Martina Devlin: Smokers harm more than just themselves
Published 19/07/2012 | 17:00
My mother was a lifelong 20-a-day smoker. Family members used to plead with her to quit or cut down, but she always said if her life was shortened she'd take the consequences.
She was not a confrontational person. She backed away from arguments. But on the subject of smoking, she insisted it was her business and nobody else's.
Seven years ago she had a massive, smoking-related stroke. Three months were spent in hospital and a rehabilitation unit, before going home in a wheelchair.