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      23.08.2012 14:30
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      Leave 'em be if they want to kill themselves

      Sadly my wife died last month from lung cancer. Below are some facts whether you like them or not, from me, an ex smoker who, beleive it or not, packed in smoking exactly one year ago today (23rd Aug). The money that the government makes in tax is ca £10 BILLION per year. That's right £10 BILLION, of which only £1 billion goes back into treating smoke related illness's. That's a nice profit don't you think? How much extra tax would Joe Public be clobbered with if everyone stopped smoking? Remember, smokers keep your taxes lower!! Let's face it. If the government really, really wanted to stop people from killing themselves via tobacco they would hike the price skyhigh. But they never will, will they? A smoker can smoke 20 cigarettes, get in his car and drive safely. Can a drinker do that? A smoker will not ring in work the next day complaining he's feeling ill. How many days are lost in UK industry because of smoking compared to the millions lost through drinking? A smoker will not, on a Friday or Saturday night, cause a fight in a pub or club and have the already over-stretched police come and sort it out. Equally, a smoker will not burden the over-stretched NHS with cuts and bruises due to fighting. And who is more likely to urinate or vomit in shop door ways? A smoker or a drinker? All the people I know, who smoke, say they don't mind having to go outdoors to light up and, they also agree with it. So, given the above, don't you think you non-smokers could cut a little slack and go easier on smokers? It's their choice to kill themselves.

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        12.08.2012 17:46
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        I respect your right to smoke but please respect mine not to.

        Whenever I am just going about my business and someone with a cigarette comes up beside me, and i can smell the smoke, i make very rude and very obvious attempts to get their attention like making noises, gestures like wafting smoke away, and coughing loudly. If someone is already smoking when i get there i am very happy to stay away from them, let them smoke, and generally be happy towards the fact that they are at least not smoking near me or in many cases, near children. I respect your right to smoke, but please respect mine not to. Smoking is very anti social at the moment where lighting up is generally seen as a bad thing to do, especially since lots of people seem to move away when someone does. I want them to feel like something is wrong when they just stand next to me, light up and make me cough, it's wrong that I should have to breathe in their smoke when i choose not to. If you choose to smoke, you have a right to do so. In your own home if i am visiting that's absolutely fine, and rightly so you own that house! But in public places near children? No. In my house? In My car? No. I wont tolerate smoking of any kind. I hate tobacco, i hate the smell, the taste, the look of sticks hanging out of peoples mouth's, the how general concept of smoking in fact. Some people smoke and get addicted and it's hard to quit I understand that but i don't want people to quit altogether, i just want it to stop getting in the way of my personal space in places like parks and my local pub (when the doors are open the smoke blows in from outside.) I have often used the phrase "Smell's like cancer" when around people who are smoking and on the many number of occasions that I have done it there has been silence. No response at all. It's an incredibly rude thing to say and I say it deliberately very loudly and then have a calm and relaxed face afterwards. This is because it's more rude to smoke in front of my face! I think the anti-social vibes given off by smoking are right, it should be, and i will continue to make rude remarks when the time calls for it. It's a cancer risk to smoke and i simply say something a little uncalled for, I think it's fair to state that. I want to make absolutely clear smokers have every right to smoke, If i am a guest in a smokers home I almost expect them to smoke, and I will happily wait outside come rain sleet or shine! But if i arrived somewhere first and you start smoking near me i don't have a chance to avoid you and I will make it very clear that i am not happy.

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          19.03.2012 21:11
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          not worth it.

