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Do you smoke?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 17, 2010

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Photo of Rachel Arnold

“No.”

Photo of Jason Stevens

“No.”

Photo of Zach Hillis

“Yes, maybe 12 cigarettes a day.”

Photo of Jonathan Robbins

“No.”

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JayCat_67 3 years, 5 months ago

No, I don't smoke, but, according to my then 12 year old daughter, the dog's butt smoked while doing her business on a cold morning...

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ndmoderate 3 years, 5 months ago

Today is day 50 of no cigarettes, and I smoked a pack to pack-and-a-half a day for 19 years. I did it with lots of support, LOTS of willpower, and Chantix. Even with the pills this has been the most difficult time of my life, but I can tell you that it's been great to have my sense of smell and taste back, and I don't wheeze anymore, and I have more money and time. And, hopefully my body can heal enough that I won't die a terrible death from smoking-related disease...although I suppose I deserve it, on some level. Kudos to all others on here who have quit recently and not-so-recently!

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 months ago

My mom died 3 years ago from throat cancer caused by close to a lifetime of smoking.

Even in the end, she kept smoking, she was so miserable that she said it was the only pleasure left in life.

She had to be on a mixture of oxygen and helium to keep her throat open; and even with that she'd have to go to the emergency room about once a week (the 'heliox' worked most of the time, but not all.)

This isn't a 'poor me' post, this hopefully will be a post that might just wake up one smoker and move them to quit the sticks of death.

Congratulations to those of you who have quit. I've heard it said more than once that quitting smoking is every bit as difficult as going off heroine.

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75x55 3 years, 5 months ago

Coffin nails.

Pure and simple.

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DGL 3 years, 5 months ago

"Do you smoke?" No, I'm just fat, have high stress, and don't have any purpose in life.

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BABBOY 3 years, 5 months ago

Cigars sometimes on the golf course and even then only if I am playing good. One on the front nine and one on the back nine.

Nothing else.

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sputum 3 years, 5 months ago

How many can remember seeing cancer patients at hospitals pushing their IV stands with one hand and carrying a pack of cancer sticks and a lighter in the other. Heading outside for another smoke. With the back of their hospital gown open and their bare azz hanging out. Skin all wrinkled, brown rotted teeth, with club fingers. It would make a good picture for the new cig packs.

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gphawk89 3 years, 5 months ago

My dad used to smoke cigars and as a kid I thought that was kinda cool. He noticed my interest. When I was about 8 or 9, he lit a cigarette, handed it to me, and told me to inhale deeply. I did, then of course spent a few minutes coughing and gagging and eventually threw up. I decided that smoking wasn't so cool after all.

Then when I was maybe 14 my grandfather, a pack-or-more-a-day smoker, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He quit cold turkey on that day (something I'll always be proud of him for doing) but by then it was too late. I spent the next 18 months watching the once-strong rock quarry worker whither away, eventually unable to speak above a whisper and then not at all, breathing through a tracheostomy tube and getting his nutrition through a GI tube. That experience guaranteed that I would never ever smoke.

Not trying to offend smokers, but my personal opinion is that anyone who does is a complete fool.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 5 months ago

I quit about seven months ago. Sorta. I don't smoke cigarettes but I use an e-cigarette. Nothing but water vapor comes out of my mouth. So have I kicked the nicotine habit? No. I still get my fix in another way. But at least I'm not getting the tar, carbon monoxide and other carcinogens that come with regular smoking. And it doesn't stink. The last doctor's appointment I had, my doctor said my lungs sounded a 100% better. Not to mention that electronic cigarettes are specifically excepted in the state smoking ban. That may change as research into nicotine's specific effects separate from all of the other junk in cigarettes continues. I don't know. I'd like to quit entirely, eventually. God knows I've tried. But in the meantime this is an acceptable compromise to me.

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sgtwolverine 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd smoke if my beard caught on fire. Otherwise...no.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

Every New Year's Eve I vow to start but I just never get around to it.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

I bet Zach is Kid Rock's nephew. Fire it up, Zach!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

Bob Dylan used to smoke about 4 packs a day. I bet he still smokes. He's almost 70 and plays over 100 shows/year. Don't you dare miss him in KC next summer. He has an awesome Jewfro, too. I have a good head of hair, but I sure wish I had a Jewfro.

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g_rock 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't smoke....I just fume a lot.

Actually, I'm an on again, off again kind of a girl depending on the different phases of my life.

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nut_case 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd probably put myself down for ~1/2 pack a week. Not because I actually smoke, but because my co-workers love to go outside, suck down a cig and gulp a cup of rancid black coffee, then get up in my face to discuss the daily minutiae.

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liberallibrarian 3 years, 5 months ago

Quit 5 years ago. Never going back.

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

Speaking of smoke, I think maybe Shirley had some coming off her collar down there in the Nations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmWkIA...

Now thats a counter protest.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 5 months ago

I am on my 19th joint for the day...

