31st May marked one whole month since Sohan Kumar*, a manager at a multi-national company had quit smoking, or tried for the nth time in his life. But atleast for the first time in his life, he has reached the one month mark.
With a cigarette in his hands for the past 11 years, he has never gone more than a few days without a smoke. Infact he would smoke even before he brushed his teeth as well. So, why is he trying so hard to give it up?
Five years after his marriage, and after several unsuccessful attempts and two miscarriages, his wife finally conceived. After completing a full term, a day before the delivery, the baby had given up on life. The reason: Placental abruption, wherein oxygen was denied to the baby, thanks to second hand smoking that his wife has been subject to.
An apology will not bring back the baby they lost, but he is finally making an attempt to regain his life. If you can’t learn from your own lessons, learn from others. After all, not all of us can afford to make mistakes.
You do not have to wait for 2011 to take a pledge. Take one today.