          So smoking. A touchy subject for some, I'm sure. There are a few schools of thought on smoking; one of the rationales is that smoking is better than being stressed. However, studies show that smokers are actually more stressed than the average non-smoker. I have to say that smoking is one of my bug bears and I am so happy that in 2006 it was made illegal to smoke in a public enclosed space in Scotland - now I can actually breathe! So, what are my experiences of smoking? As a little girl growing up in Scotland seeing people with cigarettes seemingly surgically attached to them was an unavoidable occurance. In my family there are a few people who smoke and when I was younger I did think it was 'cool' to smoke because the people I admired were doing it, despite them all telling me how horrible it was. Both my parents aren't smokers at all so I never experienced smoker parents. Through high school it was a mixed bag when it came to smoking. If you smoked you were a little edgy and brave and there was some people who thought that smokers were messing up their health and were smelly. Again, I was fixated on thinking it was 'cool' to smoke. Luckily I never got into smoking at all. It looked edgy and cool but there was also the fear of lung cancer lingering in the back of my mind so I figured I'd be better off not smoking. Fast forward to me being 18 and my 20 year old boyfriend's mum being a smoker. First of all my boyfriend's room was at the back of the house and was an attic room. The door was very flimsy and had a big crack under the door and despite the build of the house allowing for privacy it didn't stop smoke floating up and choking us. It was pretty awful, especially when you'd leave the house smelling like an ash tray and with an incredibly sore throat. His mum would go to the back door to smoke which meant the smoke traveled up to us, three flights up! Lord knows what damage that had done to my non-smoking boyfriend but it really made me angry that she couldn't be bothered to go and sit in their garden. Fair enough it's her house but it was also the health of two people who chose NOT to smoke. I would find myself going to his house less and less just so I could avoid the smoke as I found it triggered my migraines - not only that but long term exposure to second hand smoke is no laughing matter - people who breathe in second hand smoke are at the same health risks as the smokers themselves, for a start. I find it utterly selfish that even though about 96% of people know the risks to others around them that they just continue on smoking anyway. Yes this country is supposed to have a ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces but I've found where people can get away with it, they'll just smoke anyway. In bus shelters, for example. To be honest I don't give a rats butt if you get wet in the rain. If you're going to smoke, take it away from me. Another pet hate is when I am attacked with smoke fumes outside the supermarket. Every time I go into a shop this happens and it enrages me no end. Especially when certain people actually blow their manky smoke all over me. Yeah, thanks for that. But lets not forget not every smoker is in this category. Some smokers will actually do the decent thing and go out of their way to avoid me if they see me coming - especially so because I have a toddler in a buggy. I remember one time I saw a man about to light up his ciggy and he saw me and my son coming in the other direction. He waited the 1-2 seconds it took us to pass before he lit up. Thank you Mr Stranger if only more were like you! There are also the younger generation of smokers who move away from me if they see me coming, out of decency. I'm fine with people smoking - okay, I'm not, but it's not my choice whether people smoke or not so I can't do anything about it - but please just don't blow smoke right in my face! Another thing that grinds my gears about smokers: smoking related illness and disease. Just how much are they costing us on the NHS? And how much of that could be avoided if they had given up smoking? As you can see this is something I feel strongly about. I would be happy if everyone gave up cigarettes tomorrow but clearly that isn't going to happen. I'm very happy that tax money is spent on iniatives to get people off the ciggies but it does irritate me when tax money is being spent on those who smoke through their own choice and then end up sick as a result.

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            18.06.2010 14:00
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            "Now Skeeter - he ain't hurt nobody"

            Smokin' - I grew up with parents who smoked Woodbines which did not have filters and neither of them died with lung cancer. Personally, I hated the smell of cigarettes and never had any desire whatsoever to smoke myself and would not go out with boys who smoked because kissing them was not a pleasant experience. However, I have now been a smoker myself for about 30 years and will continue to do so for as long as I choose to smoke, but I have always tried to be as considerate as possible towards non smokers when in their presence. The current attitude towards smoking is becoming ridiculous and I can only see this getting worse, but it has now been announced that a lack of B vitamins is thought to cause lung cancer, so maybe smoking isn't necessarily the bad guy after all. It's a well known fact that particles from diesel fumes are highly carcinogenic and let's face it we are breathing those in on a regular basis in addition to the multitude of other chemicals to which we are routinely exposed. Before the smoking ban I've witnessed non smokers in pubs waving their hands around to waft away smoke and twisting up their faces in disgust. This was in warm weather when they could have sat outside but chose to sit at the bar because the "conversation's better". Now we smokers have no other option but to sit outside and lo and behold so do the non smokers! You just can't get away from them and still they complain, even in the open air! It's refreshing when holidaying abroad because almost everyone smokes and you feel a lot more relaxed when lighting up in public. Bars and restaurants make it clear that smoking is allowed, with smaller 'non smoking' areas provided, thus making the non smokers the minority for a change. It always seems to be smokers getting all the flak when surely drinking to excess is worse - at least smokers are not falling down, fighting or vomiting all over the place. And would obese people like it if they were informed that they could not eat in a restaurant because their size may deter other diners? One of the many injustices caused by the smoking ban is the many older men who like a ciggy with their pint. These guys fought in the war for our freedom - why should they have to stand outside in all kinds of weather if they want to smoke? Where's the freedom in that? Incidentally, I would still have these same views if I was a non smoker, as I believe in something known as human rights, and think that as long as you are not directly inflicting harm on another being, whether animal or human, or breaking the law, you should be allowed to live and do as you see fit. Live and let live.

