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  •  First of all, I am sorry about your (3+ / 0-)
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    horrible luck. One of the most horrifying things about smoking, for me, is that your risk of cancer never returns to baseline. I do know many people with cancers potentially attributable to smoking that happened 20, 30, 40 years after smoking cessation.

    My mother will die from emphysema, after 50+ years of smoking. She is in rough shape, with no stamina, continuous oxygen, per nasal cannula. She has all kinds of support services to enable her to live reasonably normally, at home.

    I took her to the ER with a broken rib in 1987, and the doctor told her she had marked hyperinflation of her lungs visible on X-ray, that she had moderate emphysema, and that she should stop smoking. I nagged her. She said "I know, I know. I know I should quit. And when you nag me, it makes me want to light up even more."

    She finally quit in 2005, in the ER again, with severe pneumonia and hyperkalemia that left her barely able to reach the phone to call 911, and which had been about to stop her heart. The ER physician tore her a new one as she lay upon the gurney, for continuing to smoke all those years, knowing what she had.

    I feel VERY sorry for her. And I wish she had had an e-cigarette a long time ago.

    •  great comment until last sentence (0+ / 0-)

      You have no knowledge and there are no facts to show that an e-cigarette would have drastically improved her quality of life.   Quitting would have made the difference, continuing to ingest nicotine is never the answer.

      We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Ben Franklin

      by DanD on Thu Dec 01, 2011 at 11:31:08 AM PST

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      •  Read up on how emphysema is caused (5+ / 0-)
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        kyril, badger, futurebird, Sanuk, bsmechanic

        and you'll discover how it can be slowed or halted, and what does and does not worsen it.

        Not buying your absolutes, here.

      •  Personally, I have a disease that (3+ / 0-)
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        disfigures, and is exacerbated by cigarette smoking. Graves' disease, with ophthalmopathy. Think Rodney Dangerfield or Marty Feldman eyes.

        The studies done point to cadmium levels in tobacco smoke (not nicotine) as the factor that triggers the autoimmune antibody action on eye and other tissue.

        In my case, the damage is done, and it's not that bad, just a little double vision in some fields and mild proptosis. My eyes flared twice and returned to normal over the years. As a smoker for 13 years who grew up in a smoking home, I had little choice and no information about that, until the damage happened.

        But I relapsed under stress after the last flare, knowing that I was a fool and an idiot. I'm very glad to have a crutch for a while in the form of an e-cigarette, and zero exposure to inhaled cadmium in the meantime. It's no fun to see double, look like a freak and have to tape eyelids shut at night, when a flare happens.

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