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Windows 7: How/Why do most people start smoking? (A Poll For Curiousity)

View Poll Results: How/Why do most people start smoking? (A Poll For Curiousity)
Curiousity 5 16.67%
Friends 10 33.33%
Family 2 6.67%
Work 1 3.33%
Stress 4 13.33%
Something Not Listed 8 26.67%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

01 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I never was a a kid I grew up with a parent who smoked and still does smoke. Once or twice, I stole a cigarette from my mom and went out side behind the shed and gave it a shot and it did nothing for me. Then, later as I got involved in athletics (Track, Cross Country)...i didn't want to take any chances with my lungs and breathing issues so I never tried it again.

I hear the excuse that I do it for stress relief, but I think if you went outside and deeply inhaled on some pretzel sticks that the slow breathing and breaths would provide nearly the same stress relieving benefits. I'm not taking a shot at smokers here...just saying that this is largely where the stress benefits come in my opinion.
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01 Oct 2010   #12

Win7 Pro-64 Bit

I can't remember how old I was when I started to smoke I was a young fella maybe I began to smoke because our wages at the time was tea,suger,flour.meat and tobacco now I smoke because I'm an addict
It' a bloody filthy habit and like all addictions a destroying force
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02 Oct 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I hear the excuse that I do it for stress relief, but I think if you went outside and deeply inhaled on some pretzel sticks that the slow breathing and breaths would provide nearly the same stress relieving benefits. I'm not taking a shot at smokers here...just saying that this is largely where the stress benefits come in my opinion.
I do agree here to a certain extent.
Having been a smoker for approx. 22years, When I get really irritated or stressed out, it does help me calm down.

But I also feel you are on target here in the sense, the large majority of it is pure habit, and pshycological.
And actual addiction to a smaller degree.
Maybe something along the lines of 60/40 or 70/30. ?? Obviously guessing but it seems that way.

Even knowing that, it still is hard for me though. I find it extremely hard to quit and struggle trying to do so.

I think this may be the reason some start gaining weight when they quit. They have to be doing something with their hands, and choose to eat or snack.
(I did too when I quit and gained a bit of weight)
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02 Oct 2010   #14

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Both my parents and all my aunts, uncles, older cousins, etc were smokers. I started when I was about 13 because "everyone else" was doing it, including friends. But relatives were definitely my reason for starting. My reason for quitting? The cost. When smokes went to 50 a pack that's when I stopped. So it's been quite a while since I've smoked but even today, after a good meal or while enjoying an adult beverage, the urge to light up is very strong.
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02 Oct 2010   #15
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I don't remember any particular reason but I grew up with people around me smoking, both my parents did. I was 16 though when I started and smoked for over 40 years before quitting nearly 5 years ago.

I'd tried a couple of times before to stop but it didn't work but obviously I must have been ready to quit as I found it quite easy, I did use the patch supplied by my doctor.

I didn't put on any weight when stopping, I've always been tall and slim, well that was until my spine collapsed so much.
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05 Oct 2010   #16

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

I started smoking cigarettes in junior high school. I smoked heavily for about eight years, throughout college and four years thereafter, including a stint in the U.S. Army. Because there was no tax at Army PXs (post exchange), a pack of cigarettes in 1970 cost about 24 cents, as I recall.

I started smoking because I thought it was cool, manly, and adult.

I quit at age 25. My last cigarette ever was on May 4, 1974, at 8 pm, in front of Bloomingdale's at Paramus Park Mall, in New Jersey--I think that was the name of the mall. It's on Route 17 north of the Route 4/Route 17 intersection.

I gained about 30 pounds that summer, but I kept telling myself that it was OK to eat more. I said, "Do ANYTHING, but whatever you do, don't smoke." It worked. After six months, I lost the weight through exercise and better eating habits.

Over the years, just about every doctor I'd ever seen for anything said that quitting was the best thing I ever did for my health, behind not starting in the first place.

I'm now 62 and still a nonsmoker. Never had a relapse.
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05 Oct 2010   #17

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

I smoke and i enjoy it. i have smoked since i was 15 and i am now 42.

i do enjoy a cigarette,

i guess thats the addiction,

so kids dont start or you may enjoy it then your f****d

heres a quick sum for you 22 years smoking at an average cost of 20 per week
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05 Oct 2010   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

As one with Asthma and having had two bad episodes with hospitalization (one pre-smoke and one while) smoking was a really dumb activity. I started because my girlfriend at the time smoked and I started by just lighting her fags and then every once and a while I would smoke one. The trouble began when I realized I too could just walk into the store and buy a pack. Quit several times and restarted. I did enjoy it and some ways I miss it, also got a chance to smoke before CA became a smoke free zone. I have no issue with smokers, but for me it was time and I had had my fun with it.
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05 Oct 2010   #19


I started smoking at 13 to be cool, because my friends smoked. And I smoked for eleven years. Now even my craving to smoke is gone and I am proud of myself.
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05 Oct 2010   #20

Windows 7 64-bit Home

i started smoking in college because others were smoking around me and while drinking the curiosity got to me.. once that started it became more of a habit - when im drinking, i need to smoke.

i went on that way for 2 years.. maybe averaging a pack or two a month (because i only did it while drinking, rarely ever smoked while sober.. during finals week some)

july 4th, 2009 was the last day i smoked a cigarette and for a few months before that i smoked only 4 or 5 cigarettes. i just decided that i didnt want to any more and told my self i was going to stop. i would count the days on my dry erase board in my apartment and when i got up to around 30 the first time, i woke up after a night of drinking and reaked of a cigarette. i immediately went over to the calendar and erased all of my numbers and started over with a 1. after having to erase quite large numbers (over 100 once) i finally got it done on that july 4th. what also helped was the fact that i was nearing graduation and moving into a new sector of my life.. it all made sense, and most importantly i wanted to quit.

just dont start in the first place would be my advice, next if you do start because of drinking keep it while drinking, dont transition to a sober smoker.. then when you want to quit, do it. cold turkey. its not hard, you just have to want it.
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