Stop right this minute


If you’re a smoker. I mean it.

I just came from the Temple University Hospital Lung Center. I had to see a pulmonary specialist to screen me for my sleep study, and let me tell you, I am really, really glad I never smoked. So many of these people in the waiting area sounded like they were drowning.

When I was leaving, a young woman in the elevator who was on a portable oxygen generator asked for my help to put her phone in her pocket. She was struggling for breath and didn’t have the strength. Imagine, not being able to lift a cell phone.

Please don’t take your lungs for granted. It will suck in a major way for you if they stop working, and I can’t think of anything scarier than feeling like you are drowning and you’re not even in the water.