‘I have smoked at least 166,000 cigarettes in 22 years,’ – Terrence Creative

Comedian and Radio Jambo presenter Lawrence Macharia alias Terence Creative has opened up about his past life in the streets and fighting a smoking addiction.

“I am the lastborn of three brothers. Our mum died when I was nine years,” Terence told Word Is on Thursday.

“We grew under my grandmother’s house that was too small to accommodate by brothers plus my uncles. At times I thought I could walk out and go look for food. That is when I became a street kid for seven years.”

The same year his mother died, Terence started smoking. The presenter estimates that he has smoked at least 166,000 cigarettes in 22 years.

“One year ago I was a smoke slave. I couldn’t function without smoke, I kept it to my mind that I needed to smoke to be more creative. Later on I realised it was just a myth. I prayed to God and said to myself I will quit. I prayed and told God to free me ’cause I’m his child, and he did,” he said.

Apart from smoking, Terence turned to crime in Mathare to make ends meet.

“Life was not easy in the street. I became a drug peddler, that is how I made my money. I even used to fake disability and pretend to be a disabled child just to get money. I mean, life there was not a joke. It was so tough,” he said.

“I sold scrap metals as well and I became a thug. I would snatch bags from people, side mirrors za gari za watu. But all this was out of frustrations in life and lacking hope because I didn’t see me becoming anyone in the society.”

The comedian’s addiction was so bad that people paid him using cigarettes.

“Smoking cost me a lot, loss of dignity, loss of jobs. I remember some of my ‘friends’ who wanted me to offer my creative services used to say, ‘Hhuyu usimpee pesa, bora uende na fegi atakuskiza.’ That’s how low I could stoop, and as an addict, you put smoke ahead of you.”

Macharia thanks Muli’s Children’s Home for rescuing him from the streets and giving him an opportunity to go to school.

“Mr Muli took me to his children’s home and that is where I reformed from using hard drugs after I was taken to rehabilitation for two years,” he said.

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Murang’a County To Enforce Smoking Ban

Murang’a county government has warned smokers to ensure they do not smoke in public places or face jail terms.

The county executive in charge of public health Joseph Mbai has said most locals disregard the the Tobacco Control Act that prohibits smoking in public places.

Mbai said this has in turn placed the lives of thousands of locals who are not smokers at risk.

He noted that after January 9, everybody who will be found smoking in local towns will be apprehended and prosecuted.

“We will strictly enforce the ban according to the law to safeguard the lives our people because we have realized smoking has become rampant in public places,” he said.

Mbai noted that the action has been prompted by an outcry by members of the public concerning public smoking.

He said the delayed enforcement of the Tobacco Act was caused by transition of the role from the national government to the county governments.

“The Act is meant to be implemented by county governments but now that we have laid all the ground work, we are now swinging into action,” he said.

Mbai noted that there is a sharp increase in cases of cancer, hypertension, asthma and other diseases that are attributed to smoking.

Bars, hotels and offices, he said, will be targeted first as they are most affected to crackdown on the offenders.

-ALICE WAITHERA

 

Eating Apples, Tomatoes Daily Repairs Damage Caused By Smoking – Study

Eating three apples a day slows down the natural aging of the lungs and repairs damage caused by smoking, a study concludes.

Researchers found the same life-extending benefits are achieved from consuming two tomatoes each day.

However, the protective effects stems only from fresh varieties – meaning canned or processed tomatoes and apples don’t work.

Natural decline in lung function over 10 years was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health scientists concluded the benefits are derived from two tomatoes or three fruits each day.

They suggested apples were the fruit that packed the strongest punch due to its abundance of chemicals that are good for the lungs.

The findings offer hope of a way for smokers to avoid developing the incurable chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

What is COPD? 

COPD is the umbrella term for diseases from emphysema to acute bronchitis which can cause wheezing and breathlessness.

Figures suggest around 1.2 million Britons and more than 11 million Americans are living with the potentially fatal COPD.

Lead author Dr Vanessa Garcia-Larsen said: ‘This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking.

“It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural aging process even if you have never smoked.

“The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases such as COPD.”

-Dailymail

80% Of Shisha Smoked In Kenya Is laced With Cocaine

80% of shisha smoked in the country is laced with cocaine and other narcotics.

NACADA’s John Mututho says they sampled 300 shisha brands and found significant traces of cocaine. He says vendors deliberately lace the product to hook customers and make more sales.

Meanwhile, women living with husbands who smoke have a higher mortality rate compared to their counterparts with non-smoking husbands, as they’re more exposed to secondhand smoke. 

Joseph Kibachio from the non-communicable diseases division adds that for every shilling the government receives as revenue from the tobacco industry, we use 3 shillings for medical expenses for the effects of smoking.

 

AUDIO: Shabiki Sugu – Arsenal Fan Angeline

A diehard Arsenal fan. | image source: dailymail.co.uk

Radio Jambo presenters Toldo Kurya and Diamond Okusimba have a segment in their Sports Wrap show titled Shabiki Sugu in which they test fans on how well they know their favourite teams.

The following clip is of the presenters testing how well Arsenal diehard Angeline knows her favourite team.