Sault Ste Marie ON — As churches try to preach a stay-at-home message, they are calling on people to mark themselves and their families this Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Ian Nelson, a man of strong faith decided to observe this annual tradition but had no idea how many Export A’s he would have to suck back to get enough ashes to do his entire family. By the time he drew the cross on his own forehead, he was already 3 cigarettes in. He immediately regretted having six children when he looked down at the pack in front of him, dizzy as hell and about to vomit. ” I considered just drawing the cross on them with a black marker but do you think I could find a marker that wasn’t permanent?” he told us by phone from his bathroom floor. With such a strong faith, he knew it’s something he had to do so he regrouped and started lighting them up one by one. At one point he even got cocky and accidentally flicked one like the cool guys on TV , wasting a good chunk of fine ash. After about ten more king size darts, he finally had enough but had to get his wife to draw the rest while he laid down for a bit. As of today, he is giving up smoking for Lent. We will continue to follow this story.