Interesting point but some anecdotal evidence for you. My mother had a subarachnoid haemorrhage in June 2000. The likelihood is that this was either caused or at the very least intensified by her 40 a day smoking habit. Since that date she has lived a life of drug mollified limbo confined to nursing care at a large cost to both the state and the family. Paralysed throughout her right side and unable to eat solid foods now she is in every other way she is relatively healthy - the end is in no way near for her. So she could easily live another three years or longer. That’s a minimum of ten years of not being able to communicate properly, not being able to control your own surroundings, not being able to eat a decent meal, not being able to go to the toilet, not being able to read, not having the attention span to watch anything on television longer than a clip on You’ve Been Framed.’ All this is only the effect on her and I haven’t even started on the effect it’s had on the family. That’s the reality of smoking, not the romantic notion of a smoker keeling over with a heart attack in his prime at sixty.