My mom smokes a lot. I think part of it is that her lifestyle is insanely stressful, and part of it is the general culture in Russia--everybody smokes everywhere. I don't think it's self-destructive, though. She's a very healthy person in other aspects of her life. She tried to quit a few times, and man, was I glad that I didn't live with her at the time! Actually, being on another continent was a very good thing at the time... :roll: She always goes back to smoking, though. I tried encouraging her to quit, but she doesn't really take advice very well. Especially when she knows it's true. What're you gonna do....I'm just trying not to think of lung cancer and other scary stuff, since there's nothing I can do to get her to stop.