the_r wrote:If it helps, smoking increases risk of thrombosis, especially around such a procedure. Is that really worth it?
(And before you ask, I used to be a chain smoker. It is definitely possible to quit, even if it might not last for forever.)
It's tough to quantify the benefits of a known carcinogen. In fact it harkens back to the heady days of Heroin as the new wonder drug.
Obviously I am being facetious.
I nearly lost my wife to a brain stem hemorrhage in 2006, so I think it boils down to philosophical arguments: Is todays pleasure worth it if you could be gone tomorrow?
I don't know. But throw in addiction and it's a no-brainer. Who gives a shit if it causes thrombosis?(again, facetious) but using logical arguments in the face of the above two factors really doesn't hold much value to me personally.
Perhaps I will change my mind as time goes on. God knows Sal is going to give me a Brooklyn slap upside the head when I see him next.