Thursday, July 3, 2008
Smokers Fool Themselves into Thinking that Smoking isn't Harmful
Most smokers have an optimist bias that even if they acknowledge the harmful effects from smoking--It's not going to happen to them. They go to their doctor and he listens to the smokers lungs and says, "Your lungs sound fine." What the smoker hears is that he can smoke with immunity, no harm has been done. But no one who smokes is healthy, listening to the lungs through a stethoscope may detect pneumonia but is worthless when looking for lung cancer. The one number one killer is heart disease and The death of Tim Russert shows that heart disease can be difficult to detect. Gaining freedom from Kid Nicotine is the best advice before he blindsides the smoker and knocks him out.