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View Poll Results: How much do you smoke?
I dont' 2455.81%
Not any more 1330.23%
A pack a week (20 cigaretes) 24.65%
two packs a week   00%
less than a pack a day 24.65%
a pack a day or more 24.65%
two packs a day or more   00%
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03-22-2007, 03:21 AM   #1
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Holly smoke! are you a smoker?

How many of you are smokers and how much do you smoke?

03-22-2007, 04:21 AM   #2
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I'm a smoker!
But I smoke self made cigaretes with an aromatic tabacco.
about 3-4 cigs a day!
sometimes i think, what do I do that for, but still haven't got rid of it!
03-22-2007, 04:30 AM   #3
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Never did...

...and probably never will.
Parents smoked a lot (father 2packs a day , mother 1 pack) and I found out that it just stinks too much for me.
Maybe it is also due to the trauma from my vacation trips when parents smoked inside a hot car and the road we were on was full of curves for many miles and my face soon looked like this:
03-22-2007, 04:44 AM   #4
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I dont and never will for the same reason as Branimir.

03-22-2007, 06:11 AM   #5
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I smoke a pack a week for ten years now. Sometimes I forget to buy a pack but that doesn't really bother me. I have no intention to quit smoking and the more effort they put in various oh-so-frightening anti-smoking campaigns the more determined I am to keep smoking. However I try not to smoke where people are bothered by the smoke and I try not to set bad examples in front of the kids.
Right now I'm on 40 day lent (pause) that ends on easter so this poll crossed my mind.
03-22-2007, 06:20 AM   #6
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Been a non-smoker now for almost 13 years.

Gave up a four pack a day habit cold turkey.

Best thing I ever did for myself.

03-22-2007, 07:21 AM   #7
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After a long, drawn out cessation I finally cracked the habit in 1985 after 20 years of very heavy smoking.
It's something that I frequently congratulate myself on as I was totally addicted.
That, of course, was a little before the current movement to reduce the damage being caused by the weed, but even then the statistics were showing quite clearly the harm that was being done.
I'm continually amazed at the irrational refusal by many to accept reality of the personal and social costs of breathing in the toxic mix of dangerous chemicals contained in smoke of all kinds and varieties.
I suppose that some folks just don't want to accept that the commercial forces behind tobacco production are making fools of them.
After all, it's the tobacco that smokes; the user is just the sucker.

"There is non so saintly as a reformed sinner."
03-22-2007, 07:50 AM   #8
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My old man smoked a pack a day for 40 years and it killed him. So if you encounter a guy with a Pentax telling a smoker to take their f---ing cancer sticks outside, it may be me.

03-22-2007, 08:37 AM   #9
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Yes...I, too, am a smoker. I have tried to put these things down, a number of times, but always seem to come back to them. I have been smoking for about 45 years, and average about a pack-a-day. Somewhere around 30 years ago I stepped away from Kool menthol cigarettes, and moved to non-menthols. I now smoke Basic Lights. When I put them down, I seem to be alright until something pressing settles upon me. I also get so irritable that my wife (who really wants me to quit), tells me to go out and get a pack of cigarettes. I know that I have to stop letting these cigarettes be larger than myself, and that I just have to find some way to successfully battle this nasty habit. If I enjoyed them all, it would be a somewhat different story. But, truth be told, I only really enjoy just a portion of what I smoke (after a meal, after coffee or tea, and just starting the day off).

The strangest thing (to my way of thinking) is this: instead of it (the cessational period) starting off in a very hard-hitting way, and then lessening, it tends to grow increasingly worse over time. I never smoke in our home, and make sure that I don't smoke around non-smokers. I am going to quit these things, and just need to find something to help me along with this. So, keep your fingers crossed for me. And, if any of you are praying people - please raise prayers for me, in this regard.

Smoking is a very bad habit ~ and we would all do well to rid ourselves of this ugly beast.
03-22-2007, 09:27 AM   #10
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I'm a non-smoker, never have smoked. In fact, I'm allergic to it. Or at least that was my mother's story - when I was an infant, she had a friend over who smoked. Smoking was much more the norm then, and my mother was far too polite to say no, so the friend smoked. I was sick for the next three days. My mother decided that it was because of the smoke, and from then on could say to her smoking friends, "Please don't smoke in here, my daughter's allergic," instead of saying "This is my house and I don't like smoke." She did develop more of a backbone later in life.

03-22-2007, 10:20 AM   #11
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I quit a 3 pack a day habit cold turkey, 19 years ago. Best thing I ever did. Today, I can't even stand the smell of the things.

I don't harp on smokers to quit, because I know how difficult it was for me. The desire, and the determination to quit must come from within oneself.
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I watched my grandpa die of enphasima, oxygen tubes and all. Never had the desire.
03-22-2007, 10:24 AM   #13
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QuoteOriginally posted by justuspr Quote
I watched my grandpa die of enphasima, oxygen tubes and all. Never had the desire.
That would do it.
03-22-2007, 10:27 AM   #14
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QuoteOriginally posted by roscot Quote
I don't harp on smokers to quit, because I know how difficult it was for me.

I don't harp on them either. I just explain a few of the health problems I have that I wouldn't have had as a non-smoker.

Then, I explain that, like them, I thought I was bullet proof but found out I wasn't.
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Never smoked, never will, but...

I'm verifiably allergic to tobacco, so I can never be a smoker even if I wanted to be. You would be asked to smoke outside before ever lighting up in my house, and depending on how strong it was I might even hang your jacket in the entrance rather than get the lingering smoke in my closet!

However, I am strongly opposed to making smoking illegal - especially in bars and restaurants. I see smoking as a personal choice, one that you are free to make especially given that you fully know it could kill you. You have that choice in your own home - or your own business. If you don't like smoky bars, it is your right to open a non-smoking one! If there aren't any smoke-free bars near you, you have the right to stay at home.

This is another reason why I'm so opposed to socialist medicine (a.k.a. "Universal Health Care" in the USA) - because it inserts your financial concern in your neighbor's personal choices. If my neighbor wants to smoke (or be fat, or whatever) it is their decision, and none of my business. I value individual liberty and privacy over government.

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