I don't smoke. I have never smoked in my life....but I do photograph people in their own elements without any judgment upon them ... if smoking is part of who they are and their personality in those very moments which I am photographing them, then I would not try to alter their reality. I try to appreciate their reality as much as possible in those moments.
However I like people and wish them well...so if you do smoke, please stop smoking ...even though it might look cool as props in photographs or while hanging out in clubs or chatting with friends about philosophy/art/fashion/politics/music over a coffee....just a humble friendly suggestion and nothing more.
" The 1982 Surgeon General's Report stated that "Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer mortality in the United States." This statement is as true today as it was in 1982. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use is an acquired behavior, one that the individual chooses to do, smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in our society. "
"Each year, a staggering 440,000 people die in the US from tobacco use. Nearly 1 of every 5 deaths is related to smoking. Cigarettes kill more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.
Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. It is a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, pharynx (throat), and esophagus, and is a contributing cause in the development of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, liver, uterine cervix, kidney, stomach, colon and rectum, and some leukemias. "
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