Do you smoke? Do you know someone that smokes?

United States
January 29, 2009 2:32pm CST
I'm sure many of us know someone that smokes. Almost everyone in my family does. I don't and never have which I am so very grateful for. I have seen people get butts out of the ashtray......yuck and use what was left in several of them to make a cigarette to smoke. Or collected bottles in the days when we got 5 or 10 cents each for them. These things I witnessed that others did just to be able to smoke turned me off completely from doing this myself. I never wanted to find myself search through nasty ashtrays for something to use for smoking. I thought and still do how disgusting! The cost of cigarettes have caused people to go from the expensive brands to cheaper ones. Here in Tennessee they tax them highly trying to get people to stop. That won't work! The only way people will stop is if they want to! My husband smokes a lot or I should say they burn themselves out a lot because he is always reading or doing something and the cigarette sits in the ashtray. But he goes through 3 cartons a week. This to me is a lot! I worry about him and his health because of smoking. So do you know someone that smokes? Do you? When do you like to have one the most? My husband wants one right after eating and when waking in the mornings. Thank you for responding.
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@lovesummer (1162)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 09
i don't smoke and i never ever will. i know how harmful smoking is and i don't want to get killed from that.. yep i know many people who smokes.. and addicted to smoking.. i know too those who is smoking alot but wanted to get out of it but they just cannot make it.
• United States
30 Jan 09
it's good that you never started smoking. I'm so glad I never did either. I to know people that have tried to quit and couldn't or didn't. I also know people that did quit and they smoked a lot. Thank you for sharing.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 09
Hi, I don't smoke, neither does my husband. My brother does, and he's been trying to quit. When he was hospitalised last year, he was able to stop for that one week in the hospital; however after he was discharged, he gradually went back to it. He tends to smoke more when he's thinking hard, or under stress. I suppose I won't be able to understand it!
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Reallylazee I don't either. If this helps them while under pressure or when they are so upset then why do they still seem to be upset or have the same problems after smoking? It seems the same as drinking...people get wasted to drown their sorrows but the problem is still there. If a person can quit for a time they can quit for good, it's a matter of thinking that that can and wanting to. I strongly believe this....at least in most cases anyway. Some like my father need a docotrs help so they don't go into a smokers comma. Thank you for sharing lazee/
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@nympha687 (940)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I smoke a few sticks when I'm nervous or in an awkward situation. I also smoke a few when I drink,it kinda prevent me from getting drunk. But since I'm a lady, I smoke privately, perhaps in a closed area or in my room.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
yes, this is the way in the old days that ladies did...they smiked in private or with only other ladies in their presents. It's just the way it was done. Seeing a lady smoke back then was just not acceptable. People thought them to be a tart, lol. Funny how things change and what the thoughts were in other times. Thank you for sharing with us.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I don't smoke. My dad used to smoke a lot and I really hated what it did to him. Now he's in his fifties and he already quit a few years ago. But I can see how much slower his mind is. He processes things slower than an average guy his age. And he slurs his wrods from time to time. He wasn't like that before. I fear that though smoking hasn't caused any complications in his heart or lungs, it has somehow affected the condition of his brain. I will never smoke. But I don't condemn those who do. it's their right, and it's their body so I don't really care.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
It sounds like your dad has alzhiemers. But he would have breathing problems with his lungs and have to have stuff to help him breathe and even oxygen.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
I smoked for 11 years and had no thoughts of quiting, until I got pregnant. As soon as I found out I quit! I just didn't feel it was my right to decide that my child wanted to smoke. It was the easiest choice for me. Haven't picked one up since. My husband however smokes at least a pack a day. He's trying to quit but I'm not sure that's going to actually happen. It's not to the point where he will dig through ashtrays for other peoples butts thank god! If it ever did, we'd have bigger problems than just him smoking. That's absolutely disgusting!
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• United States
30 Jan 09
That's absolutely the way I felt...now you know why I never started smoking. I didn't want to be like that. It's good that you quit smoking. My daughter did too while she was pregnant, she went back to it. But I had her puti up the money every week that it cost her regularly to smoke and after even three months she had enough to buy a good baby bed and other things for the baby. Thank you for sharing.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I smoke, my favorite is in the morning with my coffee.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Yes, this is a favorite time for my husband as well. Thank you for responding.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
That is always the best. Especially with a good book too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
31 Jan 09
i do smoke & have the biggest part of my life. i wishi didn't & u are right they are high in tennessee. i drive 10 miles to ky. to buy mine. u r right them taxing them here didn't make anybody quit i don't imagine. they don't care whether u do or not, they just want that tx money. jerks! i like one especially after i eat.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
I think you are right they just use any excuse to take the prices up...it's all tax hikes and the government and state gets that money. They could care less if people quit...they just want that darn money.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
31 Jan 09
amen!!
