Would you believe that smoking saves lives? It does. It really does.

(Never mind that the habit takes a few more than it saves).

The fires on Black Saturday took many people by surprise. As the hottest day on record, many Australians did what you do in such heat: they stayed inside, drew all the curtains, cranked the air conditioning, and went about their day – completely oblivious to the outside world.

And so on this day, that a friend of a friend unwittingly launched a campaign called “Smoking Saves Lives”.

Being a staunch smoker with a wife even more staunchly against having it in the house, our hero stepped out on this hot day for a cigarette. It was then, and only then, that he learned of the unprecedented fire raging towards his home at record speeds.

He had enough time to get inside, get his family, and get out. They lost everything else to the fires.

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