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to think smoking when you need an inhaler is a tad stupid?

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Northernlebkuchen Tue 28-Dec-10 17:16:08

Car next to us in car park today - two people get in. One uses a blue ventolin inhaler - dh has one and we recognise it. It's for symptomatic relief when you're short of breath. So the woman uses it and then both her and her partner light up a fag. AIBU to think you have to be very, very dim to use a device designed to relieve your compromised breathing and then straight after smoke?

SarahStrattonsBaubles Tue 28-Dec-10 17:17:20

Err, extraordinarily dim I'd think.

RectalNourishment Tue 28-Dec-10 17:17:28

I dunno, some people think smoking is bad for everyone.

ILoveItWhenYouCallMeBoo Tue 28-Dec-10 17:18:34

well i thinking smoking itself is stupid regardless of whether you have any other conditions.

samay Tue 28-Dec-10 17:19:59

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Northernlebkuchen Tue 28-Dec-10 17:21:01

I think smoking is stupid too - but even more so when you know you have compromised breathing. Being short of breath is horrible - I just can't see why you would smoke when you're already suffering. I know it's hard to quit - but really harder than not being able to breathe?

JaquelinehydeAllThePresents Tue 28-Dec-10 17:22:17

Well obviously it is but then we all do things that are stupid.

I bet you've done a few stupid things in life OP haven't you?

HappyHECmanay Tue 28-Dec-10 17:23:05

yes. it is very stupid.


izzywizzywoowooo Tue 28-Dec-10 17:24:39

Surely smoking is bad even if you don't have an underlying health condition? confused

StarlightWonderStarlightBright Tue 28-Dec-10 17:24:42

I know plenty of bright people who smoke. It isn't about intelligence it is about addiction.

bibbitybobbitysantahat Tue 28-Dec-10 17:25:21

Very stupid and also a bit sad.

chasingrainbows Tue 28-Dec-10 17:28:11

was on a coach once and a passenger got on avec nebulizer, announced she had emphysema therefor the nebulizer required a seat then got off the coach for a fag. some folk just cant be helped.

DontLetTinselDragOnTheFloor Tue 28-Dec-10 17:28:46

I think smoking is a tad stupid full stop.

inthesticks Tue 28-Dec-10 17:30:06

I work in a hospital which has a no smoking on site policy.
Patients can be seen in pjs and slippers huddled on the street for a smoke. I have even seen them dragging a drip trolley.
This just illustrates how bad the addiction is.
IMO they should allocate a room or even a shelter in a courtyard for smokers.
(I don't smoke but I used to many years ago).

ILoveItWhenYouCallMeBoo Tue 28-Dec-10 17:33:59

in the sticks if they allocated a room, teh staff employed to clean it and maintain it would be forced to inhale teh smoke and taht is illegal.

ShowOfHands Tue 28-Dec-10 17:34:25

Well yes it's silly but that's dependence for you. An addiction is a nasty thing.

goingroundthebend4 Tue 28-Dec-10 17:35:16

our local hospital has same policy it is not unforced you. Go out te main entreance and you smoked 3 fags by time you done 3 steps you can smell them when the automatic doors open.

bibbitybobbitysantahat Tue 28-Dec-10 17:36:57

You can be addicted to nicotine, but not dependent on it.

Nicotine withdrawal is very mild - nothing like withdrawing from alcohol or opiates.

Giving up cigarettes is 99% about staying stopped. It really is.

DontLetTinselDragOnTheFloor Tue 28-Dec-10 17:37:05

Why on earth should a hospital provide a room for addicts to smoke??

CoteDAzur Tue 28-Dec-10 17:38:46

Smoking is not any more stupid than bungee jumping or paragliding. Everyone has their own risk/reward assessment and obviously don't seem to think that a slow and painful death won't happen to them.

"Oooh, addiction is such a bad thing" doesn't cut it imho. Once they have a heart attack, smokers tend to quit very quickly although their level of addiction should be exactly the same as before the heart attack hmm

CoteDAzur Tue 28-Dec-10 17:40:53

Smoking while already suffering from a respiratory condition is indeed quite stupid, though.

Northernlebkuchen Tue 28-Dec-10 17:42:19

Jacquline - no I've never done anything stupid grin Am practically perfect in every way. grin

I just don't get why the not being able to breathe thing isn't enough incentive to quit.

DurhamDurham Tue 28-Dec-10 17:43:08

I went to visit a man to help him complete DLA forms and he was on Oxygen 24 hrs a day, he kept taking his mask off to smoke.....beside the Oxygen cannister. I couldn't concentrate for worrrying about being blown up!

westlake Tue 28-Dec-10 17:47:29

stupid indeed, any smoker also knows this. doesn't solve the addiction though does it?

also stupid to eat cream cakes when morbidly obese...... i could go on....

inthesticks Tue 28-Dec-10 17:50:51

They don't smoke in the entrance. They have to go through the car park and off the site entirely. A security guard enforces it.

I know a smoke room would be unpleasant, I just feel sorry for people who are so addicted they are prepared to go to such lengths to smoke even when very ill.

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