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8 ▲ A “smoker’s alley” in downtown Gwangju. If you want to smoke, get used to hanging out in dirty alleys around people who spit all over the ground. Gross. Nobody in their right mind would dispute that cigarettes (and nicotine) lead to dependence. So, it follows that the more an individual smokes, the less of a “choice” it is and the more of a compulsion it becomes. This does not happen overnight, but it is this pernicious characteristic of smoking that makes it so dangerous. As well, just because you have the “right” to do something does not imply that you should. You can go buy a dozen donuts and stuff them in your face, but that is probably not a good thing to do. BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS If you make the good decision to give up smoking, the bad news is that the desire to smoke will never fully go away. I get an occasional desire to smoke, and this is ten- plus years after my last cig. The good news is that as time goes on, these desires become increasingly fleeting and your ability to resist the urge will grow stronger, much 2 like a muscle that grows with resistance. 2 To be free from the need to hack butts to get a nic-fix is y 20a wonderful thing. If you want to quit, you can definitely do it if you keep focused on the why. And if you need some extra motivation, just look at all the no-smoking ebruarsigns around the city: The writing is on the wall. F Photographs by William Urbanski. The Author William Urbanski is the managing editor of the Gwangju News. He used to hack butts but has been smoke free for over ten years. @will_il_gatto 202202.indd 8202202.indd 8 2022-01-24  1:25:122022-01-24  1:25:12

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