How to Help Put An End to Smoking

Smoking is a very personal issue for me. My grandmother, easily the most kind-hearted woman I’ve ever met, lost her life several decades too early as a result of lung cancer, thanks to second-hand smoke. It was at that time, when I was still very young, that I decided I would do what I could to protect those around me from smoke.

Like many, I grew up around a number of smokers. My mom smoked while I was young but made the right decision to stop after she saw how it was affecting me and my brother. She was also smart enough to smoke outside, or at least primarily so, unlike the situation many children are trapped in. This is where my fury kicks in.

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Jack Layton – Cancer Takes Another Hero –Trustache


Many people are growing a “trustache” to honour Jack Layton.

By now I am sure you have heard that Jack Layton passed away on Monday August 22nd. It is a tragedy and most people can agree – regardless of political affiliation – that Jack was a great man. Maybe you didn’t agree with all his policies but he was certainly a man to trust, one who truly cares about Canada and its citizens.

That being said, there are 2 major ideas that we can take away from Jack:

1. We as Canadians need to be united

– Regardless of political affiliations, we are all Canadians, we have a beautiful country and we need to protect it

2. To cite a controversial campaign – F*ck Cancer!

– Cancer is one of the most prolific, deadly, incurable diseases of our time. It has taken many loved ones and chances are you have been or know someone who has been devastated by it. I hope we continue to support cancer research as aggressively as we have in the past to eventually do away with this disease that takes so much away from our world I leave you with Jack Layton’s now famous quote from his letter to Canadians:

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. All my very best, Jack Layton”