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    #1

    Which verb in bold should I use?

    I used to smoke when I was a teenager, but fortunately, I realised how hazardous it is /was and quit.

    Which verb in bold should I use?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Which verb in bold should I use?

    I would use "was" for tense coherence. However, I cannot say "is" is wrong.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Which verb in bold should I use?

    The usual rule is that if the situation is still applicable and relevant, then 'backshift' is optional, but otherwise it is obligatory.

    Clearly smoking has always been hazardous, and probably always will be, so you can use the present tense "is" or optionally backshift it to past tense "was".

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    Re: Which verb in bold should I use?

    Both ways make sense, and that's what matters.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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