Do you smoke? What age were you and why did you start?

  • Mark85

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    Nov 09, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    I've been smoking 10 years now since I was 18. I know it's a bad habit but I really don't want to give up.

    My bf doesn't smoke and doesn't really like me smoking but I've been smoking for as long as I know him so I guess he is used to it but I know he would prefer if I didn't.

    When I was a kid I used to hate smoking and used to nag my Dad about him smoking (he reminds me of this now because he doesn't smoke any more).

    I had my first cigarette when I was 18 and joined the Army and just took it up because alot of the others smoked.
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    No, my mom and her siblings are smokers as well as a few people I know and I can't stand the smell.
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    i smoked for a week in 1999 (senior year of high school) during my 'rebellious' year, but like clinton, i never inhaled. icon_lol.gif

    now, i find it to be an enormous turn-off. i tried dating two guys who were smokers, but we didn't last long because every time we kissed, i wanted to throw up.
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    Nov 09, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    I started way too young at 12 because that's what the kids I hung out with were doing (they were older than me). Ive been smoking non stop since then but I think Im gonna quit by the end of the year.
  • Paperless_Pen

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    Nov 09, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    "When I was a kid I used to hate smoking and used to nag my Dad about him smoking"

    In the end I think you know what is good and best for you, Mark85. Just think of the money you might be saving if you gave up smoking. Healthier and you feel more in control. Up to you. It is increasing difficult to smoke these days and I think it's going to get harder. Try an e-cigarette?

    What would you do if your bf started smoking? Would you want him to?

    No I don't smoke. I tried it and I hated it.
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    Nov 10, 2013 12:57 AM GMT
    Yea....

    its weird, sounds lame but when all the info of the harmful effects of ciggywettes on the body were presented to me I thought I'd never smoke. Also when I was younger for a short while my dad and I played a game where every time I caught him with a cig he'd have to give me a dollar, eventually that came to a end bc he just wouldn't stop smoking.

    But moving on, I smoked for the first time at 16 and have been since then (Currently 20). It was a black n mild offered to me from my bro,then a week later I found myself in my bros car with a few friends passing a bong and a few blunts. But it wasn't until I was 18 and got to college when I started smoking ciggywettes.
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    No, never, and never will. I have asthma. I really care about my body.
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    Nov 10, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    The only things I smoke are sausages....^_^
  • rnch

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    Nov 10, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    FutureBanana saidNo, never, and never will...



    Same for me.

    One of the few things I loathe about my ex was his late-in-life cig addiction. We had several quite intense "discussions" about the stupidity of his recently acquired addiction.

    How an otherwise intelligent, educated man avoided cigs in his teens, 20's and 30's.....and then started in his mid 40's, at the time when most people are trying to quit....still nonplusses me.




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  • Mark85

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    Nov 10, 2013 11:43 AM GMT
    Paperless_Pen said"When I was a kid I used to hate smoking and used to nag my Dad about him smoking"

    In the end I think you know what is good and best for you, Mark85. Just think of the money you might be saving if you gave up smoking. Healthier and you feel more in control. Up to you. It is increasing difficult to smoke these days and I think it's going to get harder. Try an e-cigarette?

    What would you do if your bf started smoking? Would you want him to?

    No I don't smoke. I tried it and I hated it.


    I always said I'd give up when I'm 30 but that seemed a long way off - only another year and a half to go now if I stick to that.

    I wouldn't mind if he started smoking. I remember him once asking for one but he just coughed when he lit it and said it was disgusting so I don't think he ever would.

    You're right about it being hard to be able to smoke these days. ALways having to go outside - it doesn't bother me too much though but it's not great when the weather is bad now and the winter coming up.
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    Nov 10, 2013 11:46 AM GMT
    No. It messes with my allergies. If I even breathe in a little second hand smoke, I will be in the ER with bronchitis.

  • rnch

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    Nov 10, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidNo. It messes with my allergies. If I even breathe in a little second hand smoke, I will be in the ER with bronchitis.





    To a lesser extent regurgitated cig smoke both bothers me also. I have to limit my time in bars because of this health issue.

    My ex never understood this, even though he is a EMT/RN and witnesses the effects of smoking for 12 hours a day "at work".