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@icecroft (449)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I used to smoke, but only socially. I don't do it anymore, though. It's bad for my health anyway. But I must admit that I sometimes feel the urge to puff whenever I'm stressed or problematic, haha. On the other hand, my dad smokes and he's been a smoker since he was a kid. He tried to stop, but it proves to be too difficult for him. My boyfriend smokes too and he's been a smoker since highschool. He especially likes to smoke after eating and loves smoking when drinking coffee or soda. I've been asking him to quit, but he claims, like my dad, that it's too hard for him too. I'm not giving up though.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Yes, that does tend to make us smell badly just for being around them when they smoke. They smell really badly when they smoke, it's all in the clothes...it's so bad that I must stay clear of them for awhile. Or start cleaning the house with a strong cleaning agent, lol. Thank you for sharing.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
it is most of the time hard to stop smoking but if they are really ready to and want to they can stop. Some people maybe like your dad need a doctors help to stop smoking. They have pills, lollypops,magnets, and shots that help people. Here is a link someone left here of something that they used to quit it's a pill used for 9 days...http://www.efarma.nl/page good luck.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
29 Jan 09
If your husband is going through 3 cartons a week, that is excessive. Yes, I smoke...about 1 carton a week but I'm not working so I have a lot of free time. I have never, and would never, pick butts out of an ashtray or anyplace else to feed my nicotine habit. I would, however, go out in nasty weather to buy some if I ran out. I guess my favorite smoke is after a meal. I also like to smoke while I drive.
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• United States
29 Jan 09
I know what you mean and I've never seen my husband do anything like that either, that was when I was younger and the smokers then that had to have them and had no money to buy a pack. My husband will go out in snow and other weather to buy them too. He doesn't smoke when we go out in the truck because I have really bad breathing problems. My dad wouldn't even smoke in the car when I was in it because of the problems I have. I built him a "smoking room" onto the house. It's his room for him and others that smoke to go into so they don't have to go out into the weather. It gets hot and humid in summer and very cold with snow and cold winds in the winter. I felt very bad everyone having to step out to smoke, especially my husband when he is home. He has a nice room with his roll top deak that my mom gave him, a book shelf as he reads a lot, another cabinet, a cd or computer programs cabinet, his office chair, and a glider rocker and foot stool there for him to use in there. He has a huge picture window that takes up almost one wall where he can watch the deer at play and eating along with the rabbits. The exhaust fan helps a lot in there and he has a door to go outside if he needs to.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
30 Jan 09
It's nice that you and your husband can be considerate of each others feelings in this area. My husband's brother has been battling throat cancer for several years now (from sugar cane dust but no one has ever proven it in court) and he quit when he was first diagnosed. His wife and many of the extended family smoke but we smoke outside when we're at his house. It's not so bad though since we're in Florida. My husband and I don't smoke in the house when the grandkids are here either.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I will admit that i have tried it once when a teen. But that one little puff was enough to say yuck. I will never try it again. Almost everyone i know smokes. My dad smokes. My sister smokes. My brother smokes. People i work with smoke. Friends smoke. My fiances parents smoke. Luckily my fiance does not smoke. Its so nasty kissing a smoker. All you can taste is smoke.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
lol, I know.I have my husband go brush his teeth sometimes before he get s kiss. I will turn my head if he goes to kiss me on the lips becasue of the taste and smell. It's awful. Thank you for sharing.
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• Malaysia
30 Jan 09
i don't smoke but i know lots of friends and colleagues who smokes. personally i dont like smoking or be around people when they're smoking- coz the smell tends to stick to my clothes and hair and i'll stink! but i don't really mind though, it's up to them whether they wanna smoke or not, just don't puff it out on my face haha.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
I do believe that most people that do not smoke feel this way. Thank youfor responding.
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
30 Jan 09
I don't smoke and i will never smoke and in fact i made some deals with some of my friends to shoot me if they ever see me smoking. I wouldn't smoke even if i got paid, that stuff is bad, it's yucky and no good can come from it - i resent the fact that some people make you look cool, i say it makes you look stupid if "being cool" is why you smoke. I do understand that some people can't stop smocking as they don't have the necessary will to do so, but that doesn't mean that they should say that they can't stop smoking. I know people that smoke... my dad, my mom, my girlfriend's dad, some of my colleagues in college, but luckily in my circle of friends i have no smokers.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
I don't know why the young people think it's cool to smoke. It's not...far from it. And you take your life into your hands by smoking not only that but iritating the ones around that don't smoke with the smoke in the air. Thank you for responding.
