Is there a connection between smoking and suicide?
Off the top of my head I would imagine that there could be a tenuous relationship. After all, a person contemplating topping himself is pretty likely to be somewhat depressed, and a fag at a time like that can be a moment of temporary relief. So yes, I would say that there could be a remote link.
I would also say so what? Tackle the depression and forget about the cigarettes, they are a mere incidental to the main problem. Depression is a real and serious problem with more people killing themselves here in Ireland than die in road accidents. To even mention cigarettes in the same breath is a sign of a disgusting twisted mind.
Of course the bovine masses out there who have sucked up all the crap from the Tobacco Control Industry are all convinced that cigarettes are a quick way to death anyway, so not only are we all destined for imminent departure but we are killing everyone who comes within half a mile of us. They fail to grasp the simple and obvious fact that the entire human race would have been obliterated last century, but then simpletons tend to believe what they are told rather than believe the evidence of their own eyes.
So why do I mention this? Surely there isn't anyone sick or twisted enough to actually think that cigarettes are a cause of suicide?
Oh, but there is.
They go on to agree that this doesn't imply causation, but then ignore the fact in the same sentence.
Although this association does not imply causation, however, smoking prevention and cessation should be the target of suicide prevention programs.
How sick are these people? Do they really believe their own shit or have they completely divorced themselves from reality?
"Now John, I know life is desperate at the moment. I know you've lost your job with no hope of another, and that your wife has run off with the kids and the bank is repossessing your house. But look on the bright side – I'm going to tell you to quit smoking!"
"Here's a prescription for Champix."