Do you still think smoking makes you look cool?

@laydee (12814)
Philippines
October 14, 2009 7:18pm CST
We have had misconceptions about thing in our yesteryears, like smoking and drinking is cool. Being a virgin in high school is uncool. Having no boyfriends/girlfriends is uncool. Smoking w*ed is cool. Having different partners is cool. But we all know after a while that we have wasted our lives and our time with doing everything we can so as not to be called 'uncool' or to be part of the 'cool group'. What were your misconceptions about being cool or not?I could definitely say I wasn't swayed easily with the cool or uncool talk. To me, they just don't exist. Neither was I pressured to do things to make me cool, because I know I don't need anyone's approval, I am my own person.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
15 Oct 09
hubby and i have been watching a variety of movies and tv shows from the 50s on dvd (like perry mason) and it seemed that everyone smoked and this was normal behaviour. when i was in middle school (ions ago) smoking was cool and i bet these people are wishing they hadnt smoked now! so NOT cool!
@kunizzul (1067)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 09
Hi laydee, Well, let me be honest. I'm a smoker but I don't smoke because its cool. I just smoke because of its taste and to release some stress. I only smoke when I have lots of work to do or having some problem. Then I will go out with my friends and of course we smoking while chatting.
• United States
15 Oct 09
I never felt the need to do something to be cool either and if something seemed logical to do, I would do it even if it made me uncool. I think we are emotional beings and work less from our logical side. We tend to do those things that harm us rather than are good for us, because of our lack of control over our emotions. Like you stated, smoking is bad for us, yet to be cool we develop this smoking habit and suffer the consequences. Later in life when we look back at what we did and what we have become we think why did I ever do that. Where are all the cool kids now? Do they have black teeth like me? Do they find it hard to breath like me? Do they have lung cancer like me? Let us work on our reasoning power and do those things that are beneficial to us and our fellow man. If we work to control our emotions and desires these cool and uncool issues wont' be an issue anymore.
@vjg_06 (66)
15 Oct 09
This is one of the misconceptions that we have when we talk about smoking.Smoking is absolutely not cool for it will ruin your health and your entire body.I think saving the money allocated to buy these stuffs is pretty much cooler than doing the actual smoking!
@hurikhan (53)
• United States
15 Oct 09
not at all. but usually younger ppl think that this is cool. but the problem is if you are addicted to smoking
• United States
15 Oct 09
I was brought up in a fairly strict Christian, church going family so really all my social circle were church people and I went to a convent private school. I remember at school, in my whole time there, one girl was caught smoking, and she was immediately expelled. So by the time I went to college there was really a good foundation laid. I'd been taught abstinence until marriage and I kept to that despite being made fun of, because for as many that made fun of me, I found my true friends (who were of a variety of different beliefs and backgrounds) actually respected my commitment to my faith and though they may not have had the same views we supported each others rights to be ourselves. By the time of college I did drink, but I only really wanted one or two while I was out, so thats what I did. I was also on a lot of medication for arthritis so that helped if anyone did make an issue! I found that you just need to be who you are. Because all my friends knew my beliefs and background it wasn't an issue so I never felt pressured. And I think we all learned from each other in a positive way - I was opened to a world beyond the quite sheltered life I had had, and they learned to get beyond stereotypes people have of people like me! So I agree, my definition of 'cool'is to be who you are regardless of what anyone thinks. That is TRUE cool!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
15 Oct 09
I am not a smoker, and i never was. Classmates in high school thought they were cool and more popular because they smoked. i just never saw the thrill in it. There is so much peer pressure for kids to do the things that their friends. You don't have to smoke to be considered cool.
@rosepedal64 (4192)
• United States
15 Oct 09
Hi laydee I first want to say that at the moment mylot is having some problems again. We are not getting our notifactions by email. Just wanted to let you know this. As for your discussion, I too am My own person. I never was into being the popular one in school. I wasn't shy or stand offish I just did what I believed in and that was yet. As an adult I still do what I think is right and healthy for me. No Im not by no means healthy or prefect. I just do what I believe in. Smoking is a habit that I do have and we are planning on deleting that habit. I just have to get that into my head and go for it. You have a nice day and keep smiling..
@angelajoy (1839)
• Philippines
15 Oct 09
I wasn't very conscious of being cool or uncool when I was young, although I did have friends who were really bad influences. But I'm proud to say that I've outgrown the childish things that I did back then. But even though I did childish things, I never smoked or had boyfriends just for the sake of being cool. I did what I wanted to do and almost everything went well for me. I never, not even for one second, thought that smoking was cool. I actually thought it was stupid. Actually, I still think it's stupid. As for being a virgin, I never thought it was uncool because my parents raised me to have a sense of dignity.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
15 Oct 09
Of course not. Smoking really do harm to our health and can have a bad effect on people around me if I am smoking. From where I stand, people will feel it so cool when smoking if they are very young and unable to understand the meaning of life. If people have a good knowledge of real life, they may begin to do something uncool, which is an omen show their growing up. Be cool is not equal to a real life. Happy myLotting!
• Bulgaria
15 Oct 09
I have never thought that smoking makes me look cool. I started it because I thought that is it a nice thing to do and did't believe it's so addicting and bad for health.
@Weizen (145)
• China
15 Oct 09
About this ,I think we can not define it if thsi is cool .you know ,if you ask one guy who smoke " how do you think smokeing?" he must answer" cool'but if you ask the person who don't smoke,but he must answer" no" I don't think this is cool .maybe sometimes when we see one guy smoke ,we 'll say ,cool this guy is cool .but according the other view ,when look at the environment ,you think the smoke is affecy the air ,so you hate this ,so you don't think this "cool " so we should accoring different view to look at this question .different view ahev different opinion
• Philippines
15 Oct 09
hi. Sounds familiar because I was not easily swayed either by that talk. I am not a smoker and neither a drunkard. I tried to smoke just one inhale by the mouth out of curiousity but it was...i cant really explain. It was disgusting. I felt that a thousand needles pricked my tongue when I did that. I tried drinking as well out of curiousity too. There I decided that nothing intoxicating will ever touch my lips again.Why? I drank and ate corn. Then my vision has turned black and I felt I am going to die at that very moment. Then I vomit. The drink and corn went out not only from my mouth but also from the nose. I felt I have abraded throat and nasal cavity and nostrils. And my body was itchy for two weeks. I can never go through that again. Godspeed.
• United States
15 Oct 09
Never smoked and never will. Too many people die every day from cancer due to smoking. I don't understand how people would think it's cool to get cancer or lung disease. Too many of my family smoke and I swore at a very young age I would never do it.
@merlinsorca (1123)
• United States
15 Oct 09
If by cool these people mean "normal" then this cool talk shouldn't even exist! Who's to say what is normal, and what is cool or not? I do a lot of "uncool" things, apparently, meaning I am "uncool" and that cannot be accepted? Even if there were a cool/uncool label, what would one be without the other? It's not cool to do so and so. Stop doing that and do cool things. Everyone should do cool things. If everyone does it, no one is special! I don't go around saying, "Hey, man, aren't we so cool? We're breathing! Haha, check it out, look! *Inhales* *Exhales* Marine animals are not cool, because they aren't breathing! Let's hate them!" That would be a no-no, a terrible messup of the universe. No one does that, so why do we do that to "uncool"? By the way, if I had to do THOSE things to be cool, I would definitely refuse to be normal and fight this. I will not be assimilated...