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Old 07-20-2011, 05:40 AM
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Most of my family were heavy smokers. At least on my mother's side. So I've grown up watching lots of people do it.

In my personal case, my mother went out for the evening, leaving behind a packet. In my infinite stupidity, I decided to try one. Absolutely freakin loved it. Took to it straight away. No coughing or anything. I just sat back and smoked.

Thankfully she quit soon after and I wasn't in a position to buy my own, so that was the end of that.
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Originally Posted by CamelMan324 View Post
Hey guys, I was just wondering what made you guys decide to start smoking in the first place? I guess my reason I started was mainly because of my folks at home, my parents were smokers and alot of people in my family smoked, so I guess I just kind of got sucked in by my friends and family

Watching my dad and brother smoke all my life definitely made me curious. I've been smoking pretty much since I was 13. Kinda scary. And sex and the city episodes just make me want to smoke more lol
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:34 PM
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I always loved the smell of tobacco aroma as a little kid (still do) so the next logical thing to do was sneak puffs.
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My dad smoked for 39 years, quit on his 51st bdAY, and dead at 55 (part of it was because of smoking.) so i guess growing up around that propelled me to start. i am 17. currently a 6-8 cig a day smoker.. and i dont regret it!
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i never wanted to smoke cause my granny died and my uncle and some other family and i promised them i would never smoke and well all said i had a so called friend that kept bugging me and so i tryed it didnt like it had a crving smoked a nother got sick said i was never gonna do it again all said i got reallly stressed and bought a pack and firts ones were l&ms theytasested like crap so bought newports non menthol and been hooked and wish i could quit at 19 im smoking 4 at the most aday sometimes less just depanded but i want to quit before im a pack aday smoker like my family members that died from that lung cancer of carse im sad most days cuz i dont want to smoke
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ihatesmoking View Post
i never wanted to smoke cause my granny died and my uncle and some other family and i promised them i would never smoke and well all said i had a so called friend that kept bugging me and so i tryed it didnt like it had a crving smoked a nother got sick said i was never gonna do it again all said i got reallly stressed and bought a pack and firts ones were l&ms theytasested like crap so bought newports non menthol and been hooked and wish i could quit at 19 im smoking 4 at the most aday sometimes less just depanded but i want to quit before im a pack aday smoker like my family members that died from that lung cancer of carse im sad most days cuz i dont want to smoke

Just because you are a light smoker does not mean you will progress to a pack a day. I have been smoking up to 7 cigs a day since I started. Only time I was close to a pack a day was during my trucking days just out of boredom.

But if you really want to quit there are many avenues to help you lessen the craving. I quit for a week twice this month but just miss it too much. I went back and am very happy now. Smoke because you want to not because you have to.
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well all the people i liked smoked back then including my favorite actors or musicians or friends whateva so i started too but to tell you the truth i wish i never started i'm stuck now
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My girlfriend is a heavy smoker, about one pack every day, and for a couple of years I would rag on her about it, especially since, when we started dating, she hid that fact from me. She'd tell me that I didn't understand how tough it is to quit and I'd counter that if she really wanted to quit she would. Finally, just before our summer break, she suggested that if I'd smoke like she did for the summer, at summer's end we'd both quit it'd be easier for her because she'd be quitting with me instead of for me and, if I'd do that for her, I'd understand what she's going through.

At first I was very reluctant because, frankly, the idea of smoking was very disgusting to me, but I decided to teach her a lesson while fully believing what she said had merit.

It took me almost a week to get used to inhaling (she insisted I inhale because otherwise "it wouldn't work"). It took another 6 weeks to smoke as much as she did. In fact, when we were together she'd usually light two, one for each of us.

By the time school started again I reminded her of her promise and she agreed to stop with me. What was interesting to me at the time was how I learned to associate certain situations with smoking, since she would light up when, for instance, we'd get into the car to go somewhere, or right after leaving a movie theater, or while talking on the phone, etc. I was amazed how, even after only 2 months, I would get the same impulse during those times but, because of our agreement and my feelings about smoking and its affects on long term health, I wouldn't give into them.

The problem started when she said that giving up smoking doesn't have to be sudden. So she said it'd be better if we'd "cut back for awhile and then eventually stop completely". Now the new "rule" was to "cut back together" which meant I'd still keep smoking with her. This meant smoking together, instead of all day. So we'd smoke together, typically, as soon as we woke up, after each meal, one when arriving home and one before going to sleep. Weeks passed by and I asked her when we'd start cutting down. She'd say soon and I didn't push it because, I thought, it was working and was better than it originally was. I think a good part of the reason I didn't fight her on this was because, frankly, at this point, I actually enjoyed smoking, though I didn't realize this in a solidly conscious way.

I never admitted to her that those more occasional cigarettes were becoming very important to me. It was even hard to admit this fact to myself, but when we'd light up together I'd get an almost instant feeling of relief. It's hard to describe but it felt similar to drinking a cold glass of water after being very thirsty for too long.

When she started saying let's just have another cigarette together (outside the "normal" routine) because: it'd be nice to share one out on the patio together now, or because it makes her feel closer to me, or any other of the reasons I'd give in. I now realize that I started rationalizing it all using "smoker's logic" like one wouldn't hurt, we've cut down together and that's good, etc.

Before long, probably about another 4 months or so, we were up to her previous, starting, level. It happened so slowly and I see that my mind was playing all sorts of tricks on me. I was even forced to admit my smoking to friends and family because, at that level, it's impossible to hide it and, believe me, that was very hard to do. I didn't even really see how it happened but it did. She was right and I learned a hard lesson about addiction.

Now I realize I'm a smoker just like my girlfriend. I hate when she now says "see what I mean?" "see, it's hard to quit, now you know...right?!" Sometimes said with a sly grin! Whenever I try to quit I get very powerful urges (thirst) and can't stop thinking about smoking and it doesn't help that she smokes and, worse, almost encourages me since she likes when we smoke together. I think she may even get a special thrill out of it since I was such a hard line anti-smoker and now am in the same situation as she is. I still find this all so hard to believe, but I have to admit she was right and I was wrong. It isn't easy to quit. And I was wrong about how much she smoked. I now smoke OVER a pack every day, sometimes close to two packs (I still find it hard to admit this) and that's as much as she smokes too, now that I know for sure.

Don't ever start. I learned my lesson the hard way.

Originally Posted by CamelMan324 View Post
Hey guys, I was just wondering what made you guys decide to start smoking in the first place? I guess my reason I started was mainly because of my folks at home, my parents were smokers and alot of people in my family smoked, so I guess I just kind of got sucked in by my friends and family
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:38 PM
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I started when I was 9. Became a regular smoker when I was 11. Everybody in my family smoked: my parents and 2 older brothers smoked. So it was very easy and natural for me to start smoking. My father was a really heavy smoker, he smoked 5ppd for 45 years.
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