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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%
  • Other…

    2 2.90%
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    Well, I been down the smoking road before. . .cigarettes and cigars, banana peelings and tea, and a few other things. My first cigarette was when I was in Jr. high. But, for whatever reason, I never got hooked. I never smoked regularly, most usually when drinking (after highschool that is) and have extremely seldom smoked since I had married (the second time).

    I agree about the license for the 'smoking bars'. And that little dancing milk man is really a great one !!!

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    I'm too young to smoke. I've always wondered by the way, does different type of cigarettes taste different and is it really tasty? o___O
    I don't smoke, but I drink coffee. ^^
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    New Zealand has a 'no smoking' in public inside areas policy... which was fine for me even though I am a smoker.
    I noticed in Shanghai that there are a lot of places where you can smoke wherever you like... some shops (retail clothing stores etc) have no smoking signs, but who really would smoke while trying on clothes?

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    I don't smoke but have tried it a few times in my life...

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    I am suprised there is only 2 regular smokers on this forum, or perhaps they are just to shy, lazy or ashamed etc to vote on the poll ? I think a lot of people think twice about coming out about their bad habits now days.

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    I started smoking when I was 15, started out at wile drinking and then worked it into my day to day life. After 2 years I was up to 1 pack a day and loosing my breath after walking up some stairs. I thought about my options and after a wile I went over to Snus (Swedish tewing tobacco, comes in small bags witch I put under my lip). Nowadays I still use snus and I smoke a pack when I go out drinking witch is almost never, I still miss the smell (both in the air and on my cloths) and the relaxing feeling of a cigarette. I don't know what will happen in 1.5 weeks when I go to Japan since I won't get a hold of any snus and me really doubt that I will be Abel to get of the habit.

    BTW I grew up with second-hand smoke, both my parents are former smokers My dad used to smoke 2 packs a day but quit a couple of years before I was born and my mom Smoked a pack a day until I was 7.

    Except for cigarettes I usually smoke a cubano for new years and I have tried weed a couple of times when I was younger but I got some kind of allergic reaction to it.

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    On Sunday Scotland became the first place to ban smoking in public places in Britain. Nice to see Scottish decision makers trying to clear the air for their citizens. Why should those non-smokers have to put up with the dirty habit of others? -- a habit that puts a host of carcinegens into the air and into the lungs of others nearby.

    Good on Scotland. I hope the rest of Britain follows suit, as well as the rest of the world.

    What "right to smoke?" Do I have a right to light up a sulfur candle in the middle of a crowd? Or set off a 4-Gone fogger? What would happen if I ran around with a can of Black Flag, spraying it in the faces of passersby at random? I'd be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, and probably also brought up on terrorism charges, and I'd deserve it mightily. So why do people addicted to inhaling an insecticide (not only is it a common ingredient in organic bug sprays that's also its function in the tobacco plant) believe they have a right to spew noxious, toxic, carcinogenic fumes all over the place in public?
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    The rest of Britian is following suit next year. I'm all for it. At least I can then go to a pub and not come out smelling like a cigarette. Good quote, Voices.
    On a side note, Nicoteen falls into the class one poison catagory in the UK. The same as cyanide and arsenic. And animal by-products are also used in the manufacture of some cigarettes. So next time you see a vegetarian smoking you can ask them if their fags are animal friendly

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    I have smoked on and off since I was about 18(freshman at college). I bought my first pack of cigarettes at 14, but I never really inhaled...

    Anyway, I go through phases. I'll start smoking, smoke for a few months, and then quit for a year. I've been on the longest smoking streak that I've had in a long time, here recently, though.

    I started smoking back in August when my in-laws were here and my cousin gave me one of her cigarttes. Here it is at the end of March, and I'm still smoking. I smoke a maximum of about four cigarettes per day, though, so not TOO bad, although any smoking at all is horrible.

    I mean, here I am, raised in tobacco country. I come from a line of tobacco farmers that started farming it when they got off the boat from England in 1622. All four of my grandparents smoke or have smoked. Most of my great-aunts and great-uncles smoke, my uncle smokes, etc. etc. Some have died of lung cancer, some have had strokes due to smoking, and of course, emphysema.

