I smoked for 25 yrs. Started when I was 12 - it was cool, and no one admitted to knowing about the side affects. EVERYBODY smoked. Then a decade later I started having bronchitis three or four times a year. I stopped MANY times but always went back because of stress, or whatever. Finally, when I was 40, I put them down (with God's help), and realized if I ever smoked again, I'd be hooked again. By them some damage had been done - my lungs are a little weak, and came down with mild Asthma, and have been hospitalized with pneumonia a couple times, but I think of where I'd be if I hadn't stopped!!! My mom died of lung cancer 12 days after she was diagnosed (they thought it was pneumonia), but I had quit by then. It's an AWFUL crutch and is very addictive... So glad I stopped (although I do still miss it once in awhile - you can take a straw and breathe in like you're inhaling, hold it for a second, then breathe out, and somehow it gives a little of the same effects of calming down.)
I have never smoked yet I have COPD, caused by cigarette smoke. You see my mother and father were both heavy smokers and so was my brother. I was also in the navy where many of the people around me smoked so my life and quality of life are both diminished because other people's decision to smoke. Where Does the fact that their smoke affects others ever come into their decision to smoke or to continue to smoke is what I would like to know?