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Aug 2 12 10:39 AM
"So quitting didnt help them did it!?!"
Actually, it is possible that quitting helped them. While they obviously had other risk factors, ones that did eventually result in strokes, it is very possible that if they had not quit when they did they would have had strokes earlier--for not only would they have had their original risk factors but the added assault that every cigarette they would have smoke would posed.
The following string talks about lung cancer, but the same principle applies here:
Should smokers feel "safer" because even some non-smokers get lung cancer?
There are times when non-smoking people get diagnosed with lung cancer and it seems to cause some smokers to think that the news somehow makes smoking seem less dangerous. The concept is ludicrous.
Not all people who cause auto accidents are drunk drivers. There are people who fall asleep at the wheel from being over tired. There are people who have heart attacks while driving. There are people who swerve to hit an obstacle in the road like a deer or other kind of animal. Some of these people are perfectly sober and yet, end up in an accident that may kill or injure others.
There are some children who are killed in auto accidents even though they were properly strapped into a seat belt or even in a child seat. The parent in fact did everything right and still, circumstances happen where the child is still killed in an accident.
Now that you know that not all people who cause auto accidents are drunk, and that some kids who are killed in auto accidents were in fact properly secured in the car before the accident, would you allow your child to get into a car with an obviously drunk driver and on top of that, tell your child not to bother to put on a seat belt?
Of course you wouldn't for while there is always a risk of something going wrong beyond your control in protecting your children, that realization does not cause you to throw away taking all reasonable precautions to protect them.
Not all lung cancers are caused by smoking. It is pretty well accepted though that over 85% of lung cancers are caused by smoking. The best step that any person can take to minimize their risk of ever contracting lung cancer is still making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.
Again, not all people who have strokes smoke cigarettes. That does not negate the fact though that smoking is a major risk factor for strokes. Joe already pointed you to the article on smoking and circulation. Here is the video version of that string:
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