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Giving up smoking makes you live longer

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Giving up smoking makes you live longer

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Re: Giving up smoking makes you live longer

I will give up when I reach 85 then. I dont know why people moan about giving up smoking its easy I have done it loads of times
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My late Dad died of a smoking related problem, he put a lit cigarette in his mouth once the wrong way round, and burnt his lip, ignoring pleas from my mother to get it treated, the resulting abscess turned septic, and turned to septicemia of the blood and killed him. Dad used to smoke 20 woodbines a day from the age of 10 (I'm told) and continued as a WW2 POW smoking Red-Cross parcel Weights, returning to Woodbines on repatriation, the ensuing autopsy found his lungs were as clear as a bell.
Personally I gave up smoking 34 years ago. When I had to have a huge spine operation 8 years ago, the anesthetist, showed concern that I had ever smoked, and was not really impressed that I had given it up 24 years earlier.
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My father was a heavy smoker with chronic bronchitis [put me off smoking for life!] but had to give up at 85 after a bad bout of pneumonia.  He died aged 87 after stroke and pneumonia again. 
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After the terminal diagnosis, Dad wasn't encouraged by the medical staff to give it up, or even reduce his smoking at all, indeed, he was allowed (tolerated really) to smoke within the hospital area, there seemed little point in removing one of his few remaining "pleasures" This was at a time when the dangers of smoking were not appreciated as much as they are now.
Which brings me neatly to one of  my other questions about smoking (and I'm the worst kind of belligerent non-smoker...an ex-smoker) In this day and age, with all the medical and scientific studies laying out the dangers of smoking to the most informed "audience" ever. Why is smoking on the increase? especially amongst the young girls, surely can't be the look of supposed sophistication that used to be associated it, surely we've got past that stage now!! 
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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I too cannot understand why young people still continue to take up smoking.  I think if they had lived with someone like my Dad who to put it bluntly coughed and coughed with a horrible racking noise and then had sputum to get rid of [which made you feel sick] after every cigarette then they would not fancy it it so much! I found it so disgusting and would constantly moan at him when I was in my teens but that did not stop him but it stopped me!
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And, there is the tax angle to consider of course, governments of any colour can bluster all they want, but they don't really want smoking stopped. It brings in an awfully big slice to the exchequer. In the meantime British and American tobacco go off pushing their products to "less well informed" third world countries.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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I would like to see television improved to the point of "smelly vision".  I think it was tried in cinemas but couldn`t quite get the changeover from one background smell to the next, to coincide with the film.
The reason?  well, when you see a really attractive young lady, all dressed up to "do the town" and then you see her puffing away on a cigarette.  Imagine the smell on her clothes, and her breath....like an old well used ashtray, then suddenly she isn`t that attractive any more..... (O.K. guys, the same applies to men !)
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Many smokers are surprised, upon being informed that they smell. The crud in their nose and mouth dulls both taste and smell.  Crazy
James
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Heh - I'm not so sure that's really a surprise to them.
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Today, in The Netherlands, smoking in public has been banned (apart from pure cannabis, in specialist cafes).
On this evening's 'PM' program on Radio 4, a Dutch doctor, a lung specialist, gave an interview, in cut-glass, British English tones,  supporting the tobacco ban. She studiously avoided the term 'smoker' (for which there is a perfectly suitable term in Dutch), denouncing them instead as 'nicotine abusers'.  Lips are sealed
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Re: Giving up smoking makes you live longer

Sounds like she is an ex-smoker.