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My sister-in-law, Bella(not her real name)is a retired public health and visiting nurse. She has practiced her profession for more than 25 years here in US and knows the health hazard of cigarettes. In her nursing career as a public health nurse, she had visited several patients in their homes who are dying of lung cancer due to smoking. But she can not quit smoking or may be just can not stop the habit. Her husband, Ben (not his real name) had tried every incentive to help her quit smoking. Ben even enrolled her to a smoking cessation clinic offered by his employer in the mid 1990's. Bella quit for six weeks after the clinic, but went back to smoking. She has tried quitting twice, but the power of nicotine addiction is just too hard to break. Ben tried to bribe her, a vacation to Aruba, Spain and Cancun, bought her a grand piano, but she is still smoking today. Ben tried to nag her, but it does not work and so he finally give up. As a result of smoking, she acts much much older than her chronological age. She is only 70 but is physically weaker than our 87 year old aunt in the Philippines. So based on statistics, she will be lucky, if she survives until she reached 80 years old. Ben on the other hand do not smoke. Bella needs a wheel chair when they travel to the Philippines annually during their snow bird sojourn. Ben told me that Bella is happy when she smokes, so he stopped nagging her to quit. Ben just made it sure, that he does not breath second hand smoke, by not allowing Bella to smoke inside their house. Bella started smoking in the mid 1980's while she was in nursing school. She told Ben, she will not quit smoking even if she gets emphysema or lung cancer.
The "Power of Nicotine" addiction is indeed hard to fight. It overpowers and clouds the reasoning of an intelligent women who knows the hazard of cigarette smoking. If Bella dies of lung cancer, will Ben have the right to sue the tobacco companies for selling a hazardous and dangerous product? Any lawyers reading this article?
Do you know of a relative or friend addicted to cigarettes? Did your friend or relative survive beyond 80 years or older?
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If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my early-80's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!