I have lost count of the times that when I have been suffering from coughing and breathlessness, I get asked " did you smoke" the answer may be yes , but I stopped 40years ago. People forget that lung problems may be caused by genetics or other environmental conditions.
They may be too young or have forgotten that smoking was so widespread that it was practically impossible to avoid inhaling cigarette smoke.
I remember the smoke in cinemas, trains, buses, planes, workplaces and even hospitals.
21years ago when I had pneumonia, some nurses would smoke in the rest room.
It was not until 2007, that smoking was banned in enclosed spaces such as bars, restaurants and pubs in the UK.
My father and grandfather smoked.....soldiers serving overseas in WW1 were given cigarettes.
I am really glad that the dangers of cigarette smoking have been recognised, and the regulations put in place, but I wish we could change attitudes towards people suffering with lung conditions.
Blaming is easy