Claire O’Mahony: I know the ciggies are a killer, but I can't quit
SMOKING doesn't make sense. It never did but especially not now. Nobody of any sane mind is going to confidently stand up and say: "Do you know, smoking isn't that bad. In fact there are some really good aspects to it."
Yet it's not easy being a smoker in Ireland 2012. There's the health implications first and foremost but you can also throw in the expense (€9.20 for your pack of 20 Marlboro Lights); the social pariah aspect; the smell; the innate guilt; the difficulty of taking long-haul flights and -- Irish weather being what it is -- the amount of time a smoker will spend this winter outside pubs in the freezing cold trying to get in on the outdoor heater action.
Oh, and it's terribly ageing too. So why am I still doing it?