One of the things that stopped me from quitting smoking was the scepticism about how dangerous it really could be.
Some of you might be thinking that I'm a lunatic and that it's obvious that smoking is bad for you. I ask why you don't stop if you know it's bad for you? But, I digress. I've never seen a study that shows x% of people who smoke die from smoking. Have you?
Smoking only has side-effects like getting lung cancer for those people who are susceptible to such complications. It's all down to genetics, or random chance... Nobody really knows.
I'm not one of those people who dies from smoking. I knew I was different. I always felt it in my bones. I'm the ONE person in the world who thought they would be able to "enjoy" smoking until they are 100 years old. And then I was stopped in my tracks.
The doctors told me that my blood clots "may or not be" related to smoking. I wanted them to tell me that they knew for sure that my smoking had caused the problem. They're doctors for goodness sakes! Why couldn't the fact that I had almost died be related to the fact that I smoked, and that I thought it was bad for me? Why wouldn't they grant me that privilege? Why didn't they insist that I had deliberately toyed with my own life?
You want to know something? Doctors are there to help cure you of your health problems, not to teach you how to live your life. They see people like you and me every day... People who have played with their health, thinking that there is always a way to survive... Until things are so messed up that there's no way to reverse the damage.
The fact is, the effects of smoking are a statistic. Some win, some lose. The question is whether or not you want to play your life in that way?