Right – got a bit of a problem. I have a cousin who is 18 and has been smoking since she was 15. She does smoke round a pack a day and I am preparing an educational document with the effects of the smoking and some youtube clips. Her argument is that she has done her research and as long as she quits by the age of 35 her risks are the same as a non-smoker by 50, which is when most smokers start to develop diseases. I have also seen this plastered all over the net and really find it difficult to believe.
I can’t believe a heavy smoker can smoke till 35 and by the age of 50 have the same risks as a non-smoker. I need a definitive argument against that. Can anyone help me with some links? My current argument is well what if you don’t live up to 30, but need something more concrete, to try and scare her to quit NOW.