Smoking and Drinking: How to Quit


I smoked from age 14 to 37. Not much, mind you – average 5-6 cigarettes a day. But of course I did, everybody did. Smoking was the cool, the elegant, the sophisticated thing to do. All the movie stars did it, as you can see in the old 40’s and 50’s movies on TV reruns. Somewhere I have an old photo of me, age 19 and long hair flowing, having my cigarette lit by my then boyfriend. We thought we were ready for Hollywood.

When I started smoking, my father said to me, it’s OK if you smoke, just know that it is not healthy, so keep it down. He’d had to quit because of a heart condition. I would smoke at the dinner table, and he loved the smell. We didn’t know, or think, about second hand smoke.

When I got to my mid thirties, and was already deep into healthy eating at a time when hardly anyone else was, general knowledge that smoking was not healthy had permeated the mainstream, regardless of what the tobacco companies were saying. I was getting tired of people saying to me “YOU smoke???” and me saying “Nobody’s perfect!” Which I thought was a great line. However, it was quickly losing its luster, and I thought the time had come to drop the habit.

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Bali Kite Flying Ban to be Expanded by the Government


Bali kite flying have proven to be a dangerous situation for  flyers on the island. Falling kites have led to a number of blackouts, followed by the recent Kite Festival resulted in the death of a child. As a result the current bylaws are being revised to expand the “no-kite zone” to include high voltage networks, and to cover power plants.

According to spokesperson Ketut Teneng the current bylaw is inadequate. It was initially put into play to protect an important Bali tradition that brings Bali locals together before harvest. More than 1200 kites of different sizes participate in the three day festival this year. Tragically an 8 year old boy was killed when a giant size kite fell and fatally wounded him. This was the 34th year of the kite festivities.

“So far, the ban on Bali kite flying has been focused on areas near Ngurah Rai Airport. We plan to extend the coverage to other vital public facilities,” Teneng said.

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