Smoking

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    Aug 13, 2007 9:54 AM GMT
    I'm just curious. Who smokes?
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    Aug 13, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    I smoked for a couple years during high school and again for a few years in my mid-30s after coming out and immersing myself in the bar scene. I quit 11 years ago.
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    Aug 13, 2007 1:51 PM GMT
    I don't and I never did. I tried once in college but I hated it so I stopped. It lasted a week. But my husband does smoke :-(
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    Aug 13, 2007 2:18 PM GMT
    I did for a brief period, about a year. I think I went through a pack in a week. Sometimes I went through faster, but that's because everyone was bumming off of me. I thought, "Hey, I'm saving them money. Forget this."
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    Aug 13, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
    I smoked for 30 years steadily since I was 16 (had my first cig at age 9, but didn't smoke steadily at the time).

    I quit 6 weeks ago, thanks in part to having been inspired by this site. Prior to that I'd tried everything under the sun to quit. This time out, I had a bunch of hot gay studs to egg me on as well as a brief gig with Chantix.

    I am smoke free and feel like I won the lottery.
  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 13, 2007 2:40 PM GMT
    I used to smoke in the club, while dancing . Those day I feel it kinda make me look macho, masculine and tough. You know, wearing black leather , tight jean, you need to light the cigarate on to complete the look.

    I thought I do it just for show, but when I realize I start to be addicted to it. I completely stop the habit before it become an addiction. Luckily I am not to late. I been smokeless ever since.
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    Aug 13, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    Well, as gay men, let us keep this in mind, if not for the health reasons (which should be the priority) but just for sex appeal...

    Smoking makes you get that "used, tired, and aged" look on your face... Who would want to look like an old hag?

    Smoking gives you bad teeth and bad breath.. Who would want to kiss you?

    Want to get laid? Don't smoke!
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    Aug 13, 2007 4:25 PM GMT
    Haha - Right on NYCMusc!

    I smoked a pack (25) a day for most of the past 15 years having
    'quit' a year there and 6 months there on several occasions.
    I realize now that I always took it up again when I began
    frequenting the bar scene again and that I didn't enjoy
    drinking at all without a smoking cancerstick in hand.

    Since joining RJ 5 weeeks ago, with the support and inspiration
    provided by many of the truly awesome guys on the site and by
    steadfastly becoming evermore committed to uberclean living,
    I've cut out tea and coffee, alcohol, sugar (other than for baking),
    and, alas, Smoking. Now that all bars and restos are smoke-free
    here, I won't have that excuse to not go out or to take up that
    scornful habit again.

    Just nine days under my belt, so far, and....
    ohhh the quantities of plain air-popped popcorn and lemon water
    that I consume daily just to satisfy my oral fixation.


    Btw, NYCMusc, the reasons you listed for butting out were, by far, the more motivating.
    To every vice there is virtue. Vive la Vanite! :D

    Wish me luck!

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    Aug 13, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    Apparently every gay guy in PDX. Also, I'm really surprised at how many college students smoke these days. It seems like far more than in my day. I wonder how much of this perception is caused by the relatively recent ban on smoking in public buildings - now the sidewalks are crammed with people who have gone outside to smoke.

    Still, there's something bemusing about the perpetual protest group in front of the student union, screaming about the imaginary dangers of distant nuclear power plants and farms, while they fill the entire courtyard with their cigarette and clove smoke.
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:20 PM GMT
    I dont somke, but i try it once when i was 13 years old, but i didnt like it as i got sick for the next two or three days i guees
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:25 PM GMT
    I'm paranoid about having yellow teeth so I never have a beverage that can stain teeth w/o a straw and don't smoke - never have, never will.

    Besides yellow teeth (which of course, what could be worse - LOL) - I have asthma, so why make it harder to breathe...ya know?

    NICK
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    Aug 13, 2007 7:31 PM GMT
    Disgusting habit enabled for far too long! How society manages to look down on cocaine, heroin, and X while giving the thumbs up to tobacco continues to amaze me. People should have the right to smoke, only they should be forced to do it privately, like all substances which can be harmful to others in close proximity.
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    Aug 13, 2007 8:57 PM GMT
    I smoked during my 20s. I used Allen Carr's Easy Way to Give Up Smoking.

    Haven't smoked since, can't believe I ever had such a vile, debilitating addiction. But now I'm free forever.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 13, 2007 10:27 PM GMT
    I tried it once. It just made my eyes water. I really don't know what people get from smoking. I think it is just a habit not an addiction. I don't know how anyone can put those dirty things into there mouth.
  • DaveJH

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    Aug 15, 2007 12:19 PM GMT
    I used to do 20 a day, decided to give up before they banned it in enclosed public places in the England.

    I found a great tracking tool that allows me to paste the stats in to forums....

    I have been quit for 4M 6D 4h 18m (128 days). I have not smoked 3,332 cigarettes, which has saved me £916.47. I have also saved 1W 4D 13h 40m of my life. My Quit Date: 09/04/2007 09:00

    Also keeps me focused on part of the reason why I gave up!
  • Starboard

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    Aug 15, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    Growing up in CA there wasn't a lot of pressure to smoke, even in bars and clubs. But when I moved overseas after college I discovered that the rest of the world seemed to think it was "cool" to smoke (from my vantage point in Tokyo, anyway). I bought myself a "cool" Zippo and had fun with it -- it was like wearing a hat or new sunglasses (though I never smoked more than a pack per week). I had no problem quitting when I moved back to the states and started rowing again. I never feel the urge now, even when I walk into a smokey bar here in TX (though I will indulge if I get really liquored up, though that doesn't happen very often).
  • cbrock

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    Aug 15, 2007 2:24 PM GMT
    a few months back i was going through some rough times and a friend offered me a cigarette to "help calm my nerves." i think she had good intentions. after that i went out and bought a pack of my own. never even finished half of it before i quit. sure it helped calm my nerves but then i felt gross and sick afterwards. so i quit. no problems. no cravings.