Stopping smoking is one of the best choices any one of us might make in our short life.
There are some folk who will say ... well I donít want to live forever and if I live a long life it will be miserable because I wonít be well. Others will say that their father smoked till he was 105 and it did not do him any harm. And so the reasons for continuing to smoke would easily add up to a long list.
Yes, there are folk who smoke and live into their nineties. A good example of that was Sir Winston Churchill. Becoming ill or dying early may well be due to genetics as well as lifestyle.
Perhaps it would be useful if the process could be likened to a one armed bandit. You put the money in, pull the arm and wait for something over which you have no control to happen or not happen.
Smoking is like that. Regardless of our genetic make-up, when we light up we pull the arm ... perhaps nothing will happen .. perhaps something short of a fatal illness will happen or perhaps we will have a stroke or heart attack or suffer one of the other illnesses.
But let us look on the bright side. Maybe we could be spared all of that. Yes, we will never be able to outrun a non-smoker 10 years older than us but so what? So let us look at the cost in money.
Cigarettes are expensive. If we did not smoke and placed the money every day in a box instead, after just five years we would have enough money to buy ourselves a brand new motor car or a speedboat or help our children with the deposit on their first house.or a hundred other things.