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.
- 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.