    Some people, no matter how intelligent or kind they are, are selfish & oblivious when it comes to their own personal pleasure & vices.



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    Nov 10, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    I've tried a few deep, proper drags in my life to try and figure out what all the hype's about and my reaction is always the same - "Why do I want to inhale smoke and teach myself to like it?" Similar to how I feel about bottoming.

    Frankly, young employees lose credibility with some managers because they smoke - it's perceived as bad judgement, in no small part because it's hard to understand why anyone in this day and age would make that choice.

    In the early-mid '80s smoking and coffee consumption were way down.

    Though the coffee industry was desperate to find a way to addict a new generation the solution came from an unlikely source - Starbucks. Once people tasted whipped cream topped, artificially flavored and overly sweetened coffee confections Starbucks replaced corner soda shops and seeing patrons under 12 has become the new normal. Nowadays when someone says they like their coffee like they like their men they don't mean "black" but "mocha latte."

    The Surgeon General's warning, a burgeoning health & fitness revolution and a new generation resentful of seeing their parents enslaved to nicotine and tired of coughing on their secondhand smoke was killing off cigs in the '80s. Enter Joe Camel, luring a newer generation who hadn't grown up in a time when every coffee table in America sported a fancy matched ashtray, lighter and cigarette box set, to smoke for all the wrong reasons.

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    Nov 10, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    No, and yes.

    I smoke hookah here and there, but it's not often. I'll take a drag of a cigarette on really rare and stressful occasions but other than that I am a non-smoker.
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    Nov 10, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    The FDA should outlaw it, just like they are doing with trans fats.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 10, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    I smoked for about two years but than I quit cold turkey because I wasn't feeling good. I regret ever touching cigarettes but you live and you learn. I quit drinking entirely on Jan. 1st, 2000. I have no need for alcohol or for tobacco.
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    Nov 10, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    I'm always amazed and baffled by people who work out, run, etc. and smoke. WTF?
  • rnch

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    Nov 10, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI'm always amazed and baffled by people who work out, run, etc. and smoke. WTF?




    Yes, me also.


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  • Manarii2281

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    Nov 10, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    I quit in 2006 after smoking since high school. I still wonder how I got the money back then in high school to buy them.

    Before I quit in 2006, I never really tried to quit and when I did, I did it cold turkey, just stopped one day.

    I don't remember it being particularly difficult quitting**, but unfortunately at the time I did it for materialistic reasons such as the price of cigs continually rising, and it incresingly being difficult to find a place to smoke.

    **That being said, I literally felt like I lost my best friend for some reason, It's true, a cigarette was there during the best of times and the worst of times and all events in my adult life. It was my 'go to' thing when I needed to give myself a pat on the back, procrastinate or needed to destress.

    Quitting smoking however, was one of the top 5 greatest things I have done in my life.
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    Nov 11, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    i started smoking right after my mom passed. its been almost 3 years, i was 15 when i started smoking. still havent given it up...cigarettes and weed help me cope
  • rnch

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    Nov 11, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    likeachampion49 saidi started smoking right after my mom passed. its been almost 3 years, i was 15 when i started smoking. still havent given it up...cigarettes and weed help me cope



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    Nov 11, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI'm always amazed and baffled by people who work out, run, etc. and smoke. WTF?


    i work out, i'm into martial arts, and i play football (real football not the american sport) and i smoke.
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    Nov 11, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    rnch said
    likeachampion49 saidi started smoking right after my mom passed. its been almost 3 years, i was 15 when i started smoking. still havent given it up...cigarettes and weed help me cope



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    yes they do. any questions?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 16, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    likeachampion49 said
    rnch said
    likeachampion49 saidi started smoking right after my mom passed. its been almost 3 years, i was 15 when i started smoking. still havent given it up...cigarettes and weed help me cope



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    yes they do. any questions?
    They also help you set your home on fire when you get careless with them. Not only is smoking a filthy, toxic habit it can also help you burn your house down.
  • Fritter

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    Nov 16, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    I never picked up the habit, but I always seem to surround myself with people who do smoke. Watch this, I'll die first from the second hand smoke before all the real smokers, lol.