Ok, so I was taken aside today into the little room that they have set aside for tablet review and I was given the usual questions. Do I know what my medication is for? Do I know how to take my medication and the usual thing. We then got down to the nitty gritty so I have put my answers in brackets, and his replies without. So here is my conversation with the head pharmacist, quite refreshing.
Do you Drink? (No) That's Excellent!
Do you smoke? (I used to smoke cigs but I gave up years ago...) Well done
Do you vape? (I stopped...) Well done again to you because tobacco is a dreadful thing.
Do you take anything else? (Well yeah I have used nasal snuff for a few years because it is reportedly less harmful than smoking)
Well (said the pharmacist) my farther was 90 years old when he died and he had taken snuff for most of his life. It does no damage to the lungs...
Well (said I) I have heard that cancer of the nose is very rare and only a few cases happen each year. The literature seems to validate that very few cases of cancer from snuff taking have every been found.
That is true (said the pharmacist, it certainly helped my farther and nasal cancer is very rare. At the same time you have a amount of nicotine that is enough. Would like to see you off it but I remember my farther, he got to 90 using it.
This guy is African by the way and I think they have a lot of snuffers out their. But how fascinating, a medical professional getting off the high horse for once.