    I always swore I'd never smoke, but when I got into college, it was hard to not smoke when I had friends all around me who did. The good thing about me, though, is that I can quit cold turkey. I can put them down and leave them if I want to. I never "wig out" if I can't have a cigarette. I went a week without one a couple of weeks ago, and I didn't miss them. My cousin comes around, gives me one, and I start up again.

    Oh well. I'll kick it for good one of these days.
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    I normally smoke about 3-5 cigarettes per day, and have since I was 17. I can quit cold turkey too though, so I guess I'll wind up quitting for good one day. I think I'm going to either quit when I finish college or when I get married. I know I know, that's what they all say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    The rest of Britian is following suit next year. I'm all for it. At least I can then go to a pub and not come out smelling like a cigarette. Good quote, Voices.
    On a side note, Nicoteen falls into the class one poison catagory in the UK. The same as cyanide and arsenic. And animal by-products are also used in the manufacture of some cigarettes. So next time you see a vegetarian smoking you can ask them if their fags are animal friendly
    What animal by products are used in some cigerettes? Never heard that one before .

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    When I was in college, one of my friends who was 19 was a smoker. He told us he had been smoking since he was 12. What he used to do in class (before the professor had come in to start the lecture) once in a while to get a laugh was: pinch his nose shut with his thumb and forefinger, take a deep breath -- hold his breath for about thirty seconds to build up pressure and then open his mouth to blow. It was disgusting -- a cloud of black dust particles would literaly come out of his mouth -- obviously pushed up from his lungs.

    At first we thought he had just smoked and was holding it in his breath just before he came into the building. But, to show us he wasn`t, he`d do the same thing after the class ended which was a 90 minute class. Oh man! He said it didn`t matter how long he waited and that he could do this.

    But, after that I did start paying attention to some of the coughing smokers did. And if I looked closely, I could see some black particle dusts coming out of them as well.

    I guess it comes from smokers' lungs. Doesn`t sound attractive and looks even less so.

    Left: Healthy lung Right: Smoker`s lung

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    Calabasas, CA just outlawed smoking in all public places including outside and in your car. We will have to see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokis-Phoenix
    What animal by products are used in some cigerettes? Never heard that one before .
    Some of the chemicals used to combine the various crap that goes into cigarettes used refined animal fats. I know this as I used to work at a meat rendering factory years ago. We had a display of various products that used the finished products and one of them were cigarettes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    Some of the chemicals used to combine the various crap that goes into cigarettes used refined animal fats. I know this as I used to work at a meat rendering factory years ago. We had a display of various products that used the finished products and one of them were cigarettes.
    What brand cigerettes were they can you remember ? I smoke Golden Virginia tobacco, and hand roll it into cigerettes(i gave up "normal cigerettes" as i wasn't happy about all the chemicals/crap they put into all the brands to preserve the tobacco and give flavor to it as it dries out very quickly in comparison to rolling tobacco due to how it is stored) its just plain tobacco and the rizla's/rolling paper is just plain old thin paper with tree gum glue to stick it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabro
    Calabasas, CA just outlawed smoking in all public places including outside and in your car. We will have to see how it goes.
    In your car??? That's insane!
    Sometimes I think about smoking more just a political statement. Smoking has been demonized WAY too much, in my opinion.

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    I don’t smoke, but a lot of my family members do, so I have been around second-hand smoking environment many moments of my life.

    Well I have tried it once when I was 10? It was a left over of my father’s cigarettes and I got caught red handed, and was punished by my action, and I have never attempted to try again afterwards.

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    I can't really remember the brands. Rolling tobacco is fine. It is used in cigarettes and a binding agent as most cigarettes are blends of tabacco not a single one. Rolling tobacco is usually just one type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideki_Matsui_Beast
    In your car??? That's insane!
    Sometimes I think about smoking more just a political statement. Smoking has been demonized WAY too much, in my opinion.
    "A ban on smoking in public places - including bars and restaurants - has come into effect in Scotland."

    ""As a smoke-free nation Scotland can look forward to a healthier future."

