Monday, December 31, 2012

FREE Kindle eBook Romancing The Smoke! Today and Tomorrow!
Click on this link to receive your FREE 
Kindle version of Romancing The Smoke!
It is our gift to you for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

To encourage the world to quit smoking, we are offering
the Kindle version of Romancing The Smoke for FREE 
on Amazon through KDP Select on Monday Dec 31 and
Tuesday Jan 1. It is our way to help you to become smoke free!
Pick up a copy for yourself or a loved one.

On Dec 31 and Jan 1, it's on US!

Here's where to find it!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Airports that allow smoking pose health risks"-article by USA Today's Wendy Koch

This article by Wendy Koch of USA Today focuses on the problems
of second hand smoke in airports and the accommodation of the habit.
I sat in one of these things to smoke long ago; it was one of the most
disgusting experiences of my life.

It's a desperate, oxygen deprived world in there....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Madonna evidently hates smoking....

Madonna stormed offstage in Chile yesterday
during a soundcheck when she saw a bunch
of fans smoking while they watched at the
front of the stage. She yelled at them to stop;
and left when they wouldn't put out their cigarettes.
She returned later to do the concert.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Where to find this book....

More and more people are looking to quit smoking
and are turning to Romancing The Smoke for motivation.
The book is available in paperback at the following stores:
Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Tecolote Books, Montecito, CA
Made in Ojai, Ojai, CA
On Amazon: John Aaron's Author Page
John Aaron's Createspace Page (for Paperback)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Romancing Your New Year's Resolution...

To encourage friends who want to become smoke free,
we are again offering a FREE Kindle Fire version
of Romancing The Smoke for our Romancing 
Your New Year's Resolution promotion.
On Dec 31 and Jan 1, the book will available at
no charge to help people find their way out of
Nicotine Canyon. Order it for someone you love..
It is our New Year's Resolution to YOU...

Monday, December 10, 2012

My most powerful anti-smoking affirmation...

Repeat these 7 words out loud to yourself until they're ingrained 
in your mind. This helps derail the urge to smoke. It totally helps...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sniffer Dogs Can Tell if a Person Has Lung Cancer

In Vienna, Austria, studies have shown that
trained sniffer dogs can detect lung cancer
in patients. Another example of dogs performing
an incredibly valuable service to mankind....

Pot is legal in Washington. Now what?

What's a state to do? State vs. Federal.
Some conflicts are a huge waste of time.
Just tax it and give the money to hospitals,
roads and schools. The people have spoken.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My dad was born 97 years ago today...

This is my father, Arthur Aaron, 
at age four, dressed as Little Lord 
Fauntleroy. He was very talented, 
brave and had a good soul. 

He quit smoking when he was 53,
breaking free from a two pack a
day habit and would have been 97
today, but he died of lung cancer
when he was only 56.

He would say, "I've not had 
a cigarette in two years. one 
month and six days...
but who's counting...?"

Hey Pop,  Happy Birthday.
Forty years later, you're still
really missed...

In case you hadn't heard, 
I finally quit. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Admit They Lied...

Evidently the Tobacco Companies have been lying to us
all along about the dangers of could that be?????

Maybe now we can begin to breathe more easily....
This article is from Reuters....

Sunday, December 2, 2012

CU Boulder moves closer to Campus Smoking Ban

The Universitiy of Colorado at Boulder is close to banning
smoking campus-wide...
The State of Colorado has mobilized a welcome anti-smoking
philosophy that other states should embrace... Go Colorado!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Your New Year's Resolution to quit....

Romancing The Smoke can help. We are dedicated to
encouraging the world to give up on cigarettes. This book
appeals to the wisdom that comes with stopping smoking.
YOU can do it. Don't let the Tobacco companies rule your life.
Pick up Romancing The Smoke and breathe a sigh of relief...

It's time to switch...TO FRESH AIR!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In support of the Great American Smoke Out,
we offer the Kindle eBook of Romancing The Smoke
for FREE on Wednesday and Thursday Nov 14-15
to encourage all of our friends to become "unsmokers!"
Breathe a sigh of relief!

Friday, November 9, 2012



Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pick up the Kindle full color version of 
Romancing The Smoke FREE! 
Today begins the Five Day Promotional 
Giveaway on Amazon. 
Please let us know what you think of the book!

A story surfaced two years ago about a smoking baby in Indonesia.
The truth is that child is just one of thousands. Big Tobacco is pushing
to get children hooked on cigarettes in many new markets.

21st century tobacco promotion has just begun.

This link takes you to the real story of how the Tobacco industry
is searching out new markets in Third World countries and China.
This is a must see for those seeking the truth about the ruthless
marketing of nicotine.

