“I last smoked in 1972.”
“Don’t you have the urges?”
“That’s bullshit. People should stop making up excuses to keep on doing what they enjoy.”
“So you believe cigarettes are not addictive?”
“Of course they are not! Anyone who says so is a liar.”
“What is your advice to people wishing to quit smoking?”
“I would say stop procrastinating. Do it when the time comes.”
Abduh Rahmaan Mohamed is mostly known as ‘Beybe’ or brother by the people of Alifushi Island. Now over the age of 80, he began working in Cargo ships during his early teens. I first met him in ‘Bite’ Café during a visit to Alifushi Island. I went to the café to have breakfast when Beybe came up to me and asked me why I was smoking. He went on to tell me that he last smoked in 1972 and haven’t had the urges since then. He believes that smoking is not addictive and that people should stop making up excuses to continue doing what they enjoy. Beybe haven’t smoked for the past 42 years and his advice for smokers wishing to quit is to stop procrastinating. Having travelled the world, Beybe now lives a happy life in Alifushi Island, owning and managing the ‘Bite’ Café.