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Smoking in 2010

I do not understand people who still smoke in 2010.

I get that it's an "addiction" and I can't say that I've ever truly understood "addiction," but isn't smoking one of the most easily cured addictions out there?

How any reasonably smart person can ever smoke is beyond me. How can they, in light of ALL the facts about smoking, continue to smoke?

Do you know any intelligent people - particularly those under the age of about 50 or so - who smoke? Fortunately, I can't think of many.

3 Responses to "Smoking in 2010"

  1. I agree with you (mostly), but the same could be said for many things. Lets look at one: most of the food that Americans eat (fast food, chain restaurants, fatty foods).

    I know that I could be more healthy if I stopped eating hamburgers, ice cream, and bacon. But, I enjoy those things, so I choose to continue eating them in moderation. For some, smoking cigarettes brings them enjoyment, so they do it in spite of being aware of the health risks.

    That said, I don't know why anyone who would *start* smoking, given all that we know about its effects and addictiveness now.

  2. I do not understand people who are overweight in 2010.

    I get that it's an "addiction" and I can't say that I've ever truly understood "addiction," but isn't overeating one of the most easily cured addictions out there? And isn't it one that

    but how any reasonably smart person can ever overeat is beyond me. How can they, in light of ALL the facts about being overweight, continue to overeat?

    Do you know any intelligent people - particularly those under the age of about 50 or so - who overeat? Fortunately, I can't think of many.

  3. The Plaid Cow said on October 29, 2010:

    I do not understand people who are overweight in 2010.

    I agree (and am not overweight, except by that BMI thing which says I should weigh about 150 pounds and doesn't account for bone density, muscle, etc.).

    But at least with weight some people have gland issues, and it's not nearly as dangerous as smoking. 20 pounds overweight is not as bad for you as, say, smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day.

    Plus, overweight people don't have "second-hand fat" that can get passed on to other people.

    I'm not saying weight isn't an issue, but smoking seems to be an ever-so-slightly more obvious issue than weight.


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