Is it really worth it?

Needless to say you’ve noticed.

Oh the weather outside is frightful. Brutal. Downright dangerous. A perfect possibility for…

Frostbite.

You know what happens when frostbite happens? A body part isn’t properly covered when you’re outside in freezing temperatures.

It can strike in five (5) minutes.

Skin turns pale.

Skin itches, stings, burns, becomes hard.

Then the skin thaws, and blisters, and could become rather dark.

Let me shift gears a bit.

Late last month the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave us good news. Or was it?

First…

“The cigarette smoking rate among adults in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013…That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping such records in 1965. The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the U.S.”

But…

“While smoking rates have dropped, there is a significant need to help those who continue to smoke. Cigarette smoking remains especially high among certain groups, most notably those below the poverty level, those who have less education, Americans of multiple race, American Indians/Alaska Natives, males, those who live in the South or Midwest, those who have a disability or limitation, and those who are lesbian/gay/bisexual.”

And…

 “Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. For every person who dies this year, there are over 30 Americans who continue to live with a smoking-related disease. Smoking also takes a devastating toll on our nation’s economy, costing more than $289 billion a year (including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity). In addition, use of other forms of smoking tobacco which are also very dangerous, such as cigars and hookahs, are not declining. In some populations, especially among young adults and adolescents, use of these products may even be increasing.”

More from the CDC.

The preceding is all an extended intro to this.

Outside my office building today, standing alone in the barely double digit temperature was a man in a sport coat.

No overcoat. No hat. No scarf. No gloves.

What he did have was a notepad in one hand, a smartphone in the other, and a cigarette in his mouth.

Worth it?

Even a  five-year old knows better.

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