Narrated by Christof Putzel

Monday, October 29, 2012

To Order Romancing The Smoke for the Holidays

A UK study finds that women who give up smoking extend their lives by ten years

This TIME Magazine article by Alexandra Sifferlin sites a
study of more than 1.3 million women between the ages of
50-65 showing that quitting cigarettes can almost eliminate
the increased risk of premature death.

Quitting is prevention.

The link below is her story.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nicotine News: San Rafael takes the wind out of smoking

The laws are tightening up in California. San Rafael is the latest
city to enact tougher laws about smoking in domestic situations.
Read the story-

thanks to Vincent and the Rijksmuseum

You can beat the Smoke Demons!!!!

This demon tries to get me to go back to cigarettes. Daily.
It will never win. NEVER. I beat the Smoke Demons!
YOU will too!

Monday, October 8, 2012

A review of the book..." A most unique and effective remedy 
for a nasty affliction, “Romancing The Smoke” utilizes humorous 
and poignant anecdotes, music, and art to disempower nicotine’s 
grip on the addict. Somehow, seemingly without effort, I found 
myself motivated to successfully end a 40-year enslavement.
Mr. Aaron is on to something here. Read the book, see the play-
you may find it works its magic on you, too." 
–Rick Asche, writer

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Kindle version of
Romancing The Smoke is here!

Optimally designed for the Kindle Fire, iPad,
iPhone and other platforms that support the
Kindle Color Reader. On a regular Kindle it is B&W.
Tips: Font-Baskerville; smaller font size shows
book at its best. Buy it today and read it tonight.
The perfect book when you're taking a flight!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It was then I realized she was checking out and she was 
gonna leave. A curious darkness floated past my shoulder 
pushing forward for a better look. I felt what I couldn’t see.

“She’s not ready to go!” I growled, and whatever it was 
receded into the corner by the window. As I prepared to 
head back to the East Bay that night, something held me 
there. Kathe Kollwitz’s image of Death Seizing a Woman 
burned in my brain. He was waiting to envelop her; and, 
like an erased drawing, they would both disappear. Maybe 
if I stayed, if I never left her side, perhaps I had some power 
to alter Destiny. All I had to do was stay awake forever.

I kissed her goodbye. “See you tomorrow. I’m taking requests.”

As I left, the hospital corridor grew longer as I walked. I had 
never felt so mortal. "Sis, I'll be at the Plaza if you need me!"

I wasn’t ready to leave Sonoma. Not yet. I stopped into the 
hotel bar near where she used to live. I sat in the corner and 
played her favorite music again. A young girl walked in and 
laid a garland of flowers around my glass, smiled into my eyes, 
and left. 

Angels everywhere. 

from Chapter 11, Romancing The Smoke

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

If quitting smoking has you feeling like this,
maybe you need to read Romancing The Smoke....

 To order the book: 

An affirmation to say that will 
help one to become an un-smoker

Thursday, July 5, 2012

How To Order Your Copy...

To order the museum quality paperback containing
more than three dozen of the artist's illustrations:

The Slot Machine of Death...

I bought cigarettes for my Uncle from a machine
like this when I was four. I loved the clink clank
the coin made as it descended and the metallic
crunching and spring sounds as I pulled the lever.
A fresh pack of Luckies would appear in the tray.
I was so grown up. I was a drug mule for the adults.
A pack cost 22 cents then. They gave me the change.

A pack of
in New York
City now
costs $11.00.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Celebrate your Independence...

Celebrate your independence from tobacco 
by ordering one of the very first copies of 
Romancing The Smoke: Reflections of a 
Nicotine Addict by John Aaron

It includes a personalized signing when we 

next meet...

Available from on the 

Fourth of July...
Order your copy today by clicking on:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Romancing The Smoke will light you up...

Big thanks to the Ojai Valley News for the 
kind press! I will be reading from the book, 
Romancing The Smoke 6/23  8:30 pm at 
the World University as an author of 
Well Read, part of the Ojai Writers 

The book goes to print this week.
Take a deep breath....

Monday, May 7, 2012

Smoking in Fashion

In the 30's and 40's, the fashionable professional woman had
special gloves to carry her Chesterfield cigarettes.

Back then it was fashionable to smoke like a chimney.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Romancing The Smoke-Story about the Cover Art

A story in Rolling Stone tells of the time that Johnny Depp 
was staying in the basement of Hunter Thompson's place 
in Woody Creek, CO while preparing for his role as the writer 
in the film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 

As the actor pored over the script one night, chain-smoking 
as he worked, he struck a match and noticed, for the first time
 that his nightstand was, in fact, a keg of gunpowder.

Hunter said he always wondered where that powder keg had gone.

Johnny never smoked in the house again.

Watercolor, Mixed media copyright 2011

At The 2nd Annual Ojai WordFest...