Hi! Can you stand to hear from a reformed smoker? I began diving a little over a year ago. At the time I wasn't smoking much-a little less than 1/2 pack per day. The problem that I ran in to was that I was VERY nervous during my OW certification and required the use of an inhaler to get my breathing under control. Not a good scene, needless to say, and it was made worse because I am a nurse and therefore "immune" to any major problems, right? Well to keep a long story short, I finally quit while on a dive trip to Cozumel in January of this year. I have to admit that I am now using much less air; maybe due to experience, maybe due to cleaner lungs. But what ever the reason my breathing is easier. My point however is this. Unless you really want to quit no one is going to make you. Yes, there are increased risks with diving and smoking, but even if you didn't dive you risk your life by smoking. So much for my little lecture. My suggestion, try to stay as healthy as possible, and maybe be a little more conservative with your diving if you choose to continue smoking.