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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 donft smoke, but have considered taking up the habit in the past.

    0 0%
  • I donft smoke and have never considered taking it up.

    26 37.68%
  • I donft smoke, but quite a few of my friends or family do.

    9 13.04%
  • I donft smoke and very few or none of my friends or family do.

    17 24.64%
  • Ifve smoked before in places where I shouldnft have.

    5 7.25%
  • Ifve always smoked in places where it was allowed.

    5 7.25%
  • Ifve smoked underage before.

    17 24.64%
  • Ifve smoked an illegal substance before in the past.

    19 27.54%
  • Otherc

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    Smoking poll, do you smoke?

    Over the last 20yrs in particular, there has been a great change in the views and opinions towards smoking tobacco and smoking in general across the world, particularly with the onset and actions of various smoking bans taking place in various countries/areas- this is just curiosity poll/thread on smoking, I myself have smoked for many years but have been cutting down a lot recently(the average varies a lot, but usually between 4 and 8 a day, I keep a diary of these things) although I have not made up my mind yet when exactly I want to quit yet, as its not something I want to make a life habit of, if only because of the cost of it and for my fiancé, who although smokes himself, is worried that something may happen to me down the line so wants me to quit by the end of this year(he has plans to give it up when I do).
    This is not a smoking bashing thread (Ifm sure most people are aware of the dangers at least to a certain extent anyways now days of it as well) and please be respectful and polite if you have anything to say .

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    I'm a former smoker. I quit about five times before the last time (hopefully it really will be the last time). When I did smoke I smoked close to a pack a day, and when I would go out drinking I would probably cover that in a few hours. Now, though, it's been I think two years since I quit, and while I've had maybe six cigarettes since then, they still smell pretty awful to me. When I smoked after I quit it was in a time of nostalgia and when I had been drinking, but I think I'm over that now. Anyway, it's nice being smoke-free now, for various reasons. One is not having to freeze to have a cigarette in the winter, another is not having to suffer the oppressive heat and humidity of south Louisiana summers (that was actually what motivated me to quit in the last place). Of course, neither of those would be problems for me now, being in Hawaii, but I'm not going to be here forever. Anyway, that's my story.

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    I have one or two friends that smoke. Me, I've never smoked at all. It seems these kinds of people [nonsmokers] are actually kind of rare these days...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastmagi
    I have one or two friends that smoke. Me, I've never smoked at all. It seems these kinds of people [nonsmokers] are actually kind of rare these days...?
    I would say its the total oposite, there's far more non-smokers or anti-smokers than there are smokers where i live in general, although i don't know about america as i live in england. Everywhere you look over here theres adds and campaigns trying to make you quit, which is really ironic IMO considering there's been a large increase in pro-drinking/alchohol adds everywhere.

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    I'm kinda the oposite in some respects Glenn, ever since i was a child(as far back as i can remember) for as long as i can remember, i always thoroughly enjoyed the smell of tobacco being smoked(sounds weird i know ), in fact, i've always generally enjoyed the smell of alot of burning things like different varieties of wood.
    I went on holiday to Australia over a year ago to visit some of my family for an 11day holiday, in Australia there is alot of Tobacconists/places selling a huge variety of tabacco, i remember finding this great tabacco called "Log Cabin Tobacco" and although it was very pricey thus coming in a metal tin, containing no added chemicals and was not even cut, i thoroughly enjoyed it but it was very satisfying and i smoked very little of it(as less as one or two a day or none at all). Unfortunatly i've never been able to find it since in my home country(England), but if i could i would be very happy as i noticed not only was it enjoyable far healthier in comparsion to the large majority of other tabacco's out there, i also noticed it would be somthing easy to move onto to give up on(i don't smoke cigerettes, just "rollys"/hand rolled cigerettes).
    Even though i dont drink(well, i don't know if you could call 1 smirnoff ice in the last 4months drinking lol ), i still regually go down to my local pubs to catch up with friends or play pool("yay"!), but i always find i smoke alot more when im busy like that. I didn't really give up drinking for any reason in particular, i guess it was just because i could when it came down to it, although i used to drink a huge amount of cider when i was younger(i'm only 20 years old by the way )- i seemed to smoke less though when i used to drink in the past for some weird reason though.

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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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    There are plenty enough anti-tobacco commercials here, trust me (I'm especially referring to those annoying "truth" commercials). Also, I think in California and New York there are bars where smoking isn't allowed, as well as entire restaurants in many parts of the country.

    On a side note, where I'm from is known as "Cancer Alley," and aside from the high concentration of chemical plants in the area I believe it's also home to the highest concentration of smokers. So, not smoking there has been a challenge. Oh well, enough from the Board of Tourism.

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    Now that I think about it, maybe I was just thinking more about the teenagers in where I live, so that may have biased my answer. I live in a suburban area where you'd be hard-pressed not to find a teenager who hasn't smoked (usually marijuana). Can't say much about other areas, though.

