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Mon Nov 27, 2017, 10:18 PM

If Doctors do it .....

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 10:54 PM

1. Ads like that were all over the place.

Commercials had “doctors” selling cigarettes. So it wasn’t a surprise, in the mid-1950s, to see doctors smoking. When I was in 4th grade, once a week my mother took me to a doctor for allergy tests and shots for my asthma. After getting that week’s series of scratch tests, we’d go into the doctor’s office to discuss the results from the previous week. He had a large, overflowing ashtray on his desk, and the air was thick and gray from his chain-smoking. When the testing finally ended and they delivered a long list of allergies, they taught Mom how to give me the prescribed allergy shots; there was no prohibition about exposure to tobacco smoke. I eventually became a smoker.

Fast forward, I finally quit smoking 17 years ago. I’ve been on oxygen since a pulmonary embolism that was ironically concurrent with the quitting smoking. Five years later I was diagnosed with lung cancer and had a portion of the right lung removed. The cancer has not recurred, but the diagnosis of COPD is permanent. There is one more notch on my regulator before it’s not able to deliver sufficient oxygen.

The decision to smoke was my own, that is the only blame that attaches. But I still wonder if I would have made a better choice if a different doctor had been involved.


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 11:35 PM

3. Sounds like, We are about the same age and...

I too, saw cigarettes and smoking were just the thing everyone did...even doctors...

I quit many years before you however I have allergies and lung issues related to smoking...

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 11:20 PM

2. EVERYBODY smoked EVERYWHERE back then. I have a cancer associated with second hand smoke....

and we talking about that today during my medical tests and pre-surgery meetings today. My fourth bladder cancer surgery in four years is scheduled for Dec 19. I never smoked but it seemed like everybody else did.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 11:36 PM

4. Second hand smoke is a killer....as much as you are lighting it up yourself...



Best wishes on your future surgery..

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Response to pbmus (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 11:43 PM

5. Actually worse, because second hand smoke is inhaled more deeply than first hand smoke ....

and the fact that it is actually a passive form of assault.

I've worked in hospitality and my family, almost all including grandparents, smoked non stop. In the Navy, almost everybody smoked and cigarettes were VERY cheap. One group most likely to get bladder cancer are the non smoking spouses of smokers. My surgeon refuses to treat patients whose smoking spouses refuse to quit smoking.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 27, 2017, 11:48 PM

6. I remember 1 dollar a carton ...

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Response to pbmus (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

7. In the seventies I worked at the VA Brecksville, Ohio. My friends went nuts when they found out ....

cigs were $.25/pack vs $.85/off the hospital property. I hated buying them but smokers are insistent.

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