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At one time smoking cigarettes was very popular.  Many of the ads on the old time radio shows had doctors claiming it was healthy.  Of course, today in many countries it is now limited.  In the old TV shows the actors were constantly lighting up.  I would have to say it was a miracle that they did not always die of cancer.  Back then, though, the chemicals were not as prevalent as time went on. In many countries, except the United States, you are allowed to smoke indoors including restaurants.  In Las Vegas there are smoking and nonsmoking areas in the casinos now.  In an episode of “The Brady Bunch” Greg was caught smoking.  His parents had a fit.  He told them he was just trying to fit in with a band he had just joined but that he didn’t really like it. Of course, he promised to never use any type of tobacco ever again.  The mother, Carol, then decided to join a school parents group to stop smoking.  The organizer of the group stopped by to give Carol a few brochures.  While she was there, Carol reminded Greg to hang up his jacket. As it is a team jacket they all looked alike. Just as he picked up the jacket a package of cigarettes fell out.  The organizer was not very pleasant.  Carol asked Greg about the smokes and he said they were not his.  Carol believed him but the organizer did not and told Carol she should not be involved in the non-smoking group.  Greg told his father who also believed him. Finally, Alice the housekeeper figured it out.  Greg had picked up another band member’s jacket. Greg had ripped his jacket lining and she had sewn it.  The next day a band member came over to switch jackets with Greg as he found a paper with his name on it inside one of the pockets.  Greg refused to let him leave until he told his parents.  Then his mother walked in and what a surprise she was the organizer of the group and discovered it was her son smoking.  I liked the story because Greg told the truth and his parents believed him.  That is not always the case in many parental and child relationships.  How do you feel about cigarettes and smoking? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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