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              09.06.2010 18:00
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              You are not allowed to be racist, sexist but you can attack us smokers.

              As soon as I spark up a Ciggy in the street, I am bombarded with people telling me "oh, you should quit. It's not good for you" or "think of all the money you will save if you didn't smoke" and I am getting tired of it. Do you get people telling you as soon as you sip your pint "It's not good for you, it will rot your liver" or "be careful, you could turn into an alcoholic". I enjoy smoking so I am not willing to quit. Imagine if people constantly told you every day to quit something you really enjoy, whether that be a glass of wine, packet of crisp or a bar of chocolate. What would you want to tell them? Please think about this before you start telling smokers that it is bad for them or even worse that it's a filthy habit. I believe drinking to much is filthier than smoking. I have seen people staggering down the street with sick all down their tops. Do strangers go up to them and say "you shouldn't have drunk so much". Definetly not as they are more likely to be told to mind their own business (but using swear words) or get thumped in the face. There are smoker out there who want to quit and good for them, afterall it is their decision. I will pass on some advice to those people, you must want to quit for the right reasons and not because somebody is pressuring you to. It needs to be your decision alone if you want to succeed.

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                28.02.2010 22:14
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                Not something you want to start and really hard to give up.

                I have not smoked now for nearly 5 years and to be honest with you, I could smoke one now. This is just my personal opinion about smoking and it may not apply to others so please don't hate my opinion. ***How it started*** I started smoking when I was around 13/14 years old. It wasn't due to peer pressure or even because my parents did, it was because I wanted to. I would smoke Lambert & Butlers and smoke around 10-20 a week. Back then 10 fags were around £1.09 and a lighter around 20p and I would use my dinner money to buy them and hide them in my school bag. I smoked on and off for a couple of years and ended up smoking rolling tabacco as I couldn't afford the other ones. ***When I stopped*** I got pregnant with my first son. I am ashamed to admit that I didn't give up straight away but cut down. I went from smoking 20 a day to 3 a day. It was only when my son was born, he was a healthy 8lb 1 oz so, that I gave up. I noticed one day that I looked pathetic in the mirror and my son smelt of smoke. ***How I gave up*** I woke up one day and said thats enough. I tried one week of patches but found that they made me dizzy and when I took them off, I just needed one straight away. I decided that I would have to just do it with pure determination and I did. I haven't had one since that day. ***Why I gave up*** How can I possibly tell my kids not to do it when I smoke? I hate the amount of money it costs - a pack of 10 now cost £2.89 upwards. You smell horrible. Anti social. Health reasons - My dad was diagnosed with throat Cancer and it is terminal. ***Conclusion*** Smoking is revolting, but not something that you can easily stop. I have a massive amount of sympathy for people that smoke and want to give up. It is the hardest thing to do and I still, even now, after so many years, I could still have one. It has become so anti social, what with the bans, that more and more people have given up. There is a guy in Blackpool that owns a pub. He is going to court all the time as he is still smoking in his pub and the police are arresting him. He claims it is against his Human Rights. I am behind him and have even signed his petition. I have noticed and do get really mad when the NHS and government go on about how bad smoking is, and then up the price to 'prevent' people from doing it. They glorify drinking. They extend drinking hours to 24 hours and make the advert sexy and appealing and then put pictures of blackended lungs on a pack of fags. I don't remember seeing a bottle of baileys with a poisened liver on it. They then ban smoking in all public places??? Confused. I also don't understand how much they go on about smoking and how dangerous it is. When I smoked, I never got into a car with a fag and killed anyone. Yet people, when drinking, have killed themselves and others in their cars. So to solve this, the government have extended the drinking hours?? My partner smokes and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. The only thing that annoyed me, this was when I was a smoker aswell, is when people smoke at the dinner table. It is rude and ignorant. Smoking is an addiction. It has been noted that it is more addictive than heron. Yet heron addicts get help and support and smokers have to pay for their patches? If it is so bad for your health, then why don't you get patches on the NHS?? I was offered no support and luckily, was able to do it myself. But if I hadn't, then I would be then addicted to the patches and also very much out of pocket. Anyway, surely there are other issues in our country that need addressing? Leave smokers alone until they have enough power and courage to give up.It is something they need to do, not to be bullied into it.

