Smoking Quotes In Letting Go By David Sedaris

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In the essay “Letting Go” David Sedaris, writes about his involvements with smoking. Throughout the essay Sedaris expresses his views and experiences with the teairble habit of smoking. Sedaris grew up in the 1960s and 70s when smoking was a common thing to do, so much so that grade school students in his native North Carolina would have field trips to tobacco factories where they were given packs of cigarettes to give to their parents. Sedaris describes views about smoking that changed throughout his lifetime. At one stage in his life he was against smoking and was even bothered by the smell of cigarettes. Then Sedaris himself in a different stage of his life became a smoker. Sedaris’s own mother had health problems due to her smoking habit,…show more content…
Sedaris changed from a non- smoker to a frequent smoker. In one incident, Sedaris used a cigarette to seem tough when he was faced with an individual who he described to be prison like. Sedaris reacted to this incident with, “I might have simply covered, but now I put a cigarette in my mouth [...] This man was going to rob me [...] but no, ‘give me one of those [cigarettes]’ he said” (2) .Sedaris uses this experience to show a sense that in society one looks tough while smoking, and that they won 't get bothered when they have a cigarette in their mouth. This also shows there is a bond between smokers. This perceived bond between a man who looked like a criminal and a man who puts a cigarette in his mouth made Sedaris feel tough about himself. Even though Sedaris may not admit that, he is an addict smoker, smoking controlled him, as when he states, “When New York banned smoking in the workplace I quit working. When banned in restaurants I stop eating out” (3). Sedaris here is not just a smoker, but a smoker who is so controlled by smoking that he puts smoking over his job and even eating. This definitely shows the negative effect that smoking has had over

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