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Mike the marksman
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Sep 19th, 2019 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

15 and still going. I've quit a few times in the past few years and started again, and am now about to quit again, I've gone from a pack a day to just a few cigarettes a day. I hate smoking anymore but it's so tough to quit.

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 08:42 AM, Sep 19th, 2019)

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mom and dad both smoked. When they got their first air conditioned car Mom would smoke with the widows up. I couldn’t stand it. I never smoked cigarettes, never even tried them. I did smoke a pipe occasionally. Smoked cigars on and off for a few years. Still have a cigar on the rare occasion. Stopped drinking alcohol about 26 years ago.

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American Patriot

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Sep 19th, 2019 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never started smoking. I've had second hand smoke but I've never smoked a cig. Only thing I smoked was some dried grapevine down in the woods. It burned my mouth so I stopped.

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Sep 19th, 2019 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Started smoking at 16 while working in my Dad's art studio. It intensified in the Army, where I worked in Communications which is populated by stress junkies. Coffee and cigs were a basic food group. My new bride smoked, too.

Finally quit after fifteen years. My young daughters made me promise to quit when I left for a tour in Korea, and they held me to it. I quit cold turkey on the third serious try. I was so ornery that I got into some drunken fights and my troops begged me to start smoking again.

Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I've ever done.

littleuch
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Florida

Sep 19th, 2019 08:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I've ever done."

It was hard, yes. But I'm fully convinced those effective smoking commercials got it right with "Quitting smoking is hard. Cancer is even harder"

mfitz804
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Staten Island, NY

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Sep 19th, 2019 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never even tried it. Both of my parents smoked when I was little and I’ve always been disgusted by it.

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Florida

Sep 19th, 2019 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

You're fortunate Mike. Both my parents smoked, I'm sure an added lifetime of 2nd hand smoke. I think it would be more likely I never picked it up if they never smoked. As it were, smoking killed my dad at 66 and I'm certain contributed greatly to my mom's life long health issues. The fact that she made it to 78 is astounding.

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Motor City, USA

Better get hit in yo' soul
Sep 19th, 2019 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I started smoking late in high school, went for about 10 years, quit April 13, 1978. It was a Thursday.

slacker
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Hawkeye Country

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Sep 19th, 2019 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried cigs once when I was in Jr High. They were awful and that was that. Similar with chew. I tried it in high school and was sick all night. Never again.

Honestly, I've always wondered how people get hooked on either one...they were so nasty I can't imagine going back for more. I feel fortunate that I didn't since I have a very addictive personality.

Timmer
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Shreveport, LA

There I was one night...
Sep 19th, 2019 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

First time I inhaled a cig I got sick as a dog. 13 yrs old. Never kept at it. Still smokes cigars occasionally on a weekend evening.

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Staten Island, NY

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Sep 19th, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"You're fortunate Mike. Both my parents smoked, I'm sure an added lifetime of 2nd hand smoke."

I remember being in a car with both of my parents and both of my grandparents, all of them smoking with the windows up. Completely awful.

They both quit somewhere around my teens and that was a very good thing. I do not miss the days when people would sit around indoors smoking at all.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Sep 19th, 2019 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

My stepfather was a heavy smoker - cigarettes, cigars like Tiparellos, and pipes. As kids, I don't think we noticed it much as everyone seemed to smoke in the late 50's and early 60's. My mother was a social smoker and only seemed to smoke at a party or maybe after dinner in a restaurant.

I don't think, other than weed, my siblings ever took up cigarettes. I liked the social aspect of it when I was a teen. When I became a deputy at 23, I'd pretty well quit but started bumming smokes from my fellow deputies (boy, they loved that but I'd buy cartons and hand them out to replace what I bummed. Most guys finally said to buy my own even though they were ahead on the deal). After I left that gig, that was it and I simply stopped smoking but made up for it with weed and hash...

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Sep 19th, 2019 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Smoked sporadically starting age 16. Up to about a pack a day at 17-18. Off and on til abut age 20, then quit cold turkey. Quit drinking for a year or two also because every time I drank I'd end up with a cigarette in my hand.

Haven't smoked or had any desire to do so since 1970.


Jake
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West Chester PA

Wait, what?
Sep 19th, 2019 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good luck to those trying to quit!

davywhizz
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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Sep 19th, 2019 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I started and quit the same night in 1974. I was working as a driver, delivering beer and cigarettes to pubs and clubs. By the end of each week I'd have at least 200 cigarettes, in packets of 10, given to me as tips by customers. All of my friends smoked, so I was really popular when I distributed the stash on Friday nights. One week I decided to try smoking and must have got through ten or so cigs, along with a load of beer. I've never felt so ill, before or since...So that was the end of my smoking career.

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Houston

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Sep 19th, 2019 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Never tried smoking, did a lot of other stupid things though.

I keep joking with my wife that I need a bad habit, and I'm going to take up smoking at age 46.

She told me find another place to live if I do. Ha!



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Hawkeye Country

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Sep 20th, 2019 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I do not miss the days when people would sit around indoors smoking at all. "

That was my most hated thing about being in a band and what ultimately broke up our band. We had a lead singer and a keyboard/singer that both had serious issues with the smoke and quit because of it.

I used to come home and undress in the garage and go take a shower before going to bed. I'd still end up with a pillow that smelled like smoke.

The made smoking in bars illegal here about a year after we disbanded.

littleuch
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Florida

Sep 20th, 2019 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Having quit 5 years ago (wife still smokes) I find it incredible that there was a time that we (and practically every other smoker) smoked indoors and on the job. Both my parents smoked inside. Those walls weren't really off white. My wife and I quit smoking indoors around the late 80's. I use to save my first cigarette of the day getting situated at my work desk in the morning. Most people had a filthy ashtray on their desk.

It is a crazy, crazy habit. I watched my dad die at 66 from what started as lung cancer then metastasized to multiple areas including his spine. That crippled him for the last cruel year of his life. Did it make me or the rest of my family quit that stupid habit? A few of us yes, but the rest of us only for a while. My mom was sneaking cigs like a teenager in the last failing months of her life. One brother quit permanently. Another and I struggled off and on over the years, both finally (hopefully) setting it aside. We blame genetics for the multitude of health issues we suffer, but we know. We know.

HenryJ
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Sep 20th, 2019 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was a freshman in college, I had a roommate who smoked. So I bought a pack, went trough it, and quit. I didn't get hooked.

I think it was because (don't laugh) I didn't inhale. I didn't get the serotonin from the tobacco smoke and thus did not become addicted.

I am SO GLAD the world has become largely smoke-free.

Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Yeeeehaaaa!
Sep 20th, 2019 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

A few hellion friends and I smoked a few cigs when we were about 10. I took it up as a habit at 16, smoking good ol' Marlboro Light 100s, then Marlboro Reds, then Camel Lights.

I stopped the steady consumption by age 20, and got into the mode of maybe a pack a week. By age 21 got into the odd mode of being a runner, and still smoking on occasion....usually just binge smoking whenever beer drinking sessions would start up.

By my 30s, the running ramped up, and the smoking went way down, to the point I would only do it over at my redneck neighbor's backyard for Sunday night horseshoes.

Totally quit after the horrific alcohol-cigarettes-no food event that was the New Year's Eve/Day of 2001 (age 37). The hangover was epic. Have not touched one since. Not even a drag.

Trips to the garage, now that's a whole 'nother story.

(This message was last edited by Charlie Macon at 09:41 AM, Sep 20th, 2019)

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