It has always been curious to me that people who are considered alcoholics can stop drinking for years and years and yet still be called alcoholics. When it comes to people who once smoked, it seems the same characterization is not applied. At least it seems that way to me. If you smoked....how long did you have to smoke to be considered a smoker, a week, a month, a year, or years? If you smoked for a long time and managed to kick the habit, do you still feel the residual effects of smoking? If you were able to stop, how long did it take before you felt measurably better? If you are over 50 and smoked for 20-30 years, it seems like that would be quite a bit of abuse to overcome.