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On a recent house call, my patient greeted me at the door to me with a cigarette in her hand.

10th August, 2014
Dr Sinead Beirne is a GP in Dublin and the resident doctor on TV3's Ireland AM.

On a recent house call, my patient greeted me at the door to me with a cigarette in her hand. Now in her 90s, she has been a heavy smoker from an early age. Whenever I've asked her to give up smoking, she laughs at me. She has already far exceeded her life expectancy despite her killer habit and by all accounts enjoys her life.

Her story is in stark contrast to another patient I...

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