questionswhy did you start smoking?

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Because the kids in the cool crowd were doing it. Later, I decided to keep smoking because I realized that smokers get extra breaks at work, have a reason to leave the table at family get togethers, and were usually made up of people who were more interesting than non smokers. I might not live as long a life, but I am most certainly happier. I always try to keep my smoking out of the way of mainstream traffic. I personally find it rude to smoke around others that don't smoke. That siad, I find that the mean spirited people are usually the only ones that complain about me smoking. It makes me happy and I have met a lot of really unique people in my smoking circles. Don't regret it one bit. Of course I'm not dieing an early death due to cancer so......we'll see.........

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Because when you are young, you're ignorant and think nothing bad will happen to YOU. Fast forward a few years, and you're addicted, and it's not easy to quit. Years keep passing by, and it's part of your daily activities and routine.

I wish it was as easy to quit as it was to start. :(

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To look cool, because everyone was doing it, and the magazine ads told me to.

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Because I wanted to visit Flavor Country, and it's the only way to get there.

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@nabadome: Here's hoping it stays that way for you (the not dying an early death part). I never smoked, but that's partly because I saw both of my parents [and fail] to quit. That, and just watching the headliners of their cars get darker seems disgusting.

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Because I was a Lemming trapped inside the body of a teenager.

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Because smoking is awesome. If someone wanted to make me a very happy man, they could invent a healthy, beneficial cigarette. I don't smoke anymore, but man if I could do it without dying from it I would in a heartbeat.

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Way back in the 60's, while I was in high school, I was enrolled in these advanced courses at the "U". Everyone in the class was smoking, so it was safer to "breathe" through the cigarette filter. I quit after finishing up at UF, but started up again because my first wife smoked. After six years, she was gone, and I haven't smoked since.

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I'm glad I never started. Watched to many people stop "again".

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Joe Camel told me it was cool. So did the ruggedly handsome cowboys.

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I think I started because my dad smokes (in the house/car/wherever I was). At one point I just tried it, and the next thing I knew I was a smoker. Well, at least I was open to smoking and at some point I became a smoker.

Took me many years to stop (Chantix did the trick for me), and I wish I never started.

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For me, it was combination of the perfectly wrong environment that I liked to frequent. I went to a pool hall, played a LOT of pool and darts. Had few beers and then a few smokes and that was it. 17 years later, I quit (three weeks ago).

The appeal is really not the point. Some people enjoy smoking because of the effects that it has on them. No one really likes smelling like an ashtray or they are ignorant to it. I never thought actively about it, like "Boy, I really like smoking even with all of the negative effects."

Whether it is the hand to mouth motion, the nicotine itself or some other aspect, quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. Cigarettes are pure freaking evil. I can't speak to the addiction of pipes or cigars. I've never had a pipe and I have a cigar on occasion, but its nothing I "crave".

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No nicotine replacement had worked (Chantix, gum, etc) until I got an ecig. Called "vaping" for those unfamiliar. I haven't touched a cigarette in over three weeks. Smell and taste are changing/coming back and I'm running again. The smell of a cigarette burning almost makes me sick. I can vape in my office at home without worrying about stinking up the place or my clothes. I'll eventually go down to zero nicotine.

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@jrpigman: Vaping has not been determined to be completely safe and nicotine itself does have negative aspects, but ... it is one hell of a leap away from the 4000 chemicals in an analog. Arsenic, acetone, formaldehyde, tar, toulene, benzene, etc.

If the way I feel is any indication, it is a huge jump in the right direction.

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Parents and most of my relatives smoked (this was 40+ years ago) and friends smoked. I wanted to "fit in" - peer pressure. I wish I'd never picked the damn things up and encourage anybody who hasn't been smoking for a while to quite asap; the longer you do it, the harder it becomes to quit. Good Luck to those who do quit!

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I started when I was 21 because I "could". I was an adult! Quit once and started back. About to quit again next month. I have a target set for my 50th birthday. On a side note, @jha1223, why aren't e-cigarette deals allowed here? They are better than the real thing. Cigar deals are allowed though. Go figure. /rant

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When I was a teenager someone told me that if I smoke a cigarette after smoking a joint it would boost my "high". End result it is peer pressure.

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Because that camel was so cool. Now I'm super cool because I just quit. 31 days smoke free and I didn't even kill or hurt anyone. Cheers to being smoke free.

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@jsimsace: No clue. A single cigar can potentially provide just as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes so yeah...

I'm part of ECF (http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com) and can tell you that one website is responsible for me quitting and probably adding years to my life. Although the less attention we draw to vaping the longer we can go without the gov't wanting to tax it to oblivion.

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@jha1223: Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out!

