Although she had quit smoking a decade earlier, 30 years of cigarettes had taken their toll.excuse me if I am not witty here...
After several days in the hospital, she was sent home tethered to an oxygen tank, with a raft of medicines and a warning: “If I didn’t do something, life was going to continue to be a pretty scary experience.”
Ms. Rommes has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or C.O.P.D., a progressive illness that permanently damages the lungs and is usually caused by smoking. Once thought of as an old man’s disease, this disorder has become a major killer in women as well, the consequence of a smoking boom in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The death rate in women nearly tripled from 1980 to 2000, and since 2000, more women than men have died or been hospitalized every year because of the disease.
[ cf From Smoking Boom, a Major Killer of Women ]
but what if factualism were, well, both factual, and REALLY, REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT!!!