Right... I was going to refrain from posting 'ere given the controversy but I'm definitely anti-smoking.
1. <5% people quit just because their Doctor tells them to do so. But the fact that a small proportion do make it all worthwhile.
2. If you are not willing to give up smoking, there's no way you will succeed. You have got to WANT to.
3. Apart from the fact lung cancer is horrible and almost certain to kill you if it get it, eventually it is the disabling effects of smoking which are more commonplace, and significant. Every year you smoke decreases your lung function - i.e. your lungs 'age' or deteriorate much faster than they should. Stopping smoking does not reverse this damage - it only means your lungs start deteriorating at the same rate as somebody who is a non-smoker. The damage that has been done already - is permanent.
It is the disabilities that result from smoking that are important.
The number of elderly patients with decades of pack-years (no. of 25x cigarette packs day x no. of years smoked) who may require portable oxygen and can barely move, shower, get out of bed, prepare their meals or do ANYTHING without feeling short of breath (akin to being really unfit and having just done a killer aerobics session) is horrendous. Given their condition was preventable. Their disabilities affect them. They regret it. To be fair, there's a wide-range of severity but keep smoking and the eventuality that this will affect you becomes all the more likely. And these people are a massive burden to all those around them. And they cost the health system a lot of money.
4. Smoking is associated with an increased risk of almost every other disease you can name. You're more likely to die of other causes. Period.
5. If you're diabetic AND smoke - expect to have your legs cut off before you die. Poor circulation due to peripheral vascular disease and smoking is not nice.
6. There are obvious social implications from smoking and most people don't think it's cool. Smoking is now banned from my State casino and some clubs/pubs/shopping centres. We no longer have to dryclean our suit everytime we visit the casino to get rid of the tobacco smell
We can debate statistics but the truth is, what people have been writing above could happen to YOU if you smoke. And being preventable, it's not a gamble I'd take.
Here's a statistic I heard a Doctor once tell a patient: Did you know that if you stopped smoking, you'd be able to afford a trip to Bali every 6 months?!? Say you smoke a packet/day. That's A$70 a week. A$280 a month. A$1680 in 6 months. Umm... US$1000 can buy you a lot of things. Like almost any PocketPC on the market.
Okay that's enough of the scare campaign. It's just that all the ad's in Australia have been of people dying, destroying their lungs or operated on. Or doing other stupid things. Why start in the first place? But if you decide to quit, all the best! Congratulations. Yay!
For a laugh, does anybody else know someone else who doesn't smoke who tried nicotine patches for exam revision and got addicted to them? :roll:
And a packet of cigarettes (25) in Australia costs A$10. that'd be US$7
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