I'm not sure you've used the strongest logic to reach that conclusionA few random thoughts on smoking and martial arts:
Young people, especially teens can smoke and not really show the negative affects that much. Then by the time you get a little older, say your late twenties and you can't deny the adverse affects, you are really hooked and have done a lot more damage to your body than you realize.
When I was a teen in the late 60's and early 70's, I smoked ...it seemed like everybody smoked. At least all of us young people. Fortunately, I got involved in crazy things like kung-fu, yoga, running, and biking and quit smoking after a few years ...before I was really hooked. Nearly 50 years later, I still occasionally crave a cigarette. But I don't give in.
When I was in my early fifties, I got really into fitness. I did some serious hill-hiking in the local mountain parks several times a week, even when it got really hot. Like 110°. Did it till finally, some years later my knees and ankles made me cut back. I'll never be that strong again. So anyway, back then when I was really fit, I went hiking up Humphrey's Peak (12, 637') with my brother and his chain smoking son, who was about 18 at the time. At about 11,000' feet, he lit up a smoke and ran full bore all the way to the summit, while I slogged on, lagging far behind. You can get away with a lot when you are 18.
Grandmaster Yip Man smoked his whole life. Did opium for a while too. He died of throat cancer in 1972 at age 79. ....That sounds pretty old to an 18-year-old. But GM Yip Man's eldest son, Ip Chun, who physically resembles his dad quite strongly and doesn't smoke, is alive and still doing kung fu at 96.
I've now reached the age were I'm attending a lot more funerals than weddings,
to put it bluntly people of my generation are dropping like flies, be it the more famous or friends or friends of friends, lung or throat cancer doesnt seem to be the major cause death, yet dead at 55 or 65 is still dead.
obesity does however seem a recurring theme, would they still be alive if they had smoked but kept their weight under control, quite possibly, we will never know
I've had people who are so fat they cant get out of a door lecturing me on the Ill health effects of smoking, really!!!!!! I can cycle 30 miles, you cant walk to the shop, who got this the most wrong, in another couple of months il be cycling 50 miles, you still cant get to the shop
of course your allowed to hate on smokers, if you point out that some of the more virulent critics in this thread appear to be somewhat rotund, the body posertivty lot will get you.
I went in the park with my dog, minding my own business, when a passing bloke, decided to lecture me on smoking,, " bad for you that mate" he remarked, "so is being grotesquely fat", I retorted, went off in a huff, whats wrong with these people