Wednesday, May 09, 2012


“I Quit!”

by Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths

image003     Simcha is one happy Jew. For years I have been trying to get him to quit smoking, but he wouldn’t listen. I tried all of the standard things, but nothing helped.

     We added up how much he has spent on cigarettes so far, and it came to an astonishing number…, tens of thousands of shekels! But that didn’t do it. We talked about how he was poisoning his kids when he kissed them. Maybe, that made a dent, but still, he didn’t quit.

     Then, a couple of weeks ago, I gave him this list of what happens when you quit smoking. And it seems, so far (2 weeks!) that it is working. Now he says, “I quit! I’m not going to let them get me!”

     Smoking is such a rip off! What a bunch of thieves they are to put addictive chemicals into the cigarettes just so they can hook you and make you think that you can’t quit. All they want is your money, and they do not care if they kill you to get it! But when you start to look at the benefits of quitting, then it seems like something you can do.

     Here is what happens when you quit.

*In 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate will drop back down to normal.

*In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.

*In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have deceased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.

*In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.

*In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.

*In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.

*In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.

*In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

*In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

*In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

     So you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke. Quit now!

Live a long, healthy life.


  1. Why didn't Baal Shem Tov quit his smoking with his pipe? His health was fine.

  2. The Baal Shem lived 62 years. If he would not have smoked he might have lived a lot longer. The Rebbe from Lubavitch smoked until the previous Rebbe came up to him and asked, "What do you need that for?" The Rebbe put it out and never smoked again. By the way you wrote, I assume you smoke? Maybe if you have some great mystical merit, it won't harm you, but most of us can not rely on such. stinks too! Live a long life. You can get a lot more done here than in the next world. Be well.

  3. For 95% of humans, smoking is damaging far beyond it's limited benefits. For 5%, their bodies protect against that type of damage and they can smoke without the negative body health impacts (smell, nicotine up/downs and fire risks are what they are).

    The links between smoking and the negative health effects were only determined in the last 30 years. Prior to that no one was aware of the relationship.

    Today, knowing that smoking will be poison to most smokers, there is no halachic permission to smoke.

  4. The Baal Shem Tov's great grandson, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, was completely against tobacco smoking. He said, "Aren't there enough desires in the world that you need that one too? (S'iz karg tayvos, vos mir darf di tayva oych?)"

  5. That's interesting points but why did HaShem create the tobacco plant in the first place?


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