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                  28.02.2010 19:20
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                  Not all smokers are inconsiderate

                  As a smoker especially these days I find I get annoyed by a reputation that we are all killing people, we're ignorant and rude and just dont care. While I cannot justify smoking (yes I am a hypocrite as it's something I wish I had never started) I will stand up for smokers rights. I get angry at the amount of bad press that smoker get over passive smoking. Yes it's bad but wheres all the yelling going on about car fumes which we all have to suffer in everyday life which is just as harmful in my opinion. Again the bad press about nhs costs to treat smoking related illnesses. Hmmmm while I dont have the statistics I do know that what the goverment spends on smoking related illness is by far still in profit from taxes on tobacco. This in my opinion is a mute point and one which people who get on their high horse (usually non smokers) like to forget about. The newest big thing is not being able to smoke in certain places. Now while I agree that smokers shouldnt be shoving their smoke down other peoples lungs I do feel this measure has become rather extreme. For instance I know someone who works in a hospital and is no longer allowed to smoke on the grounds. Fair enough you may think but wrong, this person during their break has to go outside the ground thus making it more difficult for them to be called upon in an emergency. What was wrong with the old days where smokers were set aside a little area within the grounds and could only smoke there? Surely a far better solution than making someone go offsite. Yes the world would be a better place if we all gave up, but by cutting down the amount of places your legally allowed to smoke has not actually benefitted many people at all. It would have been far better to have just made certain areas a smoking area as opposed to stopping it completely in bars for instance. This way it gives people the choice. If the goverment really cared about non smokers and passive smoking they would make smoking completely illegal. They cant afford to do that though as they get a massive income from smokers compared to what they spend on them. I dont condone smoking even though i do it myself, however I will stand up and be counted when it comes to our rights while it's legal. I have always considered myself a courteous smoker, that means I do not light up inside a non smokers house, I do not blow smoke in peoples faces and if asked to stop politely I would stub out my fag. I just dont believe that nonsmokers should have any more rights than smokers when there perfectly acceptable and workable compromises available.

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                    26.01.2010 16:30
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                    Yuck yuck yuck.

                    I would like to say before I start that I am writing this as a non smoker, someone who has only tried it once or twice and can honestly say I will never ever become a smoker. Smoking, as a habit has increased and decreased in popularity in Britain and the world over the years. It has gone through being fashionable, and not being quite so desirable, and it being part of our culture and the attempts to remove it from our culture. When I was growing up smoking used to be a sociable thing to do. Please used ot sit in each others houses, pubs, restaurants, clubs smoking continuously. Now adays you would not dream of seeing smoking in clubs or pubs in Great Britain. This is because it has been banned in public places. Long are the days of coming home with your clothes stinking of smoke and having to wash your hair really thoroughly to get it out. It is hard to imagine a time when it was OK to smoke in a restaurant. When I go abroad I am still shocked when people smoke over your food. In recent times people who want to smoke have to do so in a designated area outside a public place. This is great, in one way as it discourages people from smoking so much, especially in winter as it is so miserable outside. This is not good in other ways as people who have to walk past a group of people outside a pub or club smoking can be quite intimidated. Another way it is not a good thing is when the smaller pubs cannot accomodate a nice smoking facility they may end up losing money and custom which is not always fair. Smoking is not good for your health, in many ways. It is bad for your skin, it ages you, it is bad for your lungs, your fertility and those around you. In my opinion (and dont forget this is a review we all have different opinions) there are no advantages to smoking. Don't do it!

