Sitting alone, trying to find air.
She hugs him and watches,
Afraid of the mask that covers unshaved whiskers.
They both feel death in the room,
The image of the painter with smoke rising from
The pallet, replaced now with nothing but waiting.
Only the struggle for a breath that used to be free.
Stolen moments that can’t be replaced.
The cost of a pleasure ending in ashes.
How long does it take to get hooked? A September 2000 study shows that one quarter of 12 to 13 year olds who smoke as few as two or three cigarettes a day become addicted in just two weeks. And many of the rest got addicted shortly after that. Once hooked, the average smoker is unable to stop for seventeen years! Andevery year, they will spend $1200 or more on tobacco products, to maintaintheir addiction. What could you buy with the money you would save intwo years? Your first car, perhaps?