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The Truth About Smoking...

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Ponder this.....The government says that companies lose billions of dollars each year to smoke-related illnesses. Why has there not been a program supported by the government that would make it easier for us smokers to stop smoking? Supply some of the stop smoking remedies....subsidise treatment that curtails smoking..... anything that is suppose to help a person stop smoking. I bet they have spent enough researching it and getting the word out, to have helped many stop.

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It's really quite simple and doesn't require a PHD in something or other: monkey see, monkey do. The same way we take up good habbits (ie brushing our teeth), we take up bad ones.

 

When I was a young boy, it seemed like everyone smoked. Both my parents did. Half of every movie you might see consisited of lighting a cigarette, taking a deep drag, and finally saying something.

 

You didn't have parents, teachers, and just about everyone else telling you how bad smoking was.

 

The worst that was said about it was that it might cut your wind if you were an athlete.

 

All that started to change with the Surgeon General's report in about 1962 or so.

 

I don't know what kid's excuses are today. They certainly can't claim ignorance. But I suspect they start for the same reason.

People seem to do it nowadays to be the "rebel" because nobody does it to be cool. Most people around here think its disgusting, ESPECIALLY if you're a female (hint: MAJOR turnoff). I've seen people who smoke Black & Milds and weed all the time, but refuse to smoke a cig. :lol:

 

For anyone trying to argue that they don't have any large health risks associated, tell (in this order) my friends mom, my grandfather, my great aunt, and my other friend's mom. All of whom smoked cigs and all of whom died from lung cancer.

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ummm......jake i don't need viagra there bud, and the other pack of cigs well someone would have to be really lazy enough to have there teeth look like that. my teeth are white and healthy, you guys have to much on your hands.

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People seem to do it nowadays to be the "rebel" because nobody does it to be cool. Most people around here think its disgusting, ESPECIALLY if you're a female (hint: MAJOR turnoff). I've seen people who smoke Black & Milds and weed all the time, but refuse to smoke a cig.  :lol:

Yes Neo, that reason and all the others. I have seen and used all the excuses ("reasons" and "causes") and I see nothing newer about them now than 45 years ago. :mrgreen:

 

I do not mean to imply that anyone encouraged kids to smoke even back then. I certainly got in a lot of trouble when caught. But it was more like " you're not old enough", etc. etc, like drinking. There were no clear health risks and certainly no issues about second hand smoke.

 

Today, the idea of having a cup of coffee without a cigarette (I am also a coffeeholic) seems much worse than the rack and pinion. :mrgreen:

 

When my kids were grown I said: "Well, you're adults now and can do what you think best. But if I ever hear you're smoking, I will track you down!!" :mrgreen:

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Mohawk, that wasn't meant seriously. I just thought it was funny, lighten up! :laugh:

hehe.. maybe u hit a soft spot for him. :lol: I'm joking.. just joking. :mrgreen:

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And sorry for the double post (if someone hasn't come between mine), but is it so bad that kids get exposed to cig smoke? Fachrissakes, just about anything causes cancer any more in this preservative-laden, artificially-fertilized, microwave world that we live in today. I don't think our grandparents made potato chips with ammonium bicarbonate and BHT, BHA, and all that crap. They ate red meat, medium rare, with eggs and bacon and none of that 2% milk BS. They used real butter, and probably never heard of tofu or yogurt.

Might as well give the 3 year-olds sticks of dynamite and some matches to play with following this logic...

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Mohawk, that wasn't meant seriously. I just thought it was funny, lighten up! :laugh:

i know that :P but the things they put on these cigerrette packs are rediculous. :rolleyes:

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Yeah, my dad has been a smoker for over forty years now, and I've never seen Viagra enter this house. :lol: I would take the other warnings seriously though... (My dad has some of the worst tooth decay I've ever seen! :mrgreen: )

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The memory of that first cigarette-cuppa coffee of the morning stills haunts...

 

The problem is I can also remember what went on BEFORE that first rush: the gagging cough, the funny whistling breath, halitosis like the breath off a week-old corpse, the multi-colored fluids brought up and gotten rid of....

 

Yeah, a MAN'S habit!

 

But the worst of it is, the hook is set so hard that I still miss it.

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These threads make political threads look inviting to join... :P v

Well, don't let that stop ya. Fire away! :P:mrgreen:

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I have to help moderate these forums John!! wouldn't help a thing for me to 'fire away' here...

 

Much as I'd like to!!! :lol: v

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The memory of that first cigarette-cuppa coffee of the morning stills haunts...

 

The problem is I can also remember what went on BEFORE that first rush: the gagging cough, the funny whistling breath, halitosis like the breath off a week-old corpse, the multi-colored fluids brought up and gotten rid of....

 

Yeah, a MAN'S habit!

 

But the worst of it is, the hook is set so hard that I still miss it.

IMO, what you're missing is an illusion. I know, easy for me to say, since I haven't quit. But I do not now and never have gotten "pleasure", per se, from smoking. It's more like avoiding the torture that ensues when you quit.

 

Congrats on having quit. You're a better man than me.

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I have to help moderate these forums John!! wouldn't help a thing for me to 'fire away' here...

 

Much as I'd like to!!! :lol: v

I know. The admin group's gain is our user group's loss, methinks. :)

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But I do not now and never have gotten "pleasure", per se, from smoking. It's more like avoiding the torture that ensues when you quit.

 

Congrats on having quit. You're a better man than me.

I enjoy my smokes...

 

But I'll be nice to those who don't like my smoking...

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John, we are all just as capable of resisting temptation, it's all a matter of what we're willing to do to achieve it. I'm sure you could quit smoking as long as you really want it, and you try hard enough. Don't give up yet! :)

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John, we are all just as capable of resisting temptation, it's all a matter of what we're willing to do to achieve it. I'm sure you could quit smoking as long as you really want it, and you try hard enough. Don't give up yet! :)

Both my parents quit in their late 40s, gained about 70 lbs each, and were dead of heart attacks by their early 50s. I am 54 and have outlived them both. Maybe I'll make 64, I dunno.

 

Wish I had never started tho.

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You're about the same age as my dad! :lol: My dad's been smoking for over 40 years, and he's trying to quit right now. He just got his results back from his chest x-ray, and the doctor told him that he's still healthy enough to quit and considerably reduce the risk of getting cancer in the future.

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There was a woman who lived to be 122 years of age. She smoked during a period of her life, and quit. 54 may seem pretty old, but she was more than twice your age when she died in 1997. You might have another 54 years left in life, perhaps even more, but you never know unless you quit smoking and find out.

 

Also, if you're looking for aids to help you quit, my dad's doctor told him cough drops make a good alternative to smoking. :mrgreen:

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My father observed some lung cancer surgery. The healthy pinkish type lung tissue vs the black carbonned up smoking tissue made a believer outta him right quick! Too late tho.

 

That was 30 years ago tho, and I would think the docs gotta better handle on the whole picture now. I wish your dad the best of luck.! :)

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