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                    16.01.2010 13:39
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                    smokers should be made to pay for their own healthcare

                    smoking is one of the most disgusting habits around. in my opinion people who smoke, should not receive treatment for any ilness that occurs relating to this CHOICE they have made. imagine if someone suffering from a smoking related illness was goven medical treatment before your child /parent / parnter / sibling? It horrifies me to think of it! and smoking should definitely be banned in all public place. i work in an estate agents, and have had to value properties where people sit and smoke while you are delivering the information. i know it is their decision to smokein the home, but as we are all aware there are serious risks to helath from passive smoking - same applies to people smoking while walking to work for example - by the time i get to the office i stink of the smell of smoke! horrible habit and should defo be banned in ALL public places.

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                      16.01.2010 12:36
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                      It's A Disgusting Habit That Is Mega Dangerous

                      I'm writing this as someone who doesn't smoke, my dad does so I don't find the smell particularly offensive no more but I wish he'd give up for his health. He was 40 just after Xmas and he said he's deffo giving up before his next birthday, I know he's dead pleased that I've never smoked because loads of my mates do but it's never been something I've wanted to do. Actually out of the 15 people I class as close friends there's only 4 of us who don't smoke, one of them did but gave up quick and I reckon she only started to impress some guy she was seeing. The main thing with smoking is that it KILLS YOU, FOOL! You can't argue that it doesn't because it probably will, there are a few lucky people who don't get cancer and stuff through smoking but I wouldn't ever take the chance like that. My mates uncle is 90 the day after tomorrow and he's smoked 40 fags a day for 60 odd years, he's lucky but my other mates dad got lung cancer when he was 42 and that's pretty scary. I know when it comes to illness loads of people think it won't happen to them but there are other things to think about. For a start smoking makes you stink like an ashtray, like I said the smell of my dad actually smoking isn't THAT bad but when he comes in from work and the house smells dead fresh I think the smell of stale smoke is horrible. He smokes outside most of the time but that stale smell drifts round with him. I was reading a leaflet about smoking the other day and there are some other things it can cause that might be even more scary especially for women. Apart from it making your teeth yellow it can make you get grey hair earlier, gives you premature wrinkles and even send you blind. Why do people smoke when they know all this stuff??? Another reason I COULDN'T smoke is the cost of it because it would kill me to give the bloke in the shop over a fiver a DAY for fags! I'm too tight to do it and I'm glad they're so expensive because at least the cost puts people off now not like when cigarettes was cheaper. NOT RECOMMENDED.... don't start and if you already have then give up.

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                        25.11.2009 23:39
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                        5 out of 5 if you do it right

                        Before I begin tearing apart the fantastical myths that have been put out there about quitting smoking being tougher than the trials of Hercules let me say for the record that I was a smoker for over 10 years and am now off of them since July 2008, at the time of writing 16 months ago without slipping. I have more friends and family than I can count who "struggle" to give up smoking and fail repeatedly, I failed a few times myself and I do accept that it is not easy but to quit you only need to ask yourself one simple question. "Do I really honestly want to quit?" You have to be brutally honest with yourself. If you want to quit smoking then you will succeed if not you will not. If you merely think you want to quit you won't succeed without some insanely powerful incentive. For my father it was my mother getting pregnant with yours truly (I'm the eldest child), for me it was meeting my fiancée, for other members of my family and my friends who have successfully quit it has been other things from a death in the family(which doesn't always work) to just deciding "right that's it, I'm off them" But one thing we all have in common, and one thing everyone I know who has quit smoking all have in common is that we all went cold turkey. It was overnight, no "I'll quit on such and such a day at this time" or "I've bought some patches, now I'm guaranteed to quit smoking" or my current favourite "I quit smoking over 2 years ago by taking these lozenges, except when I'm drinking, but I don't consider myself a smoker anymore" This person goes through a sleeve of lozenges every 2 days at best. Substitution therapy cannot be anywhere near as successful as people seem to think, no one I have ever met who has been quitting via nicotine replacement has succeeded. I would like to make it clear that, as I previously said giving up smoking is tough and there is no denying it. However I know that the human soul / spirit / whatever you want to call it is much much stronger than that addiction if you're ready to let it be. And it has to be as simple as that, now as I said I struggled to quit when I did, for the first week or so I was like a demon, almost eating my hands in desperation of wanting a smoke. But after the first couple of weeks the cravings went away bit by bit and now I cannot stand the smell of them. So to sum it up, the only real way to quit smoking is on the strength of your own mind or spirit. There is nothing that I or anyone else can really do for you other than to encourage you to do it. And substituting one addiction for another is not kicking the habit at all.

