When I was a kid I read a book where the kids switched out their dad’s cigarettes for rolled up pieces of paper. John Mellencamp’s son is doing the 2009 version.
Speck Mellencamp, the thirteen-year-old who sometimes plays on stage with John “no longer Cougar” Mellencamp, has started a Facebook page specifically to get his dad to quit his smoking.
If he gets one million people to follow, Speck says dad will quit – just like that. For a guy who’s reportedly had a four-pack a day habit, that’s a pretty big deal.
Then again, a guy with a four-pack a day habit and a thirteen-year-old needs to do something if he wants to be around when said kid grows up.
The group has some twenty four thousand members so far, many of whom have gotten involved in lively discussions on the page with suggestions on how to kick the habit (they swear by Chantix and even offer to quit with him).
My dad was cranky enough when I tried the paper trick when I was a kid. I can’t imagine what he’d have done if Facebook had been around and I’d gone public with my plight. Not that twenty-four thousand people would sign up to get a contractor from upstate New York off cigarettes – so it’s a good thing he quit when I was a teenager, huh?
Have your kids tried anything big to get the smokers in their lives to say bye bye to the butts? If they’re old enough for Facebook, have them help Speck out, leave John sucking on chili dogs from now on (anyone else always found those lyrics a little dirty?).
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