Yesterday was No Tobacco Day 2006. If it were up to me, I'd make every day no-smoking day.
"Give it up today and look forward to better health, cleaner teeth, nicer smelling hands and clothes, less bad breath, a much higher level of fitness, and a fatter wallet."Also, non-smokers are known to be better kissers.
Will Chinese and Filipino smokers listen? Uh-huh. Maybe when it's already too late.
On a parallel note, I've been asked many times about some old Filipino women who are quite adept at reverse smoking, a method of smoking in which the lighted end is placed inside the mouth. This is far worse than ordinary smoking. The oral mucosal lining of the mouth is compromised. In one study, more than 95 percent of reverse smokers were observed to exhibit mucosal changes like "leukoplakia, mucosal thickening, fissuring, pigmentation, nodularity, erythema and ulceration."
No matter what style you employ in smoking, the prevailing medical consensus is that it is not good for you.