Letter to the Editor

Quit smoking help is available

Declare your freedom from tobacco use this Fourth of July. Addiction to tobacco products keeps thousands of Hoosiers from living a healthier life. The decision to quit using tobacco products may be an obvious one for many, but it can be a difficult journey to take.

That is why it is important for those who are ready to quit to focus on their own reason for quitting. Do you want to help protect your family from secondhand smoke? Do you want to improve your health? Are your concerned about all the money you could be saving instead of buying tobacco products?

There are countless reasons that people choose to help them overcome their tobacco addiction. What will your reason be for quitting?

Our country’s freedom didn’t come easy, and neither will ending your tobacco addiction. Along with the support of loved ones and your health care provider, there is free help available through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. Call 1-800-Quit-Now or visit QuitNowIndiana.com when you’re ready to take the first step toward a tobacco-free life.

You can ALWAYS Reach out to the Clark or Floyd County Tobacco Prevention Coordinators for assistance. Call: Annie Reiss – 812-285-5877; Sabrina Langford – 812-280-6175; Lejla Cosic – 812-288-6451 ext .2112 (Clark County); Tina Hamilton – 812-945-3400 (Floyd County)

— Annie Reiss

Clark County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition

— Tina Hamilton

Floyd County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coordinator

Do you, or don't you, mind?

Let’s have some fun with the English Language. When one says, “Do you mind ... “ or something similar, a possible correct answer would include “No.” or “I do not mind.” However, often, “No” answers are in the affirmative. Here are three examples:

“Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” series, “Metal on Metal.” Lt. Kenda: “Mind if we come in for a minute?” Home occupant: “Of course.” and allows them entrance.

“Buried in the Back Yard” series, “Tangled Web.” Police: “Do you mind if we search your car?” Possible suspect: “Yes.” and hands them his keys.

“Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” series, “The Girl Next Door.” Detective: “Mind if I talk to him?” Nurse: “Of course; follow me.”

Of course, the participants do understand what the responder means but, technically, an affirmative answer would mean the responder does mind and/or does object to the request.

You’ll hear this in audio-visuals, conversations and, maybe, yourself.

— Larry E. Farr