Just one time he thought.
It was more.
It was again and again.
He couldn't stop.
He grew older and more dependent.
Ate away at his insides.
Gave him shortness of breath.
Gave him a rough hacking cough.
He became so ill he couldn't breath
on his own.
Put him in the hospital.
put a tube in his throat.
Then they took him off the machines.
His heart stopped and he passed.
cried for him.
Smoking doesn't just hurt the smoker.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.