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  • I smoke a lot i.e. 5 or more average every day or almost every day.

    5 7.25%
  • I smoke regularly, but not much i.e. 5 or less average every day or almost every day.

    3 4.35%
  • I smoke occasionally i.e. a couple of times a week or less.

    5 7.25%
  • I smoke rarely or only a couple of times in my life.

    6 8.70%
  • I smoke, but have been smoking more recently.

    2 2.90%
  • I smoke, but have no idea of when or intentions of giving up yet.

    1 1.45%
  • I smoke, but have plans/intentions of giving it up at some point.

    4 5.80%
  • I smoke, but have been cutting down recently.

    2 2.90%
  • I smoke, but I am trying to quit the habit currently.

    0 0%
  • I smoke, but have given up the habit or taken breaks from it in the past.

    4 5.80%
  • I used to smoke but have quit the habit.

    10 14.49%
  • I don’t smoke, but have considered taking up the habit in the past.

    0 0%
  • I don’t smoke and have never considered taking it up.

    26 37.68%
  • I don’t smoke, but quite a few of my friends or family do.

    9 13.04%
  • I don’t smoke and very few or none of my friends or family do.

    17 24.64%
  • I’ve smoked before in places where I shouldn’t have.

    5 7.25%
  • I’ve always smoked in places where it was allowed.

    5 7.25%
  • I’ve smoked underage before.

    17 24.64%
  • I’ve smoked an illegal substance before in the past.

    19 27.54%
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    Quote Originally Posted by strongvoicesforward
    Not just you. Me, too. The smell disgusts me and I try to avoid it as much as possible.
    Strange how some smokers don`t even seem to be aware that they stink.
    "ahem" 'tis not a smoking bashing thread here u'know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokis-Phoenix
    How do you feel on this subject? Do you think that pub owners should have the choice wether they want a smoking pub or not or do you think that there should be certain steps that a pub landlord should have to take if he wants a smoking pub- or do you feel that smoking should be banned completely in pubs whatever the situation/circumstances ?

    Well, for one I have never smoked or ever wanted to, so to me it doesn't matter, in fact I would like to go into a bar and not breath in second hand smoke. But. Yes, I do think the pub owners should have the choice as to whether or not smoking is allowed. I guess there could be some circumstances that may be considered, but I haven't done all of my research, so I couldn't say for sure. The reason I am pro-choice is because there are more non-smoking bars and other areas here in Utah, than there are smoking.
    To me it's just like stores. They should be able to supply or not supply a product if that's what they see fit. Like that one Birth control product that women are after (It's like an abortion, but using a pill). They are suing I think Walmart? just because they don't carry it. If they don't want to carry it then they shouldn't have to. It's starting to turn into socialism. I don't know about you guys, but where I live, we are being forced to have fluoride in the water systems. NOT GOOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsuo Oda
    Well, for one I have never smoked or ever wanted to, so to me it doesn't matter, in fact I would like to go into a bar and not breath in second hand smoke. But. Yes, I do think the pub owners should have the choice as to whether or not smoking is allowed. I guess there could be some circumstances that may be considered, but I haven't done all of my research, so I couldn't say for sure. The reason I am pro-choice is because there are more non-smoking bars and other areas here in Utah, than there are smoking.
    To me it's just like stores. They should be able to supply or not supply a product if that's what they see fit. Like that one Birth control product that women are after (It's like an abortion, but using a pill). They are suing I think Walmart? just because they don't carry it. If they don't want to carry it then they shouldn't have to. It's starting to turn into socialism. I don't know about you guys, but where I live, we are being forced to have fluoride in the water systems. NOT GOOD.
    There's only 2 pubs i really go too in my town, both of them allow smoking indoors(although there's a smoking ban taking place next year i think in places like pubs). The first one is very spacious, its a very large pub with numerous pool tables and things like that- you can smoke where ever you like in it. The second pub is small, but the smoking area has strong ventilation right above the tables and is close to the door- in both pubs they have an outside area at teh back for socialising.
    I don't think its fair that in particular the second pub gets smoking banned in it, because the ventilation prevents any smoke from staying in the room for any period of time and thus the chance or effects of passive smoking are minimal. Although it has no non-smoking area, all the smokers prefer to smoke at the tables next to the ventilation anyways.
    I can understand staff getting unhappy about passive smoking/inhaling second-hand smoke, but to be honest the chances of do so are tiny in the second pub- standing next to a car will probably do you more damage. The first pub has ventilation of sorts although not very effective, but its a large pub so the smoke is often very dispersed, and its usually practically empty for most of the week except on fridays, saturadays and sundays.

