Have I Ever Smoked? Only Once.

I was chatting with a patient yesterday about the need for him to quit smoking. He understood the reasoning. He had the desire. He even had a financial incentive in a lower insurance premium. "Doc," he asked. "Have you ever ACTUALLY smoked a cigarette?" The unspoken implication was that if I had, I might understand how difficult it is to quit. I froze. The expected answer was "No. I am a doctor, why would I ever put that poison in my body?" The truth? Yes, in fact I have smoked a cigarette...or actually a pack of cigarettes. All at once. I do not recommend that. You will not … [Read more...]