When you read today’s “For Better or For Worse” comic strip the first three panels convince you that Ellen Patterson’s brother is finally feeling the ill-effects of his smoking, but the punch-line suggests otherwise.The brother’s shortness of breath etc. could still be related to his smoking though.
On her web page accompanying the strip, Lynn Johnston wrote:
My brothers’ smoking was always a bone of contention. He was still puffing when I did this strip and I was still trying to get him to stop. I don’t think he ever blew up the kiddie pool, but he did play the trumpet professionally and I wondered how his lungs held out!