Saturday, December 03, 2011

At the time

I was growing up, this 1946 tobacco ad

was fairly standard.

Now, with legislation passed in the Federal Parliament, Australia is moving to this

as standard packaging, provided the big tobacco companies don't manage to have the laws overturned as they embark on a multi-million dollar legal challenge.

Bit too late for me. I've just commenced a stopsmoking regimen, brought on by my recently being diagnosed with emphysema—or COPD (chronic obstructive pulomary disease) as they like to put things acronymically these days. The disease is irrepairable. My lung capacity is down to 53%, will deteriorate even further if I keep on smoking until I will only be able to get around with the help of an oxygen cylinder. However, stopping smoking will inhibit any further deterioration, & the use of a range of bronchial dilators will ease some of the symptoms.


Blogger Tom Beckett said...

Ahh, Mark. Take care of yourself. This getting older business is dicey, isn't it?

My wv: exest. It sounds like a reasonable exhortation.

10:33 PM  
Blogger paul siegell said...

Yes, PLEASE take care of yourself.

Much love,

3:06 AM  

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