Dear Ann Landers,
I've been reading a lot lately about cigarette smoking and the liability of the tobacco companies and decided to write to you. About 20 years ago, I discovered a foolproof way to stop smoking. I asked a friend who is a physician to write a fictitious note on his prescription pad as follows:
"Dear Mr. C.: The recent X-rays, MRIs and examinations reveal that you have double lobe lung cancer from many years of smoking cigarettes. Regretfully, this diagnosis is terminal. I suggest you get your affairs in order promptly."
I knew this memo could have been for real. I placed it in my billfold where I would see it every day. The next morning, I gave up cigarettes cold turkey. It was the best thing I ever did for myself and my family. Pass it on. -- Cooper City, Fla.
Consider it passed.