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

Autie, I feel that if you're gonna smoke something, it might as well be pot. Yeah, it has carcinogens, tar, and all that stuff, but you're not gonna smoke 20 joints/day. Wouldn't do you any good anyway. Pot has a threshold, no matter how good it is. You can't O.D. on it. It doesn't make you violent and it's a great sleep aid. I don't recommend driving while stoned but I really think alcohol is undoubtedly the most damaging, dangerous drug on the planet. I'm no teetotaler, but I've been through hell the likes of you wouldn't believe and barely survived, all because of booze.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

Seriously, I've got a 1-2 pack/day habit that's really starting to disgust me. Not just the health issues, the money, everything. Shewmon knows. I roll out of bed and smoke 2-3 every morning. Problem is, I've been tackling the drinking thing for years. Doing pretty well except for falling off the wagon once in a while. I know I can quit smoking. Might as well, since I dip snuff, too. I seriously need help.

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kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Besides gum disease, which causes your teeth to start shifting, smoking also strongly contributes to (and causes) hernias, heartburn and colon polyps.

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jonas_opines 3 years, 5 months ago

This thread might need a Bill Hicks quote soon.

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

Only weed. I can make a bong out of anything. A toilet paper roll and tinfoil, an apple, a soda can, a dirty sock, you name it.

herb the gift from the earth and what's from the earth is of the greatest worth so before you knock it try it first oh, you'll see it's a blessing and its not a curse if you don't like my fire then don't come around cause I'm gonna burn one down yes I'm gonna burn one down

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

Where do the pot heads fall on this one? does that count, zombie smoking aside?

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes. Why do people smoke? Smoking is cool and everyone knows it.

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Raymond Munoz 3 years, 5 months ago

Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums and is one of the primary causes of oral cancer. We've got free "stop smoking" literature here at the Douglas County Dental Clinic if anyone would like help with quitting!

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roscoepoet 3 years, 5 months ago

my doctor prescribed chantix, took it for six weeks and had some crazy lucid dreams & then the constipation side effect kicked in. can't believe they recommend you take it for six months. also, its incredibly expensive even with insurance, which I lost shortly after I quit smoking. all the money I'm saving means I can buy food:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83731368@N00/4386704754/in/set-72157619293783152/

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whats_going_on 3 years, 5 months ago

no, disgusting.

The people who lived in my condo before me smoked, and even though I've done extensive cleaning, I still smell it everyday. It's my own fault for renting it I suppose, but I thought it would be okay after all the cleaning. Not so, it's so effing nasty...I seriously HATE the people who lived there before, nasty __'s.

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

I saw an elderly lady yesterday driving, smoking and talking on the cell phone...could have been a "Seconds from Disaster" episode. As for me, I stopped smoking for about 10 years until I was dating a girl (two and a hlf years ago) who smoked and that got me back into the swing. I have stopped for a few months since then but like it

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Andini 3 years, 5 months ago

I always thought I did until my wife stated that I didn't.

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Kirk Larson 3 years, 5 months ago

Quit September 29 2001 12:45 PM.

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Pywacket 3 years, 5 months ago

God, no! Never saw the logic in it. Can understand how my parents' generation got hooked--they were openly lied to by tobacco companies and even physicians. In the service, Dad was even given free cigarette rations. By the time the health implications were realized, they were addicted.

But for those of us who were born after the dangers of tobacco had been overwhelmingly confirmed, it makes no sense at all. It never fails to amaze me when I see 20-somethings or teens lighting up.

What, in the name of all that is holy, could possibly be the attraction? The allure of cancer? The seductive vision of hauling around oxygen tanks as emphysema destroys your lungs? The thought that the stench permeating your hair, clothes, skin, and breath is somehow sexy? The colorful brown and yellow stains on your teeth? The prematurely wrinkled and damaged skin that makes you look older than your years? The enormous expense of feeding a habit? The idea of leaving your family grieving when you die, agonizingly, before your time? Please, young smokers, enlighten the rest of us!

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 5 months ago

Did three of the four respondents just hand each other the same pair of glasses for their photo?

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 5 months ago

"You make a bong out of a skull."

Note my avatar. That is how you start the process of making a bong out of a zombie skull.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 5 months ago

I smoke zombies in my dreams/nightmares.

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trinity 3 years, 5 months ago

only when i'm on fire. hah. friction can cause smoke.

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notajayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

When I was living in a dorm in the 70's, smoking was still allowed. I was sitting in the lounge studying one day, and the girl sitting next to me asked if I smoked. I held up the cigarette burning in my hand, and she said "No, I meant regular smoking." Great school, great dorm. From what I remember.

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prospector 3 years, 5 months ago

Sure, some ribs, brisket, or turkey.

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 5 months ago

I quit smoking in 2004. Had a 3 pack/day habit for 34 years. If I can quit anyone can do it.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

Used to, but was never "hooked". Went days without smoking. My rule of thumb for being truly hooked is if the first thing you reach for out of bed in the a.m. is a smoke, you're seriously hooked. I never wanted one right out of bed or even at all in the mornings.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

Alt OTS:

"Do You Smoke After Sex?"


RoeDapple (anonymous) says… I don't know. I never looked.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

Quit a three pack/day habit in '71. Have finally lost the urge to light up.

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LogicMan 3 years, 5 months ago

It's not logical to smoke anything, tobacco or otherwise. Nor to pollute the air that all you critters must breath.

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

290 smoke free days. So I'm guessing that is a no.

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Bill Lee 3 years, 5 months ago

No, and I have no desire to smoke. I wish smokers could smell themselves. They might understand what the rest of us have to put up with. Live music venues are so much better now without smoking.

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