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© Regenia Brabham
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UploadedOctober 26, 2011
TakenOctober 26, 2011
ModelCanon EOS 20D
Exposure1/160 sec at f/4.5
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I consider myself an intelligent, clean, and strong willed person...except for this nasty addiction I picked up in a act of rebellion at the age of 14. Now, when I see a teenager smoking, I think they look ridiculous. When I see a woman smoking, I think about how unattractive it is. I hate the way they smell. I worry everytime I get a chest xray. I have tried Chantix, cold turkey, gum, and praying...still, I smoke. I am down to less than a pack a day which is better than the four packs I used to smoke.

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  • Otilia Sonderson

    Otilia Sonderson gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Done all that too with the same results :( Love the picture!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    love the treatment on this photo. Hope you can kick this Regenia. I don't smoke and i can't imagine how hard it would be to try to quit.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Excellent entry, keep trying Regenia !

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Hear! Hear! I admire your determination. This is a PERFECT entry for the theme!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Don't ever stop trying, they do so much harm.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Oct 2011):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    You can do it! And you'll be SO thankful that you did!! A wonderful, very personal shot!!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic entry

  • Griff Johnson

    Griff Johnson gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Well, the photo is epic! Congrats for cutting down 75%!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    Texture here really makes the shot, Regenia. Great entry.

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    i'm with ya' girlfriend!! not fair to make 'em look good!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    One does not know unless they have been there. Been there, done that too. :-(

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (26 Oct 2011):

    A great entry, love the tones and treatment. But TERRIBLE habit! All the best! Your words have inspired me :S

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (27 Oct 2011):

    Keep trying Regenia.......You're a strong willed girl, you can do it. A very personal image.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Oct 2011):

    Dear Regenia I believe that you will overcome one day, Good Luck!!!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (28 Oct 2011):

    Being an ex smoker I know exactly how you feel Regenia! I gave up cold turkey about 6 years ago and wow was I one grumpy old man ☺

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (29 Oct 2011):

    Looks good, no matter how bad it might be. You don't have to smoke. All you need is a strong enough desire to quit and the believe that it's easy.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (30 Oct 2011):

    You can do it!!! I applaud you for keeping on trying to quit and for being down to a fraction of what you used to smoke. My dad quit cold turkey after his brothers began coming down with lung problems and dying from them, one of my brothers quit cold turkey also. A friend had cancer of the bladder and kept getting tumors coming back. They told her that if she would quit smoking the tumors would quit coming so she quit cold turkey and hasn't had a single tumor since. Fortunately, I never smoked beyond trying it and not really liking it. Ed never smoked either So GO GIRL GO, keep on cutting down and then you might just be able to quit!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (31 Oct 2011):

    Never give up! Trying to quit smoking that is -- Keep on taking these awesome shots though!!! Fantastic entry!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Nov 2011):

    A great shot and entry, Regenia! Keep on trying and you will succeed!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    wow, this is so fit for the theme ! congrats, great shot :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 Nov 2011):

    Just keep trying, Regenia...I would love to see you live to be a ripe old age and to be around for your beautiful granddaughter to see her grow her up to adulthood...She is the spitting image of you ...Great shot for the theme and I know you will succeed.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (4 Nov 2011):

    Great shot!!!

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (5 Nov 2011):

    fantastic shot, fantastic story. Don't beat yourself up about this nasty habit. When the time is right, you'll have the strength you need to put them down for good.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (6 Nov 2011):

    Such a striking image. I believe you will find a way to quit. My husband Fred used to smoke three packs a day. He quit cold turkey when he found out I was pregnant with our daughter. That was 38 years ago. He hasn't touched a cig since then.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (6 Nov 2011):

    perfect entry!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2011):

    David quit cold turkey in the midst of a coughing fit, and I stopped after using one box of Nicorette. That was over ten years ago. It's one of the best decisions we ever made (and we had both smoked for over 40 years.) It is true about bladder cancer, as Dave's doctor told him it is the #1 cause of bladder cancer.....using any type of tobacco. I know you can do this!! YOU ARE WOMAN!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Nov 2011):

    "SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSMOKIN'!" entry! (apologies to Jim Carrey)

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (12 Nov 2011):

    fantastic entry the edit......

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (14 Nov 2011):

    You can do this, Reg. Keep chipping away at it. "Inch by inch is a cinch."

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2011):

    Love the photo. On the smoking side, I can't talk. I smoked for 37 years, and what finally made me quit (with the help of the patch) was my daughter and daughter-in-law (both pregnant) saying they wouldn't bring their kids to my house if I still smoked... That was 6 years ago and I don't miss it one bit; I can afford better camera gear now, too ;-)

  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    Wonderful shot! And, yeah - totally get it! When I was 12 I thought smoking would make me 'fit in.' It took me until I was 20 to stop... And I still have one when I'm stressed and my best girlfriend comes over :-/ What helped me was telling my body that, if it's really bad for me, make me hate it. I know, sounds crazy - but it worked! I must admit, it also helped that my husband quit cold turkey at the same time and was a constant support - but my body also started rejecting it. Now more than that one when I am stressed will make me sick. More than 2 in 24 hours will make me puke. I used to sit down and smoke 6-8 of those death sticks in one sitting. I know you can stop if you really want to! And you breath so much easier when you do ;) Again, wonderful shot!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (12 Apr 2012):

    I think there may be a personality type (perhaps Type A with embellishements and a smidge of psychosis on a side plate) that just cannot put them down. It is birthed in rebellion and taken on as one's persona. It is the ultimate 'yeah... make me' behavior. I have spent more than a minute drawing a bead on my foot and firing over the years. All that's left now is a nub and a half.

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