Tuesday 24 April 2018

Martina Devlin: Smokers harm more than just themselves

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.

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