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                          More of a way of life to some although its had its effects of my close family, I still do it

                          Tobacco smoking is the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapours either tasted or inhaled. The practice began as early as 5000-3000 BC. Many burnt incense during religious rituals, which was later adopted for pleasure or as a social tool Tobacco was introduced to the old world in the late 1500s where it followed common trade routes. The substance was met with frequent criticism, but became popular nonetheless.German scientists formally identified the link between smoking and lung cancer in the late 1920s leading the first anti-smoking campaign in modern history. The movement, however, failed to reach across enemy lines during the Second World War, and quickly became unpopular thereafter In 1950, health authorities again began to suggest a relationship between smoking and cancer. Scientific evidence mounted in the 1980s, which prompted political action against the practice. Rates of consumption from 1965 onward in the developed world have either peaked or declined They however continue to climb in the world Smoking is the most common method of consuming tobacco, and tobacco is the most common substance smoked. The agricultural product is often mixed with other additives and then pyrolyzed. The resulting vapors are then inhaled and the active substances absorbed through the alveoli in the lungs. The active substances trigger chemical reactions in nerve endings which hightens heart rate, memory, alertness, and reaction time Dopamine and later endorphins are released, which are often associated with reward and pleasure. As of 2000, smoking is practised by some 1.22 billion people. Men are more likely to smoke than women, however the gender gap declines with younger age. The poor are more likely to smoke than the wealthy Many smokers begin during adolescence or early adulthood. During the early stages, smoking provides pleasurable sensations and thus serves as a source of positive reinforcement. After an individual has smoked for many years, the avoidance of withdrawal symptoms and negative reinforcement become the key motivations. I myself started smoking after catching my elder brother smoking and to get himself out of trouble he said i should try it too. Ironic isn't it that some twenty years later it contributed to my fathers death and now my brother has lung cancer that has now spread to his brain yet still i still have no inclination to give up smoking.

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                            28.06.2009 18:27
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                            It's bad... but we know that anyway

