was a hit record for Tex Williams. It had many stanzas but the part
that most people remember is the chorus. It goes like this:
smoke, smoke that cigarette. Puff,
puff, puff until you smoke yourself to death.
St. Peter at the Golden Gate
you hate to make him wait, But
you just gotta have another cigarette.”
That was 70 years ago but it came to mind last night while chatting with a bunch of AA members. One of the “old timers” compared the smoke filled meeting rooms of the past to the pristine ones that we meet in today and how ironic it is that many got and stayed sober ... only to die of lung cancer soon after.
irony is the fact that so many AA members actually find it harder to
quit smoking than alcohol. They tell us that the commercial ways
recommended to stop the habit, such as nicotine replacement therapies
(gums, inhalers, sprays) and medications such as Chantix and Zyban
just don't work for them. However, when they apply the One Day at a
Time concept, learned in AA, it often works like a charm.
I remember so clearly when I first heard that. I'd complained that I doubted I could quit drinking for the rest of my life and I was confused when I heard them say: “We never told you that.” I thought I was getting a reprieve and then they went on to ask me if I could just not drink for that day? Of course I could do that ! What a relief it was and lo and behold, I've been doing it now, One Day at a Time, for more than 27 years.