: I believe this is just a crush, too. She probably needs to do something romantic for her husband and have a fun night. They're probably just in a rut and needs something exciting. She should create it with your husband.
PEllen

Chicago, IL

#20 Feb 14, 2013
loose cannon wrote:
Edogg,
Technically speaking, soft drinks and soda pops in America no longer contain sugar and have not for years.
In the name of insatiable greed, they are instead sweetened with inexpensive high fructuse corn syrup and similar such derivatives, but not pure cane sugar.
Read and understand the nutritional labels of the foods you consume. The public has been deceived right under their noses.
You need to hit the grocery store aisles and read teh labels. An increasing number of main stream soft drinks have brought out anoother line that is teh same flavor but sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose cor syrup.
If you go to a chain which has a high number of Hispanic shoppers you can get "Mexican" Coke, Pepsi and Sprite. In bottles. All with cane sugar. Those have been widely available in teh north suburbs for several years.

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