Friday, June 29, 2007

Virginia L Johnson

I'd like to write a memorial to a friend of mine. Her name is Virginia Johnson (Jan 21, 1928--June 27, 2007). She was married to Jim Johnson. This December would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. She was the first woman to run for governor in Arkansas (in 1966 and no woman has ever won, yet). She and her husband have three sons (and daughter-in-laws) and six grandchildren She was a remarkable woman, intelligent, caring, a great cook. She will be missed.

She had only one flaw that I am aware of--she smoked. And it got her in the end. She died of lung cancer. Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States.


There are many reasons to quit smoking and I would love to convince just one person to quit or not start:
  • Smoking is linked to at least 10 different cancers (lung, bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, oral and throat cancers, acute myeloid leukemia, cervical, kidney, pancreatic, and stomach).

  • Smoking is linked to chronic lung diseases (emphysema, asthma)

  • Smoking is linked to coronary heart and cardiovascular diseases

  • Smoking is linked to reproductive effects and sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Smoking is linked to periodontitis.

  • Smoking is linked to osteoporosis.

  • Smoking is linked to poor wound healing.

  • Smoking is linked to Alzheimer's, impotence, Lupus, etc.

  • Smoking ages your skin.
In addition, there are non-medical reasons not to smoke. A pack-a-day habit cost around $1000 a year. You may lower your car insurance costs. Please, do yourself (and your loved ones a favor) and if you smoke quit. If you don't, good for you. I hope you never take it up.

1 comment:

Lynn S. said...

Yuck, cigarettes!! I never smoked, nor does my husband or our three adult sons. I am so thankful of that.

It is amazing that the cigarette manufacturers put so many chemical additives into the tobacco cigarette and, up until recently, many people never took this under consideration.

There is not one positive thing that can be attributed to tobacco cigarettes. Not one.