Tuesday 6 December 2016

Secret to a fulfilling and healthy life - 40 cigarettes a day

Published 27/05/2016 | 02:30

Give smokers a break: Finian McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke
Give smokers a break: Finian McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke

I am delighted to read all the letters and articles in your paper supporting Finian McGrath's appeal for smokers to be treated with respect and to be provided with indoor areas to socialise. At 77 years of age and at 40 a day, I have lead a very healthy life. I joined VHI in 1962 and I have had one operation in 1984. In 40 years working, I had three weeks' sick leave.

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I have never had flu in my life. Why is it that the health fanatics argue that all smokers will get cancer or serious illness? Does it follow that non-smokers will die of old age?

My understanding is that genes play a big part in cancer. I think the vast amount spent by the Department of Health (or HSE) on health promotion is a waste. Please stick to treating people who are ill.

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