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Congrats, pats on the back, and hugs all around for those who have quit or are in the process.
Me? Diagnosed with severe asthma by age 2, and one of my main triggers is allergy to cigarette smoke. Both parents smoked pretty much my whole life, although they tried to do it away from me. It was still on the drapes, carpet, upholstered furniture, etc.....and on their skin, hair, clothing, and breath for hours after each one (by then, they'd have another one.) If it didn't trigger an asthma attack, the smell often made me nauseous. That's how addicted my parents were. I feel for those of you trying to quit---it's a strong physiological addiction. Mom quit with (her) religion. Just one day (after 25yrs), she asked for the cravings to leave and they (seriously) did. I wouldn't have believed it possible, but she never had an urge to smoke ever again, and it now makes her quite ill also. For Dad, it was nearly fatal lung cancer. Next month marks his 8th year "clear." :D

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@jha1223: I've been trying to get a good friend's husband (age 49) interested in that....but he's stubborn. Very intelligent man (about most things), but refuses to consider trying those. What convinced you? I might send him (or her) that link. Wife doesn't smoke, can't stand it in the house, and they have a 5-year-old son. Husband has converted part of the garage into his smoking den. I love him (as I do my parents), but it's hard for me to be around him at all, and she has severe sinus issues. I can't imagine how they sleep in the same bed! How can I gently suggest (in a different way than we already have) that he consider trying the vapor thing?

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Anyway, I feel fortunate that I was never able to smoke (so to answer the op, I never started), and am also allergic to all the "good" pain drugs----so no addictive worries there, since I can't take them at all, LOL.
My worst "addictive" vice: chocolate and carbs.
Not trying to trivialize nicotine or other drug addiction in the least. But I never understood why friends/family couldn't just quit if they wanted to. I said, "it's simple....just stop." Then, I tried to go a week without chocolate/carbs. As God is my witness, it's a wonder I didn't murder someone!!! I'm not kidding. Actually got into the car and drove 30 miles round-trip to get some at 3am once because of shakes/withdrawal similar to what drug detox is like (not as bad, though). That was my "a-ha" moment. I finally understood. If I had such a strong PHYSICAL addiction to the chemicals in chocolate/sugar/carbs, I could finally understand the addiction of cigarettes, alcohol, etc.
(/end thread-hijack. Sorry.)

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@reginafilangee: To be honest, I went to the site months ago and kind of stumbled around, got confused and just said screw it. Then, I was standing outside on the deck one day smoking and my neighbor closed their sliding glass door after I had lit up. I looked down at the ashtray, looked at the cig and thought to myself, "I am smarter than this. How can I let this cigarette control me?" I went back to the forums, asked for advice on what to buy for a first timer, took the advice and plunked down the 50 bucks. I think the key thing that helped me start it and stick to it was that I bought an extra battery and a few different flavors to try so I didn't run out and fall back on an analog.

Suggest he take a look at the forums. Pay particular attention to the banners in members signatures. A lot of people have a banner that tracks how long they have been vaping, how many analogs they have "passed" and how much money they have saved by not smoking. That finally did it for me.

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Both parents smoked, it was cool. Back in the '60s the warnings were just starting. Started at @ 16, smoked for 40 years, up to three packs a day the last 10 years. Quit nine years ago. Had Wellbutrin for a few weeks. Cried a lot. Still want one every once in a while, for some reason especially when I get in the car. And when I see those damn "quit smoking" ads on TV! Jeez, you watch somebody take a long drag and if there were a cigarette in the house, I'd probably be back at it. Have to admit, though, I'm not nearly as laid back as I was when I smoked. I don't think there's any question but that cigarettes are a mild tranquilizer.

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@coreyking: Hurray for you, one day @ a time.
In 10 days, it's 2 years for me, having smoked roughly 35 years. Cold turkey, no one died. You just have to decide to do it.
Oh, and live with the fact that you did damage, some just won't show up for awhile. Mine is my fault, no one to blame. Move on.
Also realize that you'll always be a former smoker- there is no 'slipping up'.

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Because I was a dumb kid. I stopped for 2 years then started smoking when I was drinking then every day again. I've stopped again but still mess up now and then when I drink. It's really annoying and I wish I could forget the cigarettes even exist!

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I always said I started in college because people told me it would help me stay awake when pulling all-nighters, which is only partly true. I just thought it was cool, because I'd been raised with parents who believed that smoking was the devil incarnate. Once I was out of their house, I was in an ass-on-fire hurry to do everything that I wanted to, just for the hell of it.

Took me until I was almost 30 to quit, after a number of false starts.

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@jha1223: Thanks so much! I'll pass that info along to him and keep my fingers crossed. I am mostly concerned about his health (and that of my friend and their son), but also: he looks at least 10 year older than I, but we are pretty close to the same age. It's sad to see lifelong smokers hit that "magic" age where they suddenly fast-forward a decade in appearance over only about a year or two. Thanks again!

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Because I wanted to. I only smoke a cigar, 2 a month or less, but was a hard cigarette user. I don't mind smoke or hold anything against those that do. But I can't date someone who smokes cigarettes because I will go right back off the wagon(or on if that is where the smokers are). What I don't like is if someone acts like they are better (because they don't smoke) than those that do smoke. Everyone has the right to ruin their body in any legal way they want. If you don't like to smoke, then don't. Don't go to places where people smoke. One last thing, People who smoke should be considerate of others when they do smoke and if you have or are around kids, they should not be exposed to 2nd hand smoke. They are just little guys/gals without a choice of what we expose them to. We as adults should minimize their exposure to adult things. When they are older they can make their own decisions. Just like each of us, as adults, can.