LOL, so you reckon smokers do not have all the information available about smoking? You're right - we don't ... in that tobacco on its own isn't what we smoke but all the ingredients added to ensure the tar is reduced in order to meet EU Regulations in manufactured cigarettes, highly taxed by our caring governments. Manufacturers bulk out the ciggies; smokers notice the difference with those bought outside of EU countries. But the OP is very specific about asking why people continue to smoke tobacco.
By applying the logic that people are either "Addicted, ill informed or irrational", then by that same logic, one can assume that you are insinuating that people want a long life, despite the fact that each day we live we're getting more decrepid, with the risk of such 'delights' as dementia. Would it not be logical to die before getting dementia? Each day many people get up, work hard, struggle to earn a decent crust, only to do the same thing the next day. It's not other people's business to interfere with other people's life choices. If I'm ill informed about smoking, then that is the fault with the information that is available to the general public.
Many smokers don't succeed in jacking in smoking for the simple reason they never wanted to quit in the first place but were vilified and pressured into doing so. Granted, there are those who have partners who smoke or socialise with other smokers, or simply couldn't manage to quit within the time period set by the NHS and weren't permitted to re-join a smoking cessation scheme for at least another 6 months. Incidentally, the idea re vaping - only the other week some medical professional announced that people still get throat cancer and other cancers caused by vaping.
To me, it's wrong to lump all smokers into the categories outlined above because there are those who have quit (like, when being skint for weeks at a time, so long that they are no longer physically addicted) but return to smoking because they like smoking. Some people started smoking tobacco instead of smoking crack cocaine, is that irrational swapping one 'evil' for another? Or the person who stopped drinking whisky but instead drank more lager? Both one could argue are harmful (in excess). Or the person who only smokes the very occasional cigar at Christmas or smokes 5 cigarettes in a week; such people do exist. But by the logic demonstrated within this thread, all smoking is bad. Well, cannabis isn't legal yet in the UK ...
There's another article in the press today about nature prescriptions, and how getting out in the fresh air into the open countryside is good for one's health. Perhaps that's because by doing so, a person is getting away from other interfering people who seem to think they have the right to dictate what others do with their lives. If you pardon the pun, such interfering do-gooders need to get a life and butt out!
Edited by Suffererof1crankymofo, 06 October 2018 - 12:04 AM.