What Are Your Feelings On Tobacco?

United States
February 24, 2008 5:36pm CST
I do not smoke and we do not allow smoking in our home. I have asthma and smoke is one of my asthma triggers. Tobacco products contain nicotine, which is transported to the brain and causes pleasurable sensations. The effects of nicotine dissipate within a few minutes, however. This cause tobacco users to continue using tobacco to maintain the pleasurable effects and prevent withdrawal. Other chemicals in tobacco products may also contribute to tobacco use disorder Nicotine “highs” causes the following problems: Increase in blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate Hyperglycemia (abnormally high blood sugar level) So why are so many people using tobacco? Well once started, tobacco is difficult to quit. Here are some of the nicotine withdrawl symptoms that can happen when a person tries to quit: Irritability Craving Thinking and attention problems Sleep disturbances Increased appetite Nervousness Headache Nobody like like feel like any of the previous mentioned problems. Sometimes they think it is easier to just keep using tobacco than to go through the withdrawl. Do you use tobacco? Do you know someone who has quit? What is your opinion on tobacco?
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15 responses
@Sheribabe (446)
• United States
24 Feb 08
People should have the right to smoke if they want to... I think it's made more of than it should be. People should try to find more reasons to get along with other instead of more reasons to not to get along... It use to not be as big a deal as its made to be now. If bothers someone, OK, you can move... I saw a lady move her kid away from his grandfather at the park once. I don't think the crying 3 yr old was going to develop cancer or anything else spending 20 minutes with the heart broken 80 yr smoking grandfather who I'm sure didn't start smoking a year ago. Get my meaning!!!!!!!!!!!
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• United States
25 Feb 08
Yep, sure do. I am a firm believer in the fact that we should all be able to make our own decisions.
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• United States
25 Feb 08
People who let ONE go on the subway smell bad too but they aren't throw off the trains in NEW YORK ---YET!!!???It's not illegal to have gas in new york or I haven't heard that yet. If you don't like people who smoke, you can move. Before it was made such a big deal of, you had to move... People who know that can't be near smoke know to get away from it. I know to get away from a speeding car if I think it's going to hit me.
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• United States
25 Feb 08
my opinion on smoking is No,I use to smoke until I got preg. with my oldest son and then I throw them away and set my mind to I do not need this I want my baby to be healthy,I know that smoking does cause lower birth weight and I know that second hand smoke is worse then myself smoking.I do not believe in smoking around children at home or in the car my daughter-in-law does it and so do my sons I pray that some day they will quit,but I do not see that happening.Drinking is a disease and if you want to stop bad enough you can quit drinking and smoking every one of my sisters, brothers and My friends smoke except me and my sister Sally so you see I am still around the smoking .It is their lives so I do not say anything if I did it would go in one ear and out the other and that is my thought and my opinion
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• United States
26 Feb 08
I am so glad to hear that you quit for your unborn child. I really hate to see a pregnant woman smoke. I know it is not my business but I cant help but think of the unborn child who is not even going to have a chance. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
• United States
26 Feb 08
I forhot to mention in my responce eariler it has been 31 years since I smoke
@whittby (3073)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I have asthma as well. I smoked years ago and never thought twice about it. I quit when the asthma surfaced. I think I was lucky to have quit cold turkey and never looked back on starting again, but I had a lot of determination to quit at the time. Now I'm extremely smoke sensitive. A friend will tell me "Oh come over and I won't smoke." No good, you've been smoking in your house all year... I worked in an office a few years back that had a number of smokers. My reaction to the smoke built up to the point where I had respiratory failure and was hospitalized. No, I didn't sue - relatives were working in the office. So I'm glad there's no smoking in public anymore - it might mean a visit to a hospital for me again. I can choose not to go to restaurants where smoking is allowed - no big deal.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
25 Feb 08
My husband and I both smoke like a freight train. We know it isn't good for us but we choose to do so anyway. I know some people who tried to quit but they just couldn't do it. We have tried a few times also but we really enjoy smoking and continued to do so.
