It going without saying that any Real Jock would not smoke because of its effect on athletic performance. You simply can't breathe properly. If your aim is to be successful in athletics, smoking simple is NOT in the picture.
Just this week, my friend, Barry Feil, of Plano, found out he has to have his larynx removed. Losing your voice is a bad thing. Barry is in his early fifties.
My friend, Dave Kenley, a TWA airline pilot who retired at 42, was put in the grave this past May 1st. He suffered from COPD, and smoked to nearly his dieing day. He was 51.
My mom, as in mother, is the only of her group of friends that smoked that is alive today. My mom suffers from emphysema and is on oxygen 24 x 7, and has been for two years. Unlike her dead friends, she quit smoking when in about 1990, which likely saved her from the lung cancer that each, and every one, of her smoking friends suffered. My mom did have to have a heart valve replaced 2 years ago. Isn't smoking glamorous?
Smokers stink. A non-smoker can smell them as much as 20 feet away. It's in their clothes, skin, and hair. Smokers are sick. Sick nearly 10 times as much as regular folks. Smokers are nearly 10 times as likely to suffer catastrophic disease costing more than $100,000.00 than regular folks. Smokers have over twice as many sick days from work. Smoking age nearly 20 years faster than an athlete, and nearly 10 years faster than a lay person. It raises your heart rate, ups your blood pressure, and fills your system with cancer-causing toxins.
Spend some time with my mom, and perhaps that will help your brain to mature to the ability to make some common sense decisions regarding smoking.
Motivate yourself to put the tobacco down because of how disgusting it is, how it WILL kill you and ruin your quality of life, and how you won't let a little like tobacco win. Grow some balls, put the cigs in the drawer, and start walking. It's that simple. A digit control program.
I chewed tobacco for 19 years. I stopped by putting my chew in my upper left hand desk drawer and NEVER looking back. You have to get disciplined, perhaps for the first time in your life, tell yourself how disgusting you are, and vow never to let tobacco dictate to you, then, you just go do it. No drama. No crying. JUST DO IT. It's not hard, but, it does require a commitment to change, and a day or two of mild discomfort as you move to the road of wellness. If you have an urge to smoke, think about my mom. If you have an urge to smoke, think about Barry not having a voice this week. If you have an urge to smoke think how you smell like an ashtray. It's a no brainer.
It just like being a fat person, or a heavy drinker, at some point, you commit to change, and you do it. No one else can do it for you. Time to become a man, and take charge of your life, and not be a sniveling whiner pussy boy.