Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Medical Miracle? Sure, But Let's Not Lose Sight of Priorities

Remember that woman in France who received the first-ever face transplant? And how it miraculously gave her a new lease on life, replacing her mangled nose, chin and lips with one from a corpse, that her body somehow has not rejected?

Well, her doctors just revealed she's smoking.

Yeah, well, I guess she really missed it, so she's smoking again, and the doctors, according to news reports, say it could raise the risk of rejection by inhibiting circulation. But hey, c'est la vie!


Ellen said...

My husband used to be a respiratory therapist.

He'd work tirelessy on patients, only to find some smoking through their trach holes.

Interestingly, a lot of his fellow RT's smoked too, even though they spent their days treating folks whose lives were ruined by the habit.

One guy said, "As long as they keep making 'em, I'll keep smokin' 'em."

Michael Markowitz said...

Ellen, that's so sad.

On the other hand, I will say that I am irritated beyond belief at the hypocrisy of paying tax money (at least here in California) for anti-smoking ads... at the same time that federal tax money goes to incentives for tobacco farmers.

Also, we tax the hell out of smokers, and we depend on that money, but we treat them like pariahs.

And the argument could be made that smoking does society a favor by "removing" patients from the health care system before they become expensive drains on it. That our current health care crisis could be in part due to the declining smoking rates of the last thirty or forty years.

Anyway, if we're going to hate on smoking, let's make it illegal, but let's be consistent.