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• United States
25 Feb 08
My brother in law is currently trying to quit because his lungs are already ruined from smoking. He is only 42 years old. He is finding it very difficult to quit.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
29 Feb 08
That is awful. I am very sorry to hear that. My husband and I may quit later on also. I have really thought about it alot lately but haven't made my mind up to quit yet. I wish your brother-in-law the best with recovery.
• United States
26 Feb 08
I know many people who smoke. Three of my four children are amongst those people. I have begged and pleaded with them to quit. I refuse to support this unhealthy habit. Their children are suffer as a result of their smoking. My grandkids often have respiratory infections from being around secondhand smoke. Try to tell my kids that it is because of the smoke and they laugh at me. I feel helpless. I watched my aunt die from the complications of lung disease. She suffered. I do not ever want to watch another loved one go through such an ordeal.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I quit smoking three weeks ago. I did it out of the love for my mother. For her to quit it was going to take a quitting buddy. She has COPD, it really not that bad, but bad enough. Did I want to quit? No way! I enjoy smoking. It was my stress reliever. Am I having a hard time quiting? Not really. Just at certain times. Not even every day. Am I using something to quit? The patch and the love for my mom. Am I having withdrawl symptoms? No no really. Some munchiness, but that is it. How do I feel about smokers? They'll quit when they want to not because someone is breathing down their neck. When I was a teenager and my mom told me *NOT* to do something that just made me want to do it more. A toddler acts the same way. I am not going to preach at a smoker because I know how they feel. So they stink? Either move away from their smell or tell them (without preaching) that the smell is making you ill. Ten to one they will move. We are all not rude. Thank you
• United States
25 Feb 08
I am glad that you respect your mother enough to quit smoking. That says a lot about your character. This has been a very interesting topic. Something that I have learned from this discussion is that everyone seems to have strong views on the subject. Thank you for your comments.
• United States
25 Feb 08
I also don't allow smoking in my house. Both my parents smoke and I hate it. My father had lung cancer and still smoking. It is really hard to quit but for the people who does smoke needs to think about their health and others.
• United States
25 Feb 08
I had a friend who would not come to my home because she was not allowed to smoke in the house. Needless to say, over time we have drifted apart. I think everyone should respect each other enough to not smoke in homes when ask not too.
• Australia
25 Feb 08
lol yes i smoke. i know it sounds dumb when you put it like that... but it has been put badly to me before and it hasn't stopped me doing it. I dont know why i still smoke even though there is every reason not too, i guess i just like it. I also drink and sometimes even do other things i know are bad for me. i think i like to push boundries.
• United States
25 Feb 08
This has been a very interesting topic. The main thing that I have learned from this discussion is that everyone seems to have strong views on the subject. The comments have really been interesting. Thank you for your comments.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I do not smoke and never did. But when I married my husband he smoked and still does. He say he enjoys it.
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• United States
25 Feb 08
Thanks for your comment on smoking. Do you mind your husband smoking? Does it bother you at at all? This has been a very interesting topic. Something that I have learned from this discussion is that everyone seems to have strong views on the subject.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
25 Feb 08
I will end up dying of second hand smoke I do not smoke and my son is 31 and smokes all the time in the house and just won't stop.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
i don't like tabacco. i don't liketo be around people that smoke. me nor my husband smoke and if somebody comes over that smokes they know o go outside b/c we don't allow smoking in the house.
@Perry123 (363)
28 Apr 08
That is your perogative as it is your space and in fact I don't even smoke in nonsmokers homes though even if they say it is ok. Lol I may make it compulsory in my house though or at least make the non smokers go outside while people inside are smoking. ;)
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I hav asthma too and used to be a smoker for 5 years . one day i just had enough and stopped cold turkey and it is the best thing i have ever done . I just feel so much better in everyway . I dont know why people smoking knowing everything about it , but they do , and for some it rules you .
@cortney09 (1346)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I used to be a two pack a day smoker. I quit five and a half years ago. I wish I had never started smoking, but I can't change that now. I think quiting was so very difficult. I had some serious withdraws, but I did it.
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
they sre more of a bane than a boon
@fec139 (803)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I live in NYC and smoking is banned in offices, restaurants, and public places. I have ALS/Lou Gehrigs Disease and it causes respiratory difficulties, so I need clean air!!!!