The word champion usually refers to
sport stars or those we deem winners
but this is a story of one dirty champion sinner!

My father’s elderly aunts were intelligent women
well-educated travellers who indulged
in rollies, a pouch of tobacco every two days

Packets of papers and Champion Ready Rub
as a child I was sent to the corner store
to purchase their disgusting drug of choice

They coughed, choked, heaved and spat
dropping tobacco into pots and sink
which totally grossed and cured me

Of ever trying to smoke
it’s a filthy habit, a waste of money,
a serious health hazard

It’s the strongest addiction
for people with such an affliction,
a real lifestyle contradiction

They suffered health complications
so this champion caused real grief
Please don’t let your health and wealth go up in smoke?

Daily Prompt:  Champion – 6.4.17
Here is research which found that one in ten deaths world wide are caused by smoking





  1. As a reformed smoker who wasted tons of money on cigs, I’m the worst judgmental person among current smokers–cannot abide even a whiff of their smoke! But I do have some nicer qualities…. 🙂

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  2. Namaste Calm Kate 🙂

    Good for you for making a healthy life-style choice. Those figures are shocking.

    Add to that the number of alcohol related deaths globally and it makes you wonder why stricter controls are not in place.

    Here in the UK, the law for age-restricted products is: customers attempting to buy age-restricted products are asked to prove their age if in the retailer’s opinion they look under 21 or 25, even though the minimum age to buy alcohol and cigarettes in the UK is 18.

    Some choices in life are not worth making.

    Have an enjoyable afternoon. Namaste 🙂


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  3. My mum told me when I was little/young, that smoking stunts your growth, I was already small, so i figured best i never smoke,. well I grew up to be seven & a half inches taller than my Mum, she was a tall 4′ 9″ !!!

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  4. Right on, Kate!
    I was born with asthma and bad allergies so I have never been able to be around smokers. It always makes me ill. 😦 Dad smoked for years before I was born and then he finally quit. He wanted to be able to give some money to charity and he had no extra money with 8 kids to feed. So he thought he’d give up smoking and give the money he saved on that to charity. Then I came along and he would’ve had to quit anyways. 🙂
    LOVE the green fans photo! 🙂

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      • The asthma got better as I grew up. But all of the asthma docs I’ve met say it will come back on me as I get older. I fight the allergies constantly. The docs say because my immune system is always fighting that I don’t ever get flu or colds. The only time I ever had the a cold or flu was in 1977 after I had a flu shot.

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    • ouch then you still have a long way to go, good luck!
      You wont feel the physical benefits for a good while but you should be feeling the financial ones already 🙂


  5. When I was in college, many of my friends smoked. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t was because I had a very limited budget, and choose to spend my entertainment money on beer and food rather than cigarettes. And now I am so very glad that I never started!!!!

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  6. I love the photo..that’s anahaw leaf, right? A Filipino national symbol (nationa leaf).
    Proud Filipino here..

    Smoking really is an addiction that most find ir hard to let go or give…however they do, when they already feel something is wrong..ahhhh i wonder why they have to wait..

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