    I think there should be some sort of exceptions to the smoking bans in pubs if the pubs in question make an effort to create a smoker and non-smoker friendly atmosphere, taking steps to improve ventilation, having smoking and non-smoking areas in the pub and taking away cigarette vender machines etc- what do you think?
    I agree though in general, as much as the government appears to have honroable intentions, i do not think it should force people to take certain actions like this- England is becomming so much of a "nanny state" now days anyways with less and less freedoms, i still prefer to have the choice over things rather than people to force things upon me- even if i wasn't a smoker i would still probably feel this way.

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    Yeah, I think it would be awesome if they made it smoker, non-smoker friendly. If they were going to force something like that, it should have benefited everybody. But overall, I am still against the new bill.

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    I think smoking is Really nice, the only problem is, when you smoke 1, you want to have another 1 later on.. that's why I stoped smoking, because I don't want to be addicted, but yeah sometimes I miss a nice cigarete , especialy when drinking coffee and having some nice conversations, or when I feel REALLY bad...

    I smoked stuff also before, especial when I was in australia, and of course here in amsterdam with some friends on a boat, in the park with some beers.. aaa that stuff was just great! Damnn I feel old now hahaha... The last joint I took is already 1 year ago, and last cigarete is around 2,5month ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik
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    I've only smoked when fairly drunk, and even then I make it a point not to inhale most of the time. Like a cigar, just having the tobacco smoke in your mouth can create a nice buzz that accompanies alcohol well. This might be lost on regular smokers, but as someone who's done it maybe 6 or 7 times in life, it's kinda neat. I hate the smell that gets into my clothes, though.

    As far as smoking other things...let's just say I hang out with a lot of people who vote for the Green Party
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    Many Smokers: "Ahem."
    And the hacking coughs. And, what about those gurgling phlegm sounds that just never seem to get coagulated enough to pop out?

    I have met people in their early 20's who have smoked since junior high school and they have that hacking cough or that gurgle sound when they try to get the plegm up. I am just wondering, do smokers think they can pass that off as a regular cough? -- or do they sense others around them are looking at them knowing they have the tar lined lung cough?


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    There is kinda racisme going on against smokers sometimes I think, it's getting harder and harder for them, to do their pleasure stuff, something they sometimes just need... banned from cafe's, and puplic places, its SOOO UNCOOL to smoke... so yeah even I know that this rules are good, and WHY SHOULD WE SMOKE THEIR STUFF, WHILE WE DON't WANT TO.... but yeah I feel for them.. you get what I mean??

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    It's not racism unless it's discriminatory against a race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    It's not racism unless it's discriminatory against a race.
    So how would you call it then?....

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    Discrimination against smokers, I would assume. Unless you wanted to coin a new term: "smokism." But I don't think that works very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strongvoicesforward
    And the hacking coughs. And, what about those gurgling phlegm sounds that just never seem to get coagulated enough to pop out?
    I have met people in their early 20's who have smoked since junior high school and they have that hacking cough or that gurgle sound when they try to get the plegm up. I am just wondering, do smokers think they can pass that off as a regular cough? -- or do they sense others around them are looking at them knowing they have the tar lined lung cough?

    Well this may sound weird to you pork chops, but i've never had "smokers cough" or a plegmy throat or whatever. I don't think its somthing that every smoker does, from my observations though i believe its a result of chain smoking more than often, which i don't do- so i couldn't say what other coughing smokers think about other peoples opinions of them when it comes to that .
    I've seen hundreds of people over the years that do that gross gurgle sound or hacking cough who have never smoke a cigerette in their life too, even health-loving vegetarians...I once knew a kid about your age years ago who did that 24/7 for years on end(he wasn't a smoker), grossed me out all the time .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Baka
    So how would you call it then?....
    Its discrimination against a group of people, i think though probably mostly because its socially acceptable to do so now days, perhaps even socially admirable, even politically correct in some senses.
    Now days for example its seen really bad to discriminate against obese people, but then again you could also hold a grudge against obese people in a similar sense in saying "Oh well, i don't think the money i pay for tax should go towards paying for the care of some fat person because they've got an eating disorder etc"...

