Instant gratification still too slow

ON the heels of the subprime/West Nile crises article comes a related news story on instant gratification in relation to your health.

A decades long study by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women (nurses) who quit smoking were 13% less likely to die of vascular or heart problems within the first five years of quitting. Five to ten years later they were 18% less likely to die of respiratory diseases and by thirty years were 21% less likely to die from cancer.

The “quit smoking for instant gratification” angle, will likely not gain traction with today’s pandemic of fast-paced, gimme gimme now, spoiled rotten youth who are accustomed to results counted in seconds or days, or about the length of time it takes teens to light a cigarette and procure alcohol, respectively.