Endeavour

It may seem a strange title unless you've been watching on ITV on Sunday nights - Endeavour, the magnificent (IMHO) prequel to 'Morse', set in the mid sixties.

So what has this got to do with 'help to stop'?:confused:

Well if you've not seen it, just watch it on ITV player. A stark reminder of how far we've moved on in the last fifty years (and particularly in the last five since the smoking ban). Smoking was absolutely everywhere - in every office, every pub, every cinema, every bus... thank God for the smoking ban!

If you're old enough (and most of us are), just cast your mind back to those days (yes, it really was like that:eek:) and think how much harder your quit would be if smoking was in your face around every corner. The majority of the population were smokers... your friends, family, co-workers. How much harder to quit then, to be seen as the 'odd man out' by quitting, rather than the 'odd man out' by smoking?

I remember the smoking ban coming in and thinking 'Effing Brussels meddlers infringing our civil liberties':rolleyes: - typical addict reasoning :p. Now I've 'seen the light', all I can say is, just one look at a 'period drama' set in the sixties or seventies will have you thanking your lucky stars that you're living your life now and not forty years ago!

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  • Scott and Bailey's not much better - couldn't watch that for a while!!

    But yes I know what you mean - it must have been nearly impossible to give up when *everyone* smoked :eek:

  • I wholeheartedly agree with you Egg, however think about the poor people who didn't smoke but were subjected to ours whether they liked it or not!!! Makes me feel very selfish now! It's one thing to harm your own health but not very fair inflicting the same on others ..... :(

  • I haven't seen the programme but I know what you mean :o Even as a smoker I was really happy when the smoking ban came in. It would have been so much harder to make that leap into "non-smokersville" if people were still allowed to spark up indoors. It has helped me massively and, like you said, it's the smokers that are becoming more anti-social now. :)

  • I wholeheartedly agree with you Egg, however think about the poor people who didn't smoke but were subjected to ours whether they liked it or not!!! Makes me feel very selfish now! It's one thing to harm your own health but not very fair inflicting the same on others ..... :(

    Used to feel pleased with myself 'cos I almost never smoked indoors (except smokers' houses and pubs pre-ban) but now having smelled it in the street I realise people weren't being moany-whingers and it really did stink :/

    Sorry!!

  • What a great program, but like you I find it amazing to watch so many actors puffing away on their cigs, have to have a shower after watching it :eek: their are quite a few of the older films that also have them smoking like chimneys, I watched Sherlock Holmes the other night and you couldnt see Dr watson for the pipe smoke.

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