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Quit if you can, try if you can't - Johnny Jackson

One man is a new grandfather, willing to do about any silly thing with his young granddaughters. Occasionally, he wakes up from a nap with a little lip gloss and rouge painted on no particular part of his face. Sometimes he pretends to drink tea, kneeling down to a small orderly table of plastic kitchen ware. He even takes his granddaughters for afternoon joyrides on his riding lawn mower.

In recent years, the grandfather has managed to seamlessly alter his lifestyle to accommodate those miniature versions of himself. Before day breaks, he checks on his sleeping little visitors and walks outside, a slight variation in his normal routine.

A few years ago, he lost his mother to cancer, a sort of wide-spreading cancer. Her death, though, is too graphic to describe tactfully and honestly. His mother was a lifetime smoker, who smoked until she was absolutely not able.

She understandably prided her smoking routine against zealous dissenters who see smoking as unattractive and consider it unhealthy.

At least, the latter is a valid point for this story. And many, smokers and non-smokers, have stories to tell like this; and they understand the challenges that come with breaking could-be nicotine addictions. But if you can, why not?

What's most confounding about the odd debate is why and how smokers ever become smokers. Surely, that debate always ends in digression. Here is no different.

After the new grandfather peaks through the cracked bedroom door to see that beam of light grow across his sleeping granddaughters' faces, he either nervously paces or calmly sits outside his home with cigarette and lighter in hand.

Extreme weather has never mattered to him on those days. During the winter, when he can't tell his breath from cigarette smoke, he wears a coat and hat. During the summer, he just sweats it out.

He only started this a few years ago. His home is fresh and airy now, and guests notice he politely leaves them momentarily sometimes to pull a smoke outside. Although, he has never said so much to why he started this one-man smoke club at his home. Apparently, he enjoys the free makeovers.

There is one man who wants to quit smoking and seems to be trying with good reason. Smokers, don't you want to quit?

Johnny Jackson is the education reporter for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 or at jjackson@news-daily.com .