    "The smokers' lobby group Forest, however, has condemned the Scottish Executive, accusing ministers of misleading the public over the health impact and economic costs of the ban";

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4845260.stm

    "The group's Scottish spokesman, Neil Rafferty, said: "The ban will do nothing to improve the health of the nation, but it will give a warm glow to those who enjoy telling others what to do."

    "The anti-smoking fanatics will use the ban to victimise and stigmatise smokers even further."

    "They have used abusive and dishonest methods to make smokers feel bad about themselves, even comparing smokers to heroin addicts."

    .... .... ....

    "The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, which had called for a partial ban, fears 140 pubs could close and 2,500 jobs may be lost."

    .... .... ....

    "Individuals who flout the legislation face a fixed penalty of £50.

    The manager or person in control of any no-smoking premises can be fined a fixed penalty of £200 for either allowing others to smoke there, or failing to display warning notices.

    Refusal or failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500."

    Full report;

    "A ban on smoking in public places - including bars and restaurants - has come into effect in Scotland.

    It is being hailed as a step forward for health but critics say it will cost jobs and infringe human rights.

    More than a fifth of smokers questioned in Scotland plan to flout the ban, which came into effect overnight, a poll by BBC Five Live suggests.

    The impact will be watched closely in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where bans have also been planned.

    Last month MPs voted in favour of a total ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces in England, which is due to come into effect in the summer of 2007.

    Reaction to Scotland's smoking ban

    Northern Ireland is introducing a ban in April next year, while no date has been set yet in Wales.

    BBC Radio's Five Live programme discovered that about 21% of smokers surveyed in Scotland planned to ignore the ban.


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    A total of 1,000 adults throughout the country were questioned by researchers earlier this month.

    Of the non-smokers involved in the survey, 37% said they would be more likely to visit pubs and restaurants once the smoking ban was in place.

    Responding to the poll, First Minister Jack McConnell said: "We have to be realistic about this. There are going to be people who will be inconvenienced by the ban.

    "I think that while we will see some people resisting over the early days of the ban, the vast majority of Scots don't smoke.

    "The vast majority of Scots who do smoke want to give up."


    Smoker in Scotland
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    Mr McConnell said this was Scotland's "largest single step to improve its health for generations" and a day of pride for the nation.

    Health Minister Andy Kerr also acknowledged the significance of Sunday's action.

    He said: "As a smoke-free nation Scotland can look forward to a healthier future.

    "A future where Scots live longer, families stay together longer and our young people are fitter and better prepared to make the most of their ambitions."

    Dr Peter Terry, chairman of BMA Scotland, said the day would be remembered as "the time Scotland took a bold and politically courageous step".

    He added: "On behalf of doctors across Scotland, I thank the Scottish Parliament for introducing this legislation that will help save lives which, for too long, have been cut short by the deadly weed that is tobacco."


    SCOTLAND'S SMOKING BAN
    Smoking in an enclosed public place - £50 fine
    Operators of premises face fines of £200 for allowing others to smoke or failing to display warnings
    Enforced by environmental health officers
    No smoking signs will carry a named person to whom a complaint can be made
    Complaints can also be logged by calling 0845 130 7250
    Ban covers most indoor places and workplaces, not homes
    Smoking allowed in shelters which comply with regulations

    The smokers' lobby group Forest, however, has condemned the Scottish Executive, accusing ministers of misleading the public over the health impact and economic costs of the ban.

    The group's Scottish spokesman, Neil Rafferty, said: "The ban will do nothing to improve the health of the nation, but it will give a warm glow to those who enjoy telling others what to do.

    "The anti-smoking fanatics will use the ban to victimise and stigmatise smokers even further.

    "They have used abusive and dishonest methods to make smokers feel bad about themselves, even comparing smokers to heroin addicts."

    Research conducted for Five Live by Scottish Opinion suggests 21% of smokers plan to ignore the ban.

    Those in their teenage years or early 20s were most likely to do so, the poll of 1,000 adults found.

    No smoking sign
    Smokers who defy the ban face a fixed penalty of £50

    The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, which had called for a partial ban, fears 140 pubs could close and 2,500 jobs may be lost.

