Smoking kills. Slow or fast.Originally Posted by king_of_kings
Slow being something COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Looking at the problems without getting in the technical bs, a person who smokes will gradually find that over time they become shorter and shorter of breath with less and less physical exercise. Eventually it will reach a point where they need to breathe pure oxygen from a cylinder or concentrator unit because their lungs are no longer able to properly put enough oxygen in their blood from normal air. With already severely impaired lung function, they are in serious trouble if they catch pneumonia or the flu and it can kill them.
The fast way to go, that's cancer if it isn't caught and treated in time. Even if they catch it in time, there's no easy fix regardless of whether they use radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy. There are negatives, some worse than others, that come with all three options. One variety of cancer, small cell lung cancer, works very fast and within a few months time they can be dead. Die quick doesn't mean die easy though. The pain is very bad and the people can develope an increasing tolerance to medications given for that.
It's pointless to preach and repeatedly tell someone to quit smoking, doctors do that every day but the final decision to do so is up to the individual. On the positive side though there are more options now to help someone quit when they want to than there used to be, and there's supposed to be a new drug available to help people quit called Chantix. Saw general info on it being approved by the FDA but no indication of when it would be available in pharmacies.