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If 5% of all cancers are attributable to smoking is it not therefore a good idea to refrain from the practice? This, of course, is up to the individual and I would not deny anyone their free choice.
The argument about who is to pay for any treatment is not likely to be settled conclusively. Those who have contributed to the NHS feel they are entitled to it because of their treble payments into the system. Normal taxation, National Insurance and duty upon tobacco.
Taking the opposite view, if someone contracts lung cancer because of their habit, which is potentially dangerous to themselves and others and liable to bring about this ailment, then why should they not pay extra? I am not advocating this but pointing out that it is a logical argument.
For the record I used to smoke but not heavily compared to some. When I finally packed in about thirty years ago I tried to work out how many fags I had smoked per day whilst smoking.
Taking into account the times I had stopped, the lengths of time not smoking, the average number per day when I was indulging it worked out at about three per day. I cannot be bothered to work out the new figure thirty years on.
I still wonder if some day it may catch up with me for I have read that, whether or not one has stopped smoking, the residual effects can surface many years later.
This argument like many more will rumble on until either the Government bans the import of tobacco or everyone voluntarily packs in smoking. The biggest problem is that whilst one is doing it then it is a pleasurable habit.
It is only when one has stopped for a while, then one evening whilst out in company accepts a cigarette from a ’friend’ that one realises that one has better things to do than poisoning oneself with such a foul tasting, smelly, anti-social habit.
Even so if someone came to my house as a guest and asked could they smoke in it I would find it almost impossible to deny them their request.
Truly, it is an emotive subject.
Last edited by Terry Carey
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