My aunt was a smoker since her teenage years. She smoked more than 1 pack of cigarettes per day for 50 years. Yes! 50 years. So she was a smoker almost all her life. She died at the age of 67 due to respiratory illness. She lived quite long for a chronic smoker which actually amazed me. Although she might have died without any respiratory complications had she not been a smoker. During the course of her illness she would still hold a stick on her hand. She only actually stopped when she was already bedridden. She was one of my favourite aunt because she was the sweetest. Maybe she could have lived a little bit longer if only she wasn't a smoker.