Life Sentences: Confessions About Smoking


Producer:  Dr. Christopher Hyson

Year: 2001

Format: DVD   Running time: 19 mins.


Smoking is a death sentence served through a lifetime of addiction, as three elderly long-term smokers clearly demonstrate. Their dependence on portable oxygen and their inability to walk or breathe without great difficulty is contrasted with two young people who are new smokers. Although the young smokers are aware that they should stop, they have all sorts of excuses for continuing.

The dialogue between the two generations provides important insights into the nature and consequences of tobacco addiction. Produced by a doctor who interviewed his own patients for the program, this straightforward investigation into smoking bridges the gap between smokers at the beginning and end of their addiction, and graphically shows why one should never start.


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