TIL that former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was a heavy smoker. He was well known for lighting up during TV interviews and talk shows. He was also charged with defying smoking bans. In 1981 he got a pacemaker. Despite these he died as the longest living chancellor at the age of 96.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Schmidt#Personal_life

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  1. Smoking was completely common before, say, 1980. Many TV hosts and guests, news anchors, etc., would smoke. Plenty of pics of Johnny Carson smoking at his desk, David Brinkley used to smoke cigarettes and a pipe on air, and so on.

  2. Some people are just built different.

    Grandmother on my mother’s side drank a 6 pack of Miller Lite every day and smoked unfiltered Pall Malls until the day she died at the ripe old age of 92.

    My dad smoked Benson and Hedges lights and drank whiskey and kicked the bucket from throat and lung cancer at the age of 48.

    I’m glad smoking is so looked down upon in society now. Wish I grew up the same instead of in an age when I could drop some quarters into a machine and get a pack of cigarettes and get away with smoking them because so many people smoked that smelling cigarettes on your kid was just as likely to mean they stopped over at a friends house whose parents smoked indoors as it was to mean they were lighting up. Would have saved me a lot of money and 25 years worth of damage to my lungs before quitting.

    I don’t smoke or drink anymore and I’ll be happy if I fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. 70 something seems like a good age to shuffle off the mortal coil.

  3. Being a heavy smoker and dying old is the exception, not the rule. Don’t smoke a shitload of cigs and expect the same outcome

    Exceptions to every rule exist; they don’t undermine or invalidate said rules

    Also, Germany has free health care, so as a high-ranking politician he could get taken care of free and easily, it’s not like he was an American in the suburbs with a four-pack-a-day habit

  4. I had a 95-year old neighbor once who would sit on his porch and smoke all day. Said he’d be smoking since his teens. But he was also very active all of his life and very easy-going. So those may have helped to insulate him from the negative effects of smoking. But you should have seen his face. Between the effects of the smoking and all that outdoor work in the sun all his life, he had crevices as deep as the Grand Canyon.

  5. If it increases your chances to die early by so many percentage, it’s like any other percentage based game. Just because that legendary has a 1% chance doesn’t mean you get it after 100 tries. You could try it 100,000 and every time there’s a 1% chance. I know so many very old heavy smokers and even old hard drug addicts. Their luck rolls keep missing that higher percentage to an early grave.

  6. A lot of people I know act like smoking/drinking is a death sentence. We’re all gonna die eventually, might as well enjoy it while you’re here. That being said I smoke 2 packs a day and wish I never took up the filthy habit.

  7. Smoking increases the likelihood of Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and death. It is not 100%, if you want to roll the dice on your life then be my guest. Just don’t complain or regret your actions when the doctor tell you you only have 3 months left.

  8. My great grandmother smoked at least 1 pack a day for most of her teens and adult life. Died at 97, yes, but was bedridden for 10 years before that, because of circulation problems and cancer, caused or aggravated by smoking. So yes, you might live long even smoking, but chances are you will suffer quite a lot because of it

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