Aquino on smoking: Sorry, but I can’t quit
By Christine O. Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:59:00 05/25/2010
MANILA, Philippines—Presumptive president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III Monday rejected calls to quit smoking, saying his habit would help him deal with the severe pressures of his new position.
Aquino, 50, brushed aside calls from health groups that quitting smoking would set a good example for the country.
“People knew when I ran for president that I smoke,” Aquino said in reply to a nongovernmental organization who had asked him to be its antismoking poster boy.
“So as long as I don’t violate any laws and I don’t disturb anyone [I should be free to smoke]. This is one of my few remaining freedoms,” he said.
Aquino was back in the Senate Monday after three months of campaigning.
The senator, however, promised he would kick the habit—eventually.
“At the appropriate time, I will quit smoking,” he said.
Pressed to reveal why he was not ready to give up smoking just yet, Aquino said his new job would see him facing many “pressures” and by quitting now he would be adding an “unnecessary pressure.”
“It might even affect my decisions,” he said.
Told that giving up the habit would be for his own good, Aquino said he accepted this as true but insisted that “bad stress would be added” if he tried to quit now.
Later, in a chat with the Philippine Daily Inquirer and another reporter, Aquino said he preferred to smoke Marlboro Lights Menthol.
He said that during the critical snap presidential election in 1986, he smoked three packs of cigarettes—the most he had ever consumed in a day.
Smoking is one habit that Aquino shares with Barack Obama, who is still struggling to quit, according to his first medical examination in early March since becoming US President.
Obama, 48, promised his wife Michelle when he ran for president that he would quit. He was then smoking about eight sticks a day. Last year, he told reporters he had quit smoking but still had an occasional cigarette.
Aquino has a wide lead in the unofficial tallies of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Congress is slated to start canvassing the votes for president and vice president this week and intends to proclaim the winners before the second week of June.With a report from Agence France-Presse
How many of you totally saw this one coming? Noynoy made all sorts of promises when he was running, just as he made all sorts of excuses for smoking — and not quitting. When he was campaigning he said he couldn’t quit just yet because of the pressure.
I told myself, yeah, and what made him think he could quit if he did win?
Well our special president-elect has confirmed what many of us knew then. Talk is cheap, dear Ngoyngoy.
Now, our equally dear Philippine Daily Inquirer, also known as the Official Aquino Newsletter, is mustering the gumption to again compare N/A (as Jojo Robles of the Manila Standard Today so aptly put it) to President Obama of the US — who also smokes.
Nah, I don’t think Obama is as special as our Ngoyngoy or even his more special sister Kris.
As a commenter here so justifiably put it, if Noynoy can’t deliver on a promise to quit smoking, what makes us think he can do something even more ambitious. I mean, how can he end corruption?
But true to his warped, delusional form, Noynoy now threatens it might prod him into wrong decisions if he is pressured into quitting cold turkey. Yeah, and I’m Iron Man.
At least Obama is trying to quit, Noynoy. You can’t even commit to trying. What a loser you are.
“At the appropriate time, I will quit smoking,” said the Ngoyngoy.
Sounds like a promise you will make to Hacienda Luisita farmers: “At the appropriate time — which is never — the farmers of Hacienda Luisita will get their land.”
And that’s exactly what this loser we elected is good at — delaying tactics. He commit to do such and such some nebulous time in the future and we are forced to believe him. He commits to grandiose things and we hope he is capable. He commits to not besmirching the Aquino legacy and WE TAKE IT AT FACE VALUE. Kris commits to leaving the country if her brother wins, and we hold her to her word.