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A question for smokers

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hey, I was just sitting here after reading Mindless' post about cutting right down on smoking and and Skive's statistics on Lung Cancer.

What made you smoke in the first place? This is not be being judgemental because I have one now and again but very few and far between. I started through that wonderful thing called peer pressue and it 'looked cool' <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

What are your reasons? Did you like the taste and is that why you carried on? Personally I hated it but again, it looked cool (it was quite a few years ago after all, i was young and naiive.
I think another influence for me is that both my parents are heavy smokers but they haven't been affected. Yet.

So smokers, join in on this discussion and it'll hopefully help Mindless with his battle to slow down and eventually quit.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ive never ever had 1 pull off a cigarette! just looking at a fag makes me feel a bit sick, even the word fag makes me feel a bit icky, i just despise everything about them.

    funny thing is i smoke joints fine
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by MattBomb:
    <STRONG>funny thing is i smoke joints fine</STRONG>
    always the way isn't it! somehow it seems spliffs aren't so bad doesn't it!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The first time I ever smoked was because of peer pressure, but I ws about 12 and it lasted about a week.

    When I started smoking properly, it was partly because I did enjoy it, and also because it gave a little bit of relaxation at college. I carried on because there was nothing better to do in the 3 hour breaks I had at college.
    With the flawless plan of 'I'll quit when I start to feel addicted', I was suprised to discover that when I started to feel addicted, I couldn't quit. <IMG SRC="mad.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    I still enjoy one or two a day, the rest are just habit.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've gotta have the first fag of the day...but...all the rest are shit!! <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    One of my friends used to nick them from his mum and share them out, it was fun when we was all at school having sneeky fags at break time.when i left school i was hooked.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I started smoking when I was 12 cos I heard it killed your appetite. But then I just smoked instead of eating anyway so it didn't matter.

    I can't say that I think smoking looks particularily 'cool' myself.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i gave up smokin on the 22nd april last yr, i still soke dope, but nowhere near as much as i smoked fags.... <IMG SRC="eek.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What made you smoke in the first place?

    I had my very first cigarette draw with my mum <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> when I was about 15.

    What are your reasons? Did you like the taste and is that why you carried on?

    I enjoy smoking cigarettes now just because I find smoking fun! <IMG SRC="rolleyes.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> The taste is minging, but I smoke very very light ones, so the taste isn't really an issue. I carry on smoking just because I enjoy it as a pass time. I guess I find it a cool thing to do <IMG SRC="cool.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> , image-wise, but that's not why I do it personally.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i started smoking the first time when i was in year 7 because it was the in thing to do,

    but then i decided to stop because i didnt enjoy it, but last year i started up again because of alot of probs at home with my mum and dad spliting up, and i supose it was just my way of dealing with it. but now i find it hard not to smoke! so im hooked on them now!! xxx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kurt:
    <STRONG>
    What made you smoke in the first place?</STRONG>
    i started smokin whilst pissed, then every time i got pissed i randomly got cravings for fags. this lead on to occasionaly sober, then addiction kicked in and the rest is history, lot of stressful issues in my life, thanks to say fags have really helped and i fully enjoy them- as 4 taste, i smoke marlborough lights which are the only fags i actually like the taste of. <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    although it was a mate who got our little group at skool to think about smoking, there wasnt this "peer pressure" that most young people get. i think it was because of influences (i.e. my sister dying pretty horrifically...dad takin it out on me "youll never be good as her" etc etc) that made me need to try something new. before anyone says "it was peer pressure" i would like to add that i know full well what peer pressure is, as i have, do and forever will have my friends pressuring me into drinking (which i may also add will never happen <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">).

    i read a report on young people smoking once, and i just thought i would share it with you lot because i for one find it strikes home a little bit.
    basically, what it says is that its easier for adults to say "no smokin for me" but for young people its not so easy. it goes on to say that smokin can be seen by a young teenager as a sense of achievement, as in the UK, USA etc, a lot of cultures dont have a really big to-do over becoming an adolescent. in some cultures a massive party, feast, congregation or whatever is used to celebrate the persons step into adulthood, which in turn creates a "milestone" between here and childhood (a good example of this is a Barmitza *spelt wrong i know*).
    the fact that a young person masters the art of smoking (not bummin the cigarette, takin it down without coughin etc) is seen by many as a marker point they can show the world and say "im not a kid anymore". i remember the time when i crawled un-noticed into adolescence (a couple of years ago) and as far as i can remember it was just a regular day for me...no big fuss over it. this is why i started going out more with the local krew and being a bit more adventurous in mischief making; i showed the world that i had grown up and i had achieved something for myself.

    i know that smoking wasnt my way of creating this "milestone" in my life to mark the "im not a child anymore" day, but i know quite a few people who did.


    ~dappa
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