(VIDEO added upon request) Dear Editor: Not long ago, a family friend passed away after battling lung cancer. We watched as he died a slow and painful death, at the age of approximately 45. He was a smoker for many years. But the ones suffering today are his wife and children. I said to myself, what can I do to prevent this from happening to others and so I tried starting an anti-smoking campaign, which some may have seen on flyers, but on the most part never took off. I have one question. Why are Yeshivahs not banning smoking? Is it because they cannot enforce it? Why should children (yes, I say children because I’ve seen 14-15 year olds smoking behind their school building) be allowed to smoke near theirYeshivah? If they want to kill themselves while feeling and looking ‘cool’, that’s one issue, but why should they be allowed to do so while on Yeshivah grounds, influencing other students?
I passed by the Yeshivah on (moderated) Street the other day, and saw a group of about 8-10 boys standing and smoking outside. I thought to myself ‘poor kids and poor parents’. (I just hope and pray that my teenager isn’t doing the same in Israel).
I hope that some school administrators and principals would read this and do something about this, so that we don’t have to watch any others suffer the painful deaths some smokers suffer.
Just a mother.
Editor’s note: After reading the above post, a reader suggested that we re-post a video originally posted a while ago on TLS. Please note, the video contains graphic images.