I smoked for 30+ years,,,started very young. Smoking was the biggest contributor to my having a heart attack at age 44. I thought I had food poisoning and smoked 5 cigs DURING the heart attack. I have most definately lost a lot of my breathing capacity due to this...I can become short of breath just sitting in a chair. I am now 55 and play to the best of my ability on a regular basis. I wish I had quit sooner, before I did this to myself.I gambled, I lost.
I imagined that with every pack I was contributing to politicians that were paid by the tobacco companies.
Sound guy theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- 3dB)
Sax player theory of relativity: E=mc^2 (+or- .010" at the tip)
"Free jazz is the vegemite of the musical world. It's an acquired taste."-J. Jacques
I bought one of those new-fangled electronic cigarettes last week. After decades of smoking rollups (and enjoying it, it had to be said) I've gone a whole week without smoking. Better than that, I haven't even wanted a smoke. I'm astonished at how effective these things are.
Surely the circular interstices in the low C guard are positioned to park your cigarette while taking a solo.
Experience is an excellent school....but the fees are high.