Why Freedom Doesn't Do BirthdaysWhy would any forum whose focus is devoted to nicotine dependency recovery be opposed to its over 3,000 members each starting a new thread to celebrate their birthday, a wedding anniversary, a divorce, a new job, our pet's birthday or the birth of child or grandchild?Imagine being a 25 year heavy smoker who started young and that unknown to you, you are now less than 48 hours away from a massive heart attack that would add your name to the list of over four million claimed by smoking this year. Imagine somehow being able to sense that time was running, hearing about an online forum called Freedom and deciding to take a look.Imagine arriving and clicking upon the top thread and stepping into the middle of a birthday party. Imagine scrolling to the bottom of the party, clicking on the "Next Discussion" link and arriving inside a 30th wedding anniversary celebration. Imagine clicking "Next Discussion" once more and landing in the middle of a job hunt discussion. Three tries, three strikes as you find no help or insight into how to help save your own life. Imagine growing discouraged, turning off your computer and two days later being found dead on the bathroom floor with a half-ash burned cigarette lying on the tile beside you.Freedom's subject matter posting rules are designed to keep the focus on recovery. This forum exists so that each member might enjoy thousands of extra days of life and scores of wonderful celebrations. But if we each bring those celebrations here then the effectiveness of the very tool that is helping enhance the prospect of years of additional celebration will soon be lost.Why would any of us intentionally attempt to diminish this forum's appeal to those desperate to break nicotine's grip upon their mind, health and life? Why would any among us intentionally try to dilute the life-saving message being shared? I don't think we would. What happens is that a growing sense of comfort makes it easy to forget the early challenge and just how deadly serious this battle is.We beg each of you to resist that natural inclination to want to celebrate life's other milestones in a place reserved for nicotine dependency recovery. Sincere thanks. Only one rule, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff!