To be fair, governments have know about the danger of smoking for decades and whilst they are happy to raise revenue from smokers (same as motorists, in that respect), no party seems willing to offer a direct solution.
My mum & dad both smoked and sadly it either took years off them or made their years that bit less healthy.
I''ve never smoked, but I can appreciate that however much logic you can employ as a valid reason to stop, the habit is still very difficult to crack - which makes your achievement all the more noteworthy.
TBH Ian, I like to think we operate a very relaxed environment. People can chat and get sympathy or a resolution, and that's all good.
The rules are logical, and there for a good reason - we only employ them to protect the forum for the benefit of all, moving forwards. We also like a bit of banter, where everyone pitches in, and nobody takes themselves too seriously - I think that is what's key to a good culture, in fairness, which some forums sadly lack.
Wit & common-sense? The wife wouldn't use those words, but I am very logic-driven (pure right-brainer), and I try my level best to add a bit of levity wherever appropriate - thanks for noticing.
Hope you are still smoke-free, it's the best gift you can give yourself & your loved ones.
I think the forum has in essence, all the benefits that the internet has to offer; to inform, educate and entertain, (sans frontiers). It has a very special place in my heart, and although I've only met a few members, I feel each and every member is a friend.
Glad you like my posts, I always try to inject a bit of wit (when appropriate), and a good helping of old-fashioned 'common-sense'.