Had my first fag when I was nine 53 years ago. Didn't start smoking regularly though till I went to sea at 15, smoked non stop since then. Been on medication for hypertension for about 27/8 years, they tell me I have Heart disease (Can't see it). Saw my mother and younger sister die with lung cancer (both heavy smokers) any good reasons there? Weren't good enough for me, still smoked.
About six months ago, my friend was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, spent five weeks in Hull Royal Infirmary, had a lump cut out of his tongue and replaced with muscle from his thigh, he's home now but still not well, had his chemo and radium, finished that, but still feeding through his stomach. Couple of weeks after he came home, I noticed a funny white stripe on the side of my tongue, saw the doctor the next day, and after 6 weeks and 2 different treatments he referred me to the hospital.
Chopped a lump off my tongue and stuck 3 stitches in (bloody sore) got the results after 2 weeks and I have a condition caused entirely by smoking, which, if I continue to smoke WILL (not might) turn cancerous. Unlike my other medical conditions (nearly done) I could see what smoking was doing to me, and seeing what my hoppo was going through finally made me grow up and decide to quit. It was a bit spooky really, just after he came out of hospital I told my wife about this vivid dream I had. I had the same illness as my friend but, where he was writing everything down on a note pad after his operation, I had a laptop on my bed, two days after that I found the thing on my tongue. Finished at last. David.