Archive for October 14th, 2008

The Benefit of Smoking…. or Is There?

October 14, 2008
Actually none except ill health. But no, I found the intriguing editorial from the Archives of Internal Medicine that made me believe that probably there is a hidden reason why smokers just refuse to quit…
 Cigarette smoking remains a persistent and difficult public health problem. Approximately 1 in 5 adults continues to smoke, and annual long-term successful abstinence rates run around 2% to 3%. Most smokers are aware that smoking poses risks to their health, and approximately 60% to 70% of smokers report having been counseled by their physicians to quit smoking.


Clearly… education regarding smoking cessation has failed to fully take effect as abstinence form addiction to smoking remains nil.  Every smoker knows it is not healthy to smoke nor is it healthy for members of the family to inhale their smoke but still the practice of smoking continues to be very prevalent.

And I agree fully with the editor when he titled his editorial to fully state what we as medical practitioners believe is the true essence why smokers refuse to quit…. is that they want to:

Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Good-looking Corpse!