Smoking

<b>Jon Delaney, 29</b><br>
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<b>Have you tried to quit or cut down?</b> “I’m in recovery, so I gave up drugs and alcohol, and started going to the gym. Smoking is like my last vice. I’ve thought about quitting, because my mom died two years ago. She was a smoker, and she died from lung and brain cancer. So it’s on my mind. I would love to quit smoking, but there are factors that keep me from doing it. I’m afraid of gaining weight. Smoking is a big comfort. It’s something I do before I eat, after I eat, before I go to the gym, after I go to the gym. It’s all habit.”<br>
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<b>And in the future?</b> “Hopefully, maybe this year I can quit smoking. It needs to be soon. Another thing that makes me seriously think about it is the whole Amy Winehouse thing, that she has early signs of emphysema already. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be that person with emphysema and cancer.”
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( Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times )

Jon Delaney, 29

Have you tried to quit or cut down? “I’m in recovery, so I gave up drugs and alcohol, and started going to the gym. Smoking is like my last vice. I’ve thought about quitting, because my mom died two years ago. She was a smoker, and she died from lung and brain cancer. So it’s on my mind. I would love to quit smoking, but there are factors that keep me from doing it. I’m afraid of gaining weight. Smoking is a big comfort. It’s something I do before I eat, after I eat, before I go to the gym, after I go to the gym. It’s all habit.”

And in the future? “Hopefully, maybe this year I can quit smoking. It needs to be soon. Another thing that makes me seriously think about it is the whole Amy Winehouse thing, that she has early signs of emphysema already. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be that person with emphysema and cancer.”

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