Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yet Another Reason Not to Smoke

I quit smoking about 12 years ago. I have not had a single puff of a single cigarette during that time but that does not mean I have not wanted to. Many times, I've walked by someone smoking, inhaled the smoke and thought, "Mmmmmm." To a non smoker that may sound strange but nicotine is the most addictive substance I've every used. (And I've used plenty, believe you me.)

My father quit smoking at the same time as I did but the damage had already been done. Watching him die from emphysema and struggling for each breath definitely removed any residual cravings for cigarettes.

Just in case that craving returns, I now have another reason not to smoke. According to this article, smoking can quicken the progression of MS.


  1. Hey - where did you get that picture of my grandma??!!?? (only slightly kidding)

  2. No surprises there. Smoking speeds death and deterioration in everyone.

  3. I thinking struggling for every breath must be one of the worst things to experience. I find the picture so sad and evidence of that craving you talked about. I have seen people smoking this way.
    May you never have the craving again.

  4. I knew it was time to quit when I was taking chemo, and taking my IV pole out for a smoke! Figured I'd better quit before I needed chemo for something else.