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@lokiblitz (169)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I do smoke sometimes but stopped a few years back.Its really for relieving my stress and to pass some time away.I only smoke a few sticks though since im not a chain smoker.I usually smoke when waiting for our class to begin.If ever i have children i dont want them to smoke young though.
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• United States
31 Jan 09
Since yousmokeyour children may do it to immelate you. That's what usually happens. Also they need to be taught at a young age the problems brought on by smoking. You can't expect your children not to do what you do yourself. Thank you for responding.
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@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I'm not a smoker, I've tried once out of curiosity but I did not like the thought of having a lung cancer or any related disease because of smoking, even the smell of it makes me suffocate and I can't really breathe, which is most dangerous for secondhand smokers right?, eversince I was a child, I know a lot who smokes, my cousins and other relatives, then when I grew up...some of my friends in high school were smoking when they turned college, maybe they think it's a part of growing up and that they are one of those cool people. I consider smoking as one of the most deadly vices that could lead a lot of health problems and I'm just wondering why so many people were still into it. Anyway, it may have something that they couldn't explain...placebo effect maybe...LoL!
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• United States
31 Jan 09
Hello bc, I don't smoke and it's an issue for me in a couple of ways. The smell and the sickness that I have. Thank you for responding.
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@yina24 (358)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
oh my gosh~~~ three cartons a week is really numerous... that's for sure why you concern alot about his health.. try to let him switch that off.. seek advices from the experts.. i just have known that you can stop someone in smoking by putting them into sports.. taking them away from smokers.. but then not to stop them suddenly coz it'll be a bad thing to do for their health.. let him try to reduce taking sticks from 30-29-28-24- and more sticks.. lesser everyday.. I hate smoking and thank goodness that my husband hates smoking too.. I have my uncles that are smokers but not as taking 3cartons in a week.. ^^
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• United States
30 Jan 09
He won't quit unless he wants to and is ready to. Nothing I do or say will get him to quit in fact mentioning it to a smoker usually makes them get defensive and upset that you brought it up. Thank you for responding.
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• Mauritius
30 Jan 09
Yes my dad used to smoke but since 3 years back he had to undergo a major surgery and therefore had to quit.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
yes, this will usually get one to quit smoking. Thank you for sharing
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• India
30 Jan 09
Hi! moondancer as you told many of us know someone that smokes. I general life many of us smoke whether they are habitual or not. Many of my friends smoke regularly and some friends smoke sometimes. my best friend regularly smokes. In my office many people smoke.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Yes, I know there are many people that smoke. I would hope that it's not the majority of people everywhere. Thank you for sharing. Welcome to the lot.
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@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
30 Jan 09
thankfully i quit over 9 years ago. 9 years and 3 months to be exact. my sister smokes though and i am always after her to quit as she has asthma and it is just plain dangerous to smoke. there are some really graphic commercials on tv right now about what smoking does to your lungs and arteries and i have to say if i still smoked seeing them would be enough to scare me into quitting. i think most people think nothing is ever going to happen to them and they have their head in the sand.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
Congrtulations onyour quiting. Be very proud of yourself. Yes, if only the commercials would get through to half of the people that smoke and then at least half of the ones thinking about starting then that would be a wonderful start on having less people ruining there lifes. Thank you for responding.
• China
30 Jan 09
my boyfriend smokes two package a day. though i worried about his health, i like seeing him smoking,for it looks well
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@alankor (479)
• Singapore
30 Jan 09
dude i really hate smokers.i am sick and disgusted by how they can blantanlty smoke in a crowd of people.smoking is really a waste of money time and health. what can you gain from smoking?lung cancer, 10 bucks per pack gone,2nd hand smoke?name the list and it will go one forever.live a smoke-free life please
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• United States
30 Jan 09
alsn, I see you are very adamat in your conviction of smoking. I don't like it eitehr but many got addicted to it long before the campain started to stop them, they are already hooked. I know all of the things that is said about smoking and the problems. But these people have their rights too. Would youlike it that a law was made saying that you can't smike on your homes front porch, or in your own car or your own house? That is how bad it has gotten. I don't smoke and have breathing problems, but I still feel they have the right if they feel the need to throw away their hard earned money...it's them and their money not mine. It's their health suffering ...even though mine is too. But not in my home...or my truck...everyone knows they can't because of my health. I wouldn't want anyone telling me what I can and can not do with me, or at my home. Thank you for responding.
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