Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Today's Health News article mentioned the possible addition of "graphic warnings" to be added to cigarette packs. I'm not a smoker but I think it's a fantastic idea. They're talking about photos of cancer-wracked bodies, of babies in ventilators and bodies in the morgue.
They should expand that list to add photos of people dragging oxygen tanks everywhere they go because they can't breath without them, and a few graphic photos of folks in the hospital wards with half their throats and faces missing, breathing through tracheotomy tubes.
Now, if anyone reading this is a smoker, please know I say this out of concern and my experience as a registered nurse in Australia in the 1980's. I lost count of the number of patients who told me their sad, tragic stories about how they wished they'd listened to their doctors, friends, children etc BEFORE it was too late to reverse the damage done.
Even though I raised my five children in a non-smoking home, all three of my sons started smoking when they left home -- two of them when they joined the military. One quit a year ago. One is trying to quit. The other hasn't seen the truth yet.
Smoking doesn't just kill you. It robs you blind financially and physically. My son who quit once said, "Yeah, but not for thirty years."
My response was, "Don't bet on it, but if you do, just know that in thirty years, when you should still have years of life ahead of you, enjoying your children and grandchildren, you will be kicking yourself and wishing you hadn't ruined your health, and your life."
Bring on those graphic warnings! Every day, more children start smoking. I hope we can reach them before it's too late.