I could end this post right there and there would be very little argument or discussion (except possibly from die-hard smokers who will only give up their cigarettes when they die). I can't blame people for starting to smoke 50 years ago before the dangers were known and it was still considered "cool". However, do any of these sound cool:
- Heart attack
- Lung cancer
- Chronic bronchitis
- Smelling like shit
- Breath like Satan's ass
In fact, 4 of the top 10 causes of death in the civilised world can be at least partially (if not mostly) attributed to smoking - almost 34% of all deaths are from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and COPD. Not to mention the fact that you just look like an idiot with a flaming stick of dried, poisonous weed hanging off your yellowing fingers.
Surprisingly, several of the surgeons who trained me have told me of them time when they were training, walking through the hospitals on morning rounds, leaving their cigarettes on the window ledge outside their patients' rooms. One of the cardiac surgeons who trained me will still leave in the middle of a cardiac bypass to step outside for "a breath of fresh air". Yes, he would scrub out of heart surgery to have a cigarette.
As I was walking out of my office towards my car a few days ago, I noticed not one, not two, but three staff members of other doctors' practices sitting outside smoking. What kind of example are these people setting? How could I reasonably lecture someone on the dangers of smoking if that patient saw my receptionist or medical assistant with a cigarette on her lips as she walked in?
Which brings me (finally!) to my point - "Do as I say, not as I do" is utter bullshit. Practice what you preach.