They should visit my Father-in-law who is early 70's. He's entering what the doctors expect to be the final stages of respiratory disease, due to a lifetime of smoking.
He's never been fat but now he's like a skeleton. Today he is having a hospital bed delivered for the lounge and some of their furniture is going off for storage, he's been on permanent oxygen for the last couple of years and has a syringe driver ready for morphine delivery.
As I understand it the morphine will probably be what kills him as they up the dose, but that is preferable to the final effects of the disease.
In the last couple of weeks he has planned his funeral and is waiting for quotes for the buffet from the local rugby club.
His wife has is in denial and none of us know how she will take it when it happens but my wife is coping as well as can be expected, she is just getting on with it.
Whether its a matter of days, weeks or months nobody knows but the end is neigh.
So remember when that craving hits, nobody ever died from a nicotine craving. Quitting is serious and we are doing it for sound reasons, the sooner we succeed the more chance we have dodged the bullet.