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    I don't smoke (tobacco), but did for a short time in first year of high school (not very proud of it).
    Sometimes I get this need for cigaret, but fortunatly nobody in my family smokes and I don't want to buy them :P
    On very rare occasions I smoke other... stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokis-Phoenix
    i always thoroughly enjoyed the smell of tobacco being smoked(sounds weird i know ),
    I like slight smell of tobacco on my clothes - when I come out of bar or club. Yeah, I agree, it does sound little weird *teehee*

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    I started smoking in high school when I was 13, then quit last year aged 21.

    I still enjoy the smell of smoke though, and I'll take the side of smokers when it comes to matters political.

    I still miss smoking sometimes (like right now for example), but I wouldn't start again as, above all else, I enjoy having a sense of smell.

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    Hey, Shaylee - and I thought I was the only person in the whole world who actually didn't mind the smell of second-hand smoke on their clothes! I put it down to nostalgia - gives me that "ahh, the memories of good nights out when I was younger" feeling!

    As far as smoking in bars and pubs, I don't know yet what I think... I can understand it is a problem for people who have asthma or other breathing problems, and yes, why should they have to breathe in smoke when they go out? It's an unhealthy habit... but on the other hand, people need some freedom too. I mean, if the government suddenly decided to ban smoking altogether, even such an extreme measure would be more understandable than this allow-it-but-kind-of-rely-on-social-disapproval-to-keep-it-in-check approach. If the Powers That Be said "It's bad for you, it damages your body, people shouldn't do it (not even a little)", then I might grumble or whatever, but you can kind of see where it's coming from even if you disagree.

    I think a pub or bar ought to have a seperate room for smokers, that's well-ventilated with extractors etc. It doesn't completely solve the problem but it helps. Also it's better for the people who work in the bar; they don't get the choice except to be in a smoky environment otherwise.

    Maybe one solution could be to have a kind of 'license' to have a smoking bar/pub? Basically so that the local whoever is responsible for town/city planning can keep an eye on the proportion of smoking and non-smoking bars, and keep a balance of both. For example, if you want to open a new pub, and there is already 65% of smoking pubs, you wouldn't be allowed to open another one but would have to make it smoke-free. Say a proportion, a city is not allowed to have less than 30 or 35% non-smoking pubs.

    I'm rambling....

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    I have never smoked in my life. My parents smoked when I was very young, but they both gave up over 25 years ago. None of my friends or immediate family smoke. I hate the smell of smoke and choose not to go anywhere where people are smoking. Sometimes I don't have a choice, if I have to go to a 'do' where people are smoking - as soon as I get home all my clothes go in the washing machine and I go in the bath!

    My local pub is half-and-half. Until this week you had to walk through the smoking area to get to the non-smoking, which was a pain. They swapped it over at the weekend and it was much better. I would be happy for it to stay that way. When it gets banned next year, smoking will still be allowed on the patio, which runs the whole length of the pub - I think the smoke will come in through the doors and it will be worse than how it is now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kinsao
    Maybe one solution could be to have a kind of 'license' to have a smoking bar/pub?
    That sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsuyoiko
    That sounds like a good idea to me.
    Me too. Rather than the wholesale banning of smoking in bars/pubs, this license idea sounds like a good compromise.

    And Parker, I like your avatar!

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    I have the perfect Non-Smoking commercial. But I won't share it because I don't want it stolen.

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    I started smoking when I was about 11, no pressure, just curiosity killed the cat.... I had part time jobs so never had to rely on my parents money to buy cigarettes, so when they found out (around 12) they couldnt really say anything, because I was always told, if I earn my own money, I can spend it on what I wish.
    However when I started hairdressing (16) I stopped smoking in the day, just because I didnt want to smell like an ashtray whilst working.
    Sometimes (once in a blue moon) I will have a cigarette in the daytime, usually on holiday, when it just seems right.
    I enjoy smoking though, and when the time comes to quit (when I am pregnant or married to someone who doesnt like it) I think that I will be able to do it really easily. I dont need to have one everyday, but I LOVE smoking when drinking.

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    Nope. I don't smoke. I've tried it though and I did not like it at all. That was way back in high school. Actually it was for practice so I could try weed next. Weed is fun. Didn't make it a habit though. Just puffed some at parties.

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    **** **** ****

    I have been a sports-freak all my life... 29 years that is... but this year I have stopped practising and I am guilty of taking u pa bit os smoking after breaking up with my ex...

    I smoke on the weekends.. while have a few (lot) drinks..

    gosh.. u dont realize it until u write about it.. I guess I became s smoker... ewww.... I shouldnt be.... now I am a bit

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