phemt saidMy roommate goes to the gym, rides his bike to work, doesn't drink, avoids eating red meat, etc. Overall he is health conscious, but he smokes about a half pack a day. He does smoke "Natural American Spirits" cigarettes because he is concerned about the additives added to regular cigarettes. Does anyone else know of people who are otherwise health conscious, but smoke?
While your buddy does do some healthful things, there is no plan for overall good health that includes smoking.
Smoking is incredibility dangerous. It's poison gas. There is no way to justify self-poisoning.
I put my mom in the grave May 29, 2009 from COPD (emphysema from smoking). She had quit in 1982, with the exception of a few sneaked cigs up through 1995. She spent the last 1.75 years of her life tethered to an oxygen machine. Fortunately, she was spared the fate of all of her friends: lung cancer. When her hemoglobin went to 40 and she began to suffer from hypoxia, the morphine was turned up in respect of her DNR order. Her lungs were incapable of supporting her, even on a ventilator. She chose her time, and her sister was by her side when it happened.
Smoking stinks. Any which way you cut it. Behind obesity, it's the single biggest cause of premature death. It makes you sick twice as much from work, and 10 times more likely to suffer a disease costing over 100K to treat, not to be mention putting you in a coffin before your time.
People with HIV are sick. They have a chronic illness. People who are fat are sick. Their body is not healthy. People who smoke are sick, and making themselves sicker, and even sicken the people around them. They are beyond disgusting.
Many folks have forgotten what it is to be healthy and alive.
Smoking kills. Period. Ever read the components in the smoke?
I wouldn't wish the way my mom, or her friends, died, on my worst enemy.
She suffocated to death because she and destroyed her lungs through smoking.
I did the same thing (buried early) my friend Dave, from Phoenix. He died at 49 from smoking. To me, that's way before his time.
You wouldn't kill your domesticated pet. You shouldn't do that to yourself.
If you haven't, I encourage you to visit a hospital oncology ward some time. Oncology wards are horrible places. After doing that, see if you can smoke, or even want to be around someone who does. I don't allow them near me.