John Mellencamp's Son Creates FaceBook Page to Urge Dad to Quit Smoking
There is no one simple way to quit smoking. Some are able to quit cold turkey. Others try repeatedly using gum, patches, and smoking cessation drugs (Chantix, Zyban, Wellbutrin). John Mellencamp's son Speck has found another way to urge his dad to quit smoking. Speck has formed a Facebook page called "1,000,000 to join, my dad John Mellencamp will quit smoking" in a deal between the two.
It is not unusual for an average smoker to try 8-10 times to quit before being successful. Apparently John Mellencamp has tried before many times, but always starts back after only a couple of weeks. His son Speck is concerned for his dad's health. John Mellencamp has a history of heart disease.
Smoking is linked to at least 10 different cancers (lung, bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, oral and throat cancers, acute myeloid leukemia, cervical, kidney, pancreatic, and stomach), chronic lung diseases (emphysema, asthma), and coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases.
The Facebook page has messages from many who applaud Speck or tell stories of their own relatives struggles. "Several of my relatives died of smoking-related diseases. It's a dirty, disgusting and dangerous habit. Kudos to you for your effort to add more years to your dad's life!"
and "I lost my Dad 11 years ago this coming Saturday to lung cancer. Good luck to you, Speck and to your Dad!"
But there are some who don't agree with Speck's public attempt to get his dad to quit smoking: "Generally don't have any interest in shaming another, so forgive me, but I find it deeply cruel that you are dangling your very life in front of yr son and family, engaging in a challenge that may or may not save your life - depending on the ability of your child to suc...ceed here. Have you intimately watched the painful death of someone you love? This is what those who love you are facing every day... and now you've (metaphorically) put the fate in yr sons hands? Nice."
I hope Speck succeeds. I hope John Mellencamp is one day successful in quitting smoking.