Stay Healthy for Longer


Is there a formula for longevity? If there was, then we would all be able to benefit. However, at 77 years of age and working in injury cases since 1975, I believe that I have learned something about ways which help us to stay healthy.


The outstanding fact I have personally observed is that as a whole, people who smoke die earlier that those who do not smoke.


I noticed that asbestos disease and vibration white finger sufferers tended to be smokers. This does not mean that smoking alone was the cause but I did observe that there seemed to be a propensity of smokers who were sufferers.


An obvious feature of smokers is premature aging in the face with greater early wrinkles and breathing problems. The voice also tends to deepen and in some goes crackerly.


Bystander or passive smoking can also cause these problems and many will recall Roy Castle who died as a result of being regularly in smokey rooms as part of his job. It was a good move when smoking was banned in the workplace, but what about children regularly exposed to tobacco smoke in the home?


It is perhaps some justice that Sir Walter Raleigh who introduced smoking to the Western world was executed. Millions were addicted to tobacco smoking as a result.


If smoking was introduced today, it would be banned tomorrow but there are too many addicts and vested interests at present. It has been a great improvement in the law to be able to visit restaurants and not be subjected to tobacco smoke, not to mention absence of the smell on the clothes afterwards.


If you smoke - please give up and increase your prospects of a healthier and longer life. You will be doing the NHS a big favour by saving money for them and yourself, and not being one of those depressing statistics regarding smokers who die prematurely.