Volume 90, Issue 97

Thursday, March 27, 1997



Asthmatic lights up on smokers

Re: Smokers – weak willed?, March 21

To the Editor:

I wish to thank John Heder for speaking up on an issue that has been bothering me for years. Smokers have made a choice to kill themselves with their habits, but they are also killing the rest of the population and I won't stand for it.

I am an asthmatic, a terrible disease that can be controlled; or it can be fatal. I was given the choice by my doctor in November – go out with my friends to the bars and have fun or live. See, going out is one of the great pleasures of university – one that I am deprived of. And I'd love to be able to blame it on a number of things, but it is solely the smokers who are holding me back from something I deserve to enjoy as everyone else does.

The second-hand smoke is killing me, taking my control away and feeding my disease.

I wish I had the healthy lungs of a normal 20-year-old, but I don't. A lot of smokers do, but they are destroying them with every puff they take. So please, enjoy your lungs, stop torturing them. They will last you a lifetime if you treat them right. My lungs should last me a lifetime too but can I enjoy that life? I don't want to hold my breath anymore as I walk through the cloud of smokers at the doors of each building on campus. I want to be able to go out on a Friday night and enjoy myself without having to wonder if I'll be in the hospital the next day.

Smokers, think about what you're doing. I don't care if you think your life isn't worth living. But my life and the life of others is well worth living, so stop trying to ruin it for us. You'll only kill yourself in the process.

Jacklyn Wright
Science I

To Contact The Letters Department: gazoped@julian.uwo.ca

Copyright The Gazette 1997