Wednesday, May 01, 2013


A Smart Guy

by Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths


     I was on my way to the Kotel on a recent afternoon when this yeshiva student stopped me. He said, “Some time ago you saw me smoking on the street and you gave me a sheet of paper with some reasons why it was not good. I pinned the note on my wall, and I kept on smoking. From time to time I would look at it, but I kept on smoking. Then, a couple of months ago, I quit. I haven’t smoked in over two months!”

    “Wow! You made my day. You are a smart guy,” I told him.

    He answered, “Yes, I know!”

    Here is the list that I gave him. Maybe you know someone who smokes and is smart enough to pin them up on his wall?

Here is what happens when you quit smoking:

- 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 decreased. 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 3 to 9 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.

And if you want to add a few of my thoughts about quitting:

= You will immediately stop stinking up the place, and harming other people with your toxic, secondhand smoke.

= You will immediately stop being a sucker paying the tobacco company your hard to come by money to addict yourself to their poison.

= You will immediately begin to regain your self-respect.


  1. I was a social smoker since I was 15. Thank God I was too cheap to bother becoming addicted, but did enjoy an occasional butt, and even in miluim I'd be able to smoke a box every two days, but then 'quit' the day I put my uniform in the wash.

    Some time just a few years ago, I lost the urge to even have that occasional smoke. Even if a friend was offering one while we were having a drink, I refused because I simply didn't have the urge anymore. It wasn't a conscious decision because I know that i enjoy the rare smoking I had done. I really wish to know what I had done in my personal tikkun that rid me of even that urge, so I could share that mysterious solution with others.

  2. Great clip that Rafi just posted.


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