    Exemptions from the ban include designated rooms in some workplaces, including in adult care homes, hospices, offshore installations and submarines.

    Smoking will also be allowed in police detention or interview rooms and in designated hotel bedrooms.

    Almost 300 business across Scotland have lodged planning applications this year alone for shelters, canopies or beer gardens to make last-minute alterations in the run-up to the ban.

    Individuals who flout the legislation face a fixed penalty of £50.

    The manager or person in control of any no-smoking premises can be fined a fixed penalty of £200 for either allowing others to smoke there, or failing to display warning notices.

    Refusal or failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500."
    "

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4845260.stm

    ......

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    A sad sight to see: A mother and father puffing away in their car while their children are sitting in the back seat.

    Often I see this even with their windows completely closed -- no doubt they want to have the benefit of cool air conditioning.

    I really relate to this because my parents were heavy smokers and my sister and I would pull our shirts over our nose to try and filter it. But, that was when we knew better at around 7 or 8. Really little kids just happily breath in the fumes.

    Some parents think they are doing their children a big favor and protecting them by cracking the window, or even opening it a bit. However, most of the smoke and ashes as they flick it out just comes streaming right back into the backseat collecting there.

    I would like to see parents arrested or cited for smoking in a car with children -- perhaps under something like "negligence, endangerment, or abuse."

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    Quote Originally Posted by strongvoicesforward
    A sad sight to see: A mother and father puffing away in their car while their children are sitting in the back seat.
    Often I see this even with their windows completely closed -- no doubt they want to have the benefit of cool air conditioning.
    I really relate to this because my parents were heavy smokers and my sister and I would pull our shirts over our nose to try and filter it. But, that was when we knew better at around 7 or 8. Really little kids just happily breath in the fumes.
    Some parents think they are doing their children a big favor and protecting them by cracking the window, or even opening it a bit. However, most of the smoke and ashes as they flick it out just comes streaming right back into the backseat collecting there.
    I would like to see parents arrested or cited for smoking in a car with children -- perhaps under something like "negligence, endangerment, or abuse."
    "The group's Scottish spokesman, Neil Rafferty, said: "The ban will do nothing to improve the health of the nation, but it will give a warm glow to those who enjoy telling others what to do."

    "The anti-smoking fanatics will use the ban to victimise and stigmatise smokers even further."

    "They have used abusive and dishonest methods to make smokers feel bad about themselves, even comparing smokers to heroin addicts."


    The above quotes are very true i think, especially for you SVF. Its not that i disagree with what you are saying, but the above quotes apply extremely well to you and that is my point (by the way, if you fail to grasp what i am saying or choose to ignore it, like you do the vast majority of the time, this is not praise i am giving you).


    On a slightly different note, i know an aweful lot of non-smokers who do not like the implications of the smoking ban simply because the governments are taking away another peice of their freedom- it may not directly apply to them, but its still freedom lost none the less, and these things add up in the long run.
    Drinking/alchohol kills thousands of millions of people worldwide, far more than what years and years of smoking does, it tears families and livelihoods apart- if we apply the same sorts of motives for banning smoking to drinking, then the givernment is completely entitled to outlaw/ban that too. I'm sure there would be riots if they did, but it would be no different- it would be just another peice of freedom to do somthing as an individual lost.

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    I used to smoke cigarettes when I was younger and quit when I met my husband. It wasn't hard for me to quit even though I really enjoyed smoking and always kept an extra pack in case I ran out.

