Best post ever, VB!!! BTW, I smoked on and off, mostly on, for 20 years. Stopped tobacco 29 years ago. Stopped smoking other things 7 years ago. Quit alcohol at same time. Have no respiratory affects (yet). Have plenty of wind for the trumpet. I am lucky. Got good genes. Playing is definitely a way to develop and preserve sanity. Smoking is definitely a way to ruin your life.