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I remember an amazing comedy routine from Dennis Leary a long time ago that was comprised of him basically screaming about how he understood all the risks associated with smoking and he still didn't want to quit, because he enjoyed it.

I wonder if this type of mindset could be considered self-injury?

John asked this
August 31, 2011 at 9:51 AM



There's people that cut themselves for enjoyment(?) and people that smoke are definitly degrading their lungs. So I think it could be considered self-injury.

Dayton from SLN answered
September 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Well - "self injury" has more than one meaning. Technically, anything you do that causes injury to your self could be considered "self injury". However, "self injury" can also be used to describe behavior that is done with the specific intent to cause pain or hurt to oneself.

So, while stubbing your toe would be a self-inflicted injury, it probably isn't one the person set out to do. While, smoking COULD be done with the specific intent to hurt yourself rather than to enjoy the pleasure of the experience, this doesn't seem to be the case in Dennis Leary's situation, and is probably fairly rare.

Erin Froehlich answered
September 7, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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