You will see a gory photo below of my office colleague.
I have complained many times in blogs that all but 2 males in our factory are cigarette smokers. They are really chain smokers to be precise! My bosses and managers smoke heavily in their rooms everyday including the very old Datin who rarely comes to visit, often clad in tight shortest mini skirt and parade in her 5 inch heels from Paris. She often made heads turn with her cigarette in hand and some often mistook her for being an old prostitute.
The 99.9% male colleagues smoke inside the toilets, meeting rooms and lobby. I was an ex smoker myself and a party animal who went clubbing almost nightly, drinking till wee hours! I even participated in the Beer's Yard Drinking Contest. Ahem! So I am a veteran ex smoker who knows all the pleasures of nicotine habits.
My shirt smells everyday and I have kindly advised my colleagues to cut down or quit this unhealthy habits before too late. All fallen to deaf ears!
My mouth could be fiery like curries when provoked at times and that made me the best trouble shooter in all our company's divisions. One day my next table's buddy, Steven Lim chided me for taking leaves often for overseas trips while he could ill afford to travel even to Penang with his family. His 2 young sons hated him as they could not even visit Singapore's Universal Studios. I told him to do the Maths for his smoking habits.
3 packets X RM10 per pack X 30 days = RM900 per month
RM900 X 12 months = RM10,800 per year!
Steven jumped from his seat with utter shock. It never crossed his mind to calculate per year! He could easily bring his family of 4 to visit Singapore or even Hong Kong!
Now disaster has finally struck another colleague instead in the Production Department. He went on medical leave for 3 months after smoking for 32 years! He showed me the photo of his neck!
It was taken in December 2013 and the rotten flesh has healed by 50% but not the internal cells.
Now he has quit smoking and eats only home cooked meals of plain rice with steamed white fish or plain chicken meat without any sauces or salt. He was shy when I saw him eating his lunch in a corner and smiled sheepishly.
Everyone at work is least bothered by this colleague's suffering.
....Life & Smoking still goes on......