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September 3, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Smoking just isn’t worth it

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Lane Filler’s Feb. 6 column, “My Marlboro Red or my life? I’m thinking ...” is an interesting read that creates a need to open discussion.

I rid myself of that nasty habit. I quit the two-pack-a-day Marlboro Reds cold turkey at the age of 40; this was well before the health warnings about smoking were published.

Putting longevity to the forefront of the smoking debate should be the least of anyone’s concern. Does the writer think about not living in a gun-crazed society, or any other causes that snuff out life?

Any smoker should realize the lasting effects along with the anguish it may have on his children or his spouse. Not only does this smoke stink up clothes and the area where one smokes, but it lingers with folks in the near vicinity.

Recently, a cousin who smokes had two years of horrible suffering before he passed from lung cancer. He never considered suffering the consequences.

Being elderly and knowing how smoking damaged my sinuses and affected some portions of my lungs, etc., I would like to relay to all: Dump these smokes now, not tomorrow or next week.

For us cured and nonsmoking, fun-loving gamblers, wouldn’t it be nice to go to a casino without trying to avoid the smoke that has a stinking way of ruining your day?

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