You did not give me the impression that you were critical in the least. I'm sorry if my reply implied that you did.
I think that one of the most unfortunate results of the attention that has been given to nicotine addiction, and to cigarette manufacturers' manipulation of nicotine levels, is that many smokers have come to believe that physical addiction is the primary reason they don't choose to quit. I am saddened by that because it seems to me that if a person focuses so much on his/her physical addiction it must limit the pleasure he/she derives from smoking, from all the very positive aspects of it.
You do make a good point about living in a society where, if one were to believe all of the hype, one would spend every waking hour expecting something to kill him/her. I am a nurse, and I have noticed over the years that the patients who recover most quickly and who have the fewest health complaints are those who do not obsess over their health. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you shouldn't take care of yourself, or that if a problem is detected you shouldn't do what you can to take care of it; just that the folks who take things as they come and allow themselves to enjoy life without doing everything they can to prolong it tend to be the ones who have the fewest problems and best recoveries. Attitude plays a huge role and I maintain you can't get well by worrying about it.