Do you smoke?

@chrislotz (8203)
Canada
November 17, 2007 11:38am CST
Do you smoke and if you do what kind of smokes do you smoke? I smoke menthols. I have smoked since I was 9 years old and I am now 49 years old. That's way too long. When I put in in writing it seems rediculous that I still smoke. I bet I have spend over 50 thousean dollars on cigerettes in my life time. Crazy huh. How long have you been smoking? How much money do you figure you have spent? How did you start smoking? I started by the lady I babysat for paid me with smokes. She rolled her own and started giving them to me for babysitting instead of paying me money. By the time I turned 15 years old I was smoking a pack a day. I don't smoke as much now, about 1/2 a pack a day. How much do you smoke in a day?
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18 responses
• United States
17 Nov 07
I am 26 years old and have been smoking for 14 years. That's over half my life! It is weird to put it in writing. I started when I was 12, and became a regular full-time smoker by the time I was 14. I started smoking because my parents and older sisters all smoked. It just seemed like it was the thing to do. No one told me that it was bad for me until after I was addicted and it was too late. I've tried to quit a few times and will try again soon. I figure I spend about a thousand dollars a year on it.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
17 Nov 07
I'm glad that's all you spend on it. I wish I only spent that much. Between my hubby and I we spend that in two months or less. I live in Canada and it costs $12.50 for a pack of smokes. We buy two packs a day so that's$25 a day. Multiply that by 30 days, that comes out to $650.00 s month. Crazy huh. That's $7800.00 a year give or take. Boy, when put on paper it seems crazy.
• United States
17 Nov 07
Wow! That is really crazy! A pack of smokes is around $4 here, and I'm only buying for myself. I feel for you! Have you tried to quit? And if so, what have you tried?
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
17 Nov 07
In the UK they average around £5 for a packet of 20. It is very expensive habit to have.
@Verity (851)
20 Nov 07
I never smoke because smoking is not beneficial to our health. Aside from acquiring a possible illness from doing so which may attact anytime to your health, it is also an additional budget to your pocket. Since food and health is necessary to our being, why not divert the money you spent in smoking to buy food for your health?
@dianne17k (600)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
Wow! you've been smoking for 40 years! I've been smoking since I was 15. It all started out with mere curiosity until i found out the proper way of smoking and puffing out smoke. I was just a social smoker until i was 19. I started to be a regular smoker when I got really stressed over my internship year in college. On the average, I smoke 3-5 sticks a day and during drinking sessions and stays at coffee shops, I could smoke to as much as a whole pack. I'm planning to quit soon. In fact, I started to use those plastic filters to somehow lessen the nicotine entering my system.
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@caz2406 (24)
19 Nov 07
I am sorry to say i am a smoker as well...started when i was 17...got a crush on this fella that started working at the supermarket where i worked...he smoked. so of course if he did it then it must be good!...(wouldn't mind i didn't end up getting off with him lol he had a girlfriend!).....was on and off for about a year after that...and have smoked ever since...had a few months when i have quit...and always managed to stop while pregnant...but as soon as i gave birth started again...yes i know i am an idiot! (have had 4 kids...so that will be 3 years of not smoking while pregnant).....smoke 20 a day...could smoke more some days but will just not allow myself to buy more than that...and don't even want to think about how much i have spent...that would depress me!...i just buy the cheaper brands...cost me £4.29 a pack...that's enough for me to think about!... Caz
@viroop (155)
• China
18 Nov 07
yeah i stated smoking from the age of 12 and now iam 22 it was 10 years.i started because my friends said me that smoking is like "brushing the teeth daily" and is necessary in daily life .i started like that now it became a hard habbit.i smoke 10 packs daily. hard to believe but true to consider
@jean0827 (306)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 07
I don't smoke. Maybe education really work on this issue.. I was told not to smoke since I was in a kinder garden..XD Smoking is really bad for our health.. Your case, start smoking when you're 9 years old really sounds scary for me! You should try to quit it as it's really very bad to your health! Good luck~
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
18 Nov 07
I do not smoke. I lived in a really small town growing up. There were only a handful of kids. All the boys smoked, including my "boyfriend". I tried it once and that was it, I just didn't get what the thrill of it was. It didn't appeal to me. That is crazy how long you've been smoking. My husband smokes, he is in the process of quiting. He isn't doing the cold turkey thing, he's easing off them daily. He's down to about 5-10 a day depending on how bad his day is at work.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
18 Nov 07
i dont smoke now, i havent for the last 3 years, i started when i was 13, i was smoking nearly a pack a day, and i always depended on them, and then i had so many life changing things happen and i felt that they werent needed anymore and now i dont depend on them at all, i did feel the odd time like" oh i need a smoke" but i quickly recovered by putting my mind on something else. my mum has smoked since she was 16, she is now 56
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• Philippines
18 Nov 07
nope i didnt smoke but my boyfriend do smoke..im not into a person who smokes..i really dont like it..it can cause cancer to ones health..so its better to quit smoking before running out of time..
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@Joneer (23)
• China
18 Nov 07
I don't like smoke,but sometime I just take few ,when I writing or do some hardwork at night.it can give me some spirits.but since I get a baby,I refrained from this habit
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@fanji008 (782)
• China
18 Nov 07
Hi,there! Well,I don't smoke. I never do and actually I don't know how to smoke.There're some people around me smoking every day. Some of them really smoke a lot per day.I do think it's not benefical for himself or the people around him at all.It's really bad for one's health.So I always talk my friends or relatives to give it up.I also hope you can give it up cause as you know it yourself,it's not only bad for your body but also bad for the finance.You've already spent much money for it,right? Best regards and have a good day:)
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@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
18 Nov 07
yeah i dpo smoke..i started when i was 13 not that heavy though then as time goes by ive beeen smoking heavily then i realised if i keep on doing this i will get sick and i have two kids to raise now i only smoke 2-3 stick in a day..
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@khateya (265)
• Australia
18 Nov 07
I have never been smoking before. I don't like smoking but i don't hate those who smoke. I have many friends who smoke but i dno't hate them. why people prefer smoking while they know that it is bad for their health? You should try to quite smoking even it is hard but i am sure that you will be able to quite it if you have a strong commitment to do so. There are many other activities to replace smoking, sport, friends, internet, work. If you have a family you must quite smoking because it will affect you child and your wife health if they absorb the smoke. I wish you all can quite smoking as soon as possible
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• China
18 Nov 07
Smoking makes you look cool,but it is really bad for you health.My boyfriend smokes,but he has heart attack. I really hope that he could stop.So, I think,just smoke less.
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• United States
18 Nov 07
Yes I smoke I smoke full flavor Marlboros. I have been smoking since I was 11 and im 26 now. I got started because of my sister she started smoking I saw her do it then I thought it was cool so I started and then my friends saw me doing it they thought I was cool so I didn't want to stop and my dad was ok with it he would even by them for me. I smoke about a pack a day now and I use to smoke about 2 a day.
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• China
18 Nov 07
Well, when I was a small girl, maybe about 6 years old, I was persuaded by a small boy to smoke. That's funny, we just hid behind the bed but we burnt something you know. Now I'm not smoking because people around seldom smoke.
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@enix931 (38)
• China
18 Nov 07
I don't smoke because it's said smoke is harmful to your health.so it is both expensive and doing no good to your body. How much money do you spend on smoking each month and do you fell any uncomfortable after such a long period of smoking
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@rurique (116)
• Portugal
18 Nov 07
no...but im an passive smoker