                            I am a smoker, I wish I wasn't but I am. The reason I smoke is because I believe it relaxes me and stops me being stressed (which is total rubbish anyway as nicotine is a stimulant). I think the genuinely truthful reason is that A. I am addicted. B. I have not been ready to try and fight the addiction yet. It tastes disgusting but yet I look forward to the immense feeling of relief when I have inhaled that first drag. Cigarettes contain over 4000 different compountds apparently, and the most damagining of these is Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide. The amount of these ingredients varies as to what brand you smoke. I won't bother going into all the disadvantages, facts and statistics. You can find that out anywhere. It does amuse me when I see people smoking lights, smooth or low tar as I feel its rather pointless. My opinion is that if your putting those ingredients in your body on a daily basis it will damage it eventually. I think its more something to make the smoker feel better... "oh well ya know, its a light so its not as bad". SOME non smokers drive me totally and utterly up the wall with their ignorance, when they say things like "oh just give up". If it was that easy then no one would smoke. Until you have walked a mile in a smoker's shoes you will never fully "get it" so stop with the holier than thou attitude please. That being said I do make a point of asking, if I am with my non smoking friends if they would mind if I had a cigarette. I do agree that they should not have to breathe in my smoke. Just because I want to pollute my own body, doesn't mean I should do it to them. I do not agree with smoking whilst pregnant, in any way. I am sorry if anyone who does this is reading but in my opinion it is a totally selfish act. You are knowingly and willingly causing your child damage. Smoking really is a double edged sword. These are my (conflicting) opinions summed up. 1. Smoking whilst pregnant. You wouldn't stand with you hand over your baby's mouth restricting its oxygen when its been born so why is it acceptable when they are unborn? 2. Smoking round children - big no no. 3. I agree with non smokers that they should not have to breathe in our smoke, but on the other hand, we do not smoke in public places anymore so we go outside, but then you still moan when you walk outside - WHERE DO YOU WANT US TO GO?! What is the happy medium? 4. I think reformed smokers are quite often worse than non smokers for preaching about it. I understand the point, they have done it so why can't you; but when they smoked would they have liked to be spoken down to and treated like an idiot? It has to be the smoker that wants to give up - not someone badgering them into it. 4. I don't think non smokers have the right to judge smokers. We did not pick up a cigarette thinking "ooh I'm going to enjoy making myself stink, having bad breath, cancer, COPD, asthma, bad skin, nails and hair.... oooh yes what a clever plan - I am going to start smoking". It usually happens because we start young and are stupid and we spend our lives knowing that we are playing russian roulette - we don't need you reminding us. In an ideal world no one would smoke but the world is far from ideal... *am also writing a review on giving up smoking, this will contain info on WHY I am giving up, the experience of giving up smoking, the problems smoking has caused me and my family etc.

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                              24.06.2009 00:32
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                              rather smoke than drink

                              It's controversial. I like smoking, i enjoy it and i know i'm hopelessly addicted to it. It's harmful, it's cloying, makes things smell but there's nothing better, for me, as a treat after work or as a tool for psychological wind down after a stressful day herding psychiatric patients. I love the taste, i love how the different papers affect the glorious taste of Old Holborn, i love to smoke it in a pipe...The lavender plumes as they waft up and away, the aroma of fresh burning tobacco and the aesthetic of generations glorified through iconic images. I don't like the stains on the teeth though and sometimes i wonder if i should quit after a three mile jog and i loathe the smell of stale tobacco tainted air. There are the obvious risks involved but a choice is a choice, there is plenty of help available to those who wish to quit, prescriptions to chewing gums and maybe one day i will quit but for the time being, it's a privilege and a pleasure to be able to roll a cigarette and take that first drag

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                                15.06.2009 17:43
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                                A habit I enjoy.

                                No-one under 18 should smoke, or consider smoking, and they should stop reading now. I smoked for around 10 years, then gave up around 4 years ago and restarted a couple of months ago. I quit mainly to save money, as the cost of smoking is one of the main drawbacks of the habit, along with health issues of course. There's no escaping the fact it's not good for you, but as another reviewer mentioned, neither is alcohol, lack of exercise or unhealthy foods! I made an informed choice to try cigarettes as an adult (in my 20s) and enjoyed it, subsequently becoming a fully-fledged smoker soon afterwards. Of course, smoking becomes addictive, but some people find it much easier to stop if they wish than others do, I found it relatively easy, and could quit again with little effort. I started again because I missed cigarettes, and my finances are now much better than they were. I've always kept myself relatively fit by exercising regularly, and have only smoked moderately (around 10 a day), so this may balance some of the negative effects of smoking. I also keep my mouth and clothes as fresh as possible, and have never smoked in the company of non-smokers in confined spaces without their express permission. My initial reasons for starting were that I liked the smell of cigarette smoke, needed something to relax me, saw smoking as cool and sophisticated (yes, I know it's unfashionable to say that!), and was generally curious. Millions smoke in this country alone, so it can't all be bad! I enjoy the taste of cigarettes, and the relaxing effects of nicotine. Of course, part of the enjoyment of smoking is satisfying your craving for nicotine, but I also like the taste. It suppresses appetite, helping to keep me slim. I find it keeps me calmer, more so than when I was a non-smoker, and I feel more confident socially as a smoker. All things considered, whilst it's not good for your health or wealth, I'm happy as a smoker and don't see myself quitting again for the foreseeable future.

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