    And yeah Toki, I love the smell of burning wood, especially when spring is just around the corner :)

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    Most of the anti-smoking adds we get over here are giving up smoking support group adds, and there are also these adds where they'll have a diary/story of some old person dying in hospital of lung cancer or middle aged mother with children who's just found she's gonna die because of smoking sort of thing etc. These adds are on all the time now days, no kidding- i once saw 13 of them in 20minutes during a series of comercial breaks on the same channel! I guess there's nothing in particular wrong with them, its an honorable cause i guess, but it is just blatant emotional blackmail targetted at anyone who smokes, in a similar sense that some christians will use the fear of hell to make people be better christians i guess.
    But with the crumbling NHS system over here in england, which is in a seriously bad state right now(some hospitals have completely run out of beds now and are beginning to move patients out of the hospitals back into their own homes because of the hospital bed shortage crisis ), with these 24/7 anti smoking comercials that are costing millions of pounds every week to show on TV, i often wonder if some of this money would be better spent back in the hospitals where they really seriously need it ...?

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    My dad tried to counter act a bill that has been passed in Utah. The bill that he was trying to stop was trying to make all bars non-smoking. He tried to counter act it with a bill that let the bar owners have a choice as to whether or not they would allow it. My dad wanted the owners to have a choice, but others wanted a law to prevent smoking. Messed up. It takes away the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsuo Oda
    My dad tried to counter act a bill that has been passed in Utah. The bill that he was trying to stop was trying to make all bars non-smoking. He tried to counter act it with a bill that let the bar owners have a choice as to whether or not they would allow it. My dad wanted the owners to have a choice, but others wanted a law to prevent smoking. Messed up. It takes away the business.
    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 ?

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsuo Oda
    My dad tried to counter act a bill that has been passed in Utah. The bill that he was trying to stop was trying to make all bars non-smoking. He tried to counter act it with a bill that let the bar owners have a choice as to whether or not they would allow it. My dad wanted the owners to have a choice, but others wanted a law to prevent smoking. Messed up. It takes away the business.
    so smoking isn't allowed in bars here in Utah? XD I didn't know that, but then I don't ever pay attention. Also Utah has a law where you have to be 19 to buy cigerettes here so if you ever plan on moving here and your under 19 and you smoke kick the habit >_<

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    I have quit smoking 2 years ago for the following reasons:
    • i am enjoying life, i don't want to depart from it any earlier than i should
    • here in england a packet of cigarette cost around &#163;5.00, that is about $7.50 or 7.50 euros more or less
    • it annoyed the hell out of me to give the greatest part of this money to the government, just so i could slowly kill my self
    • i was very aware of stinking after having smoked a cigarette
    • it is just so uncool to smoke

    To quit smoking is the hardest battle i had to fight, but winning it gave me great satisfaction, inproved my health and left me with the confidence to be able to fight any obstacle that this beautiful but some time hard life places in front of us.
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    I used to smoke maybe 3 to 5 cigs a day and now smoke only if I go out. I first smoked when I was 16 or and it was sort of my 'teen rebellion' thing because I didn't drink at all when I was younger (most people here start with dirnking rather than smoking)... Nowadays I don't have any reason to smoke so I quit it and plan to reduce it even when I go out - there just aren't any benefits to it, you only feel crap afterwards.

    I still think that people should be more respectful to other people's choices, both smokers and non-smokers. There are some non-smokers who are extremely rude to smokers (and vice versa, of course), which is completely unnecessary. It's enough if you politely ask them not to smoke near you... I think that most smokers will go somewhere else to smoke if you ask them.
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    Occasionally only, never made a strong habbit of it.

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    I don't smoke and never thought of taking up the habit. I could never stand the smell of smoke, and at times I try to stay away from smokers because I don't want to the smell to get into my clothes.

    But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma Cherie
    I don't smoke and never thought of taking up the habit. I could never stand the smell of smoke, and at times I try to stay away from smokers because I don't want to the smell to get into my clothes.
    But that's just me.
    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.


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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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    I've never smoked in my life, never even considered trying it. Going back to when I was a kid, I thought it didn't make any sense and was a stupid habit. I hated the smell most of all as I found it absolutely repulsive. Still do. As I grew up, I read about how dangerous smoking is, and later, saw first hand how it can slowly kill when my mom, a lifetime smoker contracted lung cancer and eventually died from it.

    In September of 1992, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, despite surgery, chemo and radiation, she wasted away from the disease, by December, she was bedridden, reduced from a vibrant, active woman to a mere shell, by mid-January, she was gone at only 58, ironically, the same age George Harrison was when he died from lung cancer years later. When I see people smoking, I can't help but wonder if they know what they're getting into, if they know they're potentially shortening their lives.

    But then, it's their lives to throw away if they so choose, so I just worry about keeping myself healthy as best I can.
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    I have smoked in the past, but not on a regular basis and I don't any more.

    My father had multiple lung collapses on and off for 2 years, starting when he was 17, due to smoking (since age 11). His scars were very impressive (looked like he was a fallen angel who had his wings cut off) but didn't encourage me to aspire to them. Especially as thoracic surgery is the most painful you can have.

    However, my main reasons for not smoking were (a) because I was a cyclist more at that time and had ambitions, and (b) I loved singing (and also had ambitions in that direction, but that's another story ^^). I started singing lessons at age 19 and, although I hadn't smoked for several years before then anyway, ever since then smoking has definitely been out of the question for me.

    Oh, I forgot (c) - it was like putting money down the drain.

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    This thread seems to take for granted that "smoking" = "cigarettes".

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    Well, I regularly smoke cheroots.

    Actually, I did forget, I occasionally smoke a hookah, with apple or melon tobacco (not kidding).

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    I only smoke ciggaretts when I go out but I quite frequently smoke shisha.
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