    I know many smokers, and most of them except one have manners to smoke outside and care about keeping the smoke away from us non-smokers.
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    I used to smoke when I first went to college... I smoked for 2 years... then I noticed a strange phenomenon... every time I smoked I got a migraine... it was like shock therapy... I quit one day because I didn't want the migraines... and haven't smoked since... funny enough second hand smoke doesn't give me migraines... but strong odors like perfume do...
    Here is an interesting fact... a few people who don't smoke are dieing of lung cancer the major one that comes to mind is Dana Reeve (superman's wife)... so I agree with what previous posters have said... lots of things kill you... I personally think obesity is more dangerous than smoking...
    Here is a point of interest for people who smoke brand name cigarettes in the US... they are all sprayed with extra nicotine... in my stat class we dicussed how the tabacco industry justifies to the government that they have reduced the amount of nicotine they spray using statistics...
    Personally I like to go into a smoky bar... smoke seems to give it an interesting atmosphere... at least to me... but I feel for the employees...
    About that funny cough that smokers get... I have two co-workers who smoke on each side of me... the female smokes 'light' cigs and rarely stinks when she comes back from a 'break'... she doesn't have that annoying cough or gurgle but she gets sick all the time... the guy positively stinks when he comes back... so I asked him to not walk past my cubicle as the odor would wafts into my cubbie... I make him go the long way round... I hear him all day making gross noises... so I guess the point I was trying to make was it is an individual thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Rafferty
    The ban will do nothing to improve the health of the nation, but it will give a warm glow to those who enjoy telling others what to do.
    It will be a long time before it can be proved whether or not the ban has improved people's health - although I'm sure bar workers will cite lots of anecdotal evidence in quite a short space of time. When I was 16 I went out with a smoker for about a year, during which time I suffered from a terrible cough and ulcerated throat. Within days of us breaking up the symptoms had disappeared. Although I can't prove it, I'm sure it wasn't a coincidence. I support the ban not because I like telling people what to do, but because smoky atmospheres make me very uncomfortable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Rafferty
    They have used abusive and dishonest methods to make smokers feel bad about themselves, even comparing smokers to heroin addicts
    If that is true, I think the comparison is unfair in that heroin is illegal and can kill someone much more quickly than tobacco. But I think it's true that most smokers are addicted to tobacco.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokis-Phoenix
    On a slightly different note, i know an aweful lot of non-smokers who do not like the implications of the smoking ban simply because the governments are taking away another peice of their freedom
    What about my freedom to be a non-smoker? Someone smoking near to me infringes that right.
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    Drinking/alchohol kills thousands of millions of people worldwide, far more than what years and years of smoking does, it tears families and livelihoods apart- if we apply the same sorts of motives for banning smoking to drinking, then the givernment is completely entitled to outlaw/ban that too. I'm sure there would be riots if they did, but it would be no different- it would be just another peice of freedom to do somthing as an individual lost.
    I agree that drinking can cause health problems - but smoking kills far more people. Between 1998-2002, an average of 86,500 in England people died each year from smoking-related diseases. In 2004, 6,544 people died in England and Wales from alcohol-related conditions - in other words, smoking kills 13 times more more people than drinking. Even if we factor in alcohol-related deaths that are not so obvious, estimated to be as high as 33,000, smoking is still far, far more dangerous to the health.

    More important to me is that my drinking does not directly affect your health - whereas your smoking directly affects me (not literally yours ). Before I was a boring old married woman, I used to go drinking once or twice a week in a smoky pub. Every time I went there the smoke upset me - it made me cough and sneeze, made my eyes sore and my clothes smell. But I don't remember a single incident in which someone else's drinking upset me. Irritated me maybe

    As I have said before, I would support a compromise - all bars serving food or admitting children should be completely smoke-free (including beer gardens or patios), but adults-only bars where food is not served can apply for a smoking licence - I guess they could find staff who are smokers who wouldn't mind working there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsuyoiko
    As I have said before, I would support a compromise - all bars serving food or admitting children should be completely smoke-free (including beer gardens or patios), but adults-only bars where food is not served can apply for a smoking licence - I guess they could find staff who are smokers who wouldn't mind working there.
    I agree, even though i smoke, i would also settle for a similar compromise.
    There's a pub in my town which allows smoking, but where all the smokers sit there is ventilation right above them so the room/s do not become smokey. This also means smokers and non-smokers can sit together and the non-smokers will not be bothered about the smoke as it is sucket up into the vents right above them before it can disperse- i thought this was a cool idea, as although i smoke i can totally understand other people not liking it.
    There are also plenty of non-smokers i know who don't mind smoking at all, i think a smoking license for pubs would be a good idea though.

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