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    How many of our forum numbers smoke tobacco, or used to smoke. If you've quit, what was your reasoning. If you smoke, what is your reasoning to do so? Now that we're discovering literally everything Causes cancer now adays, should we put the same types of warnings on products that carry any type of carcinogens (EI: Meat, Stressful Jobs, Court notices, Chocolate, etc)

    I myself smoke tobacco out of a pipe. It's a cheaper convenience to me, and I like the options. Pumpkin Spice was a best seller at my tobacco shop, didn't know so many white girls smoked pipe.
    My reasoning was totally modeled around the people I hung around with at the time. They got me into a lot of bad things, smoking stuck with me after I kicked everything else though. I was 15 when I started.
    I think that if we need warnings labels on coffee cups that say "Caution, Coffee Hot," there shouldn't be any reason why we can't put "Caution, Cancer bad" labels as well.
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    Re: Smoking

    I don't smoke, never have (tried it twice, it didn't do anything for me either time).

    But, on the opinion of caution labels for all forms of known and possible carcinogens... What, in the past decade, hasn't been termed a cancer risk? The list goes on (eggs, meat, alcohol, chocolate), and grows from year to year. It also gets edited and things that were once said to be completely bad for you have been removed from that list and are now called healthy (chocolate, wine). To me, it just looks more like "what food is trending now?"


    If you want to claim that red meat and eggs are carcinogenic, you may as well call vegetables and fruits carcinogenic too due to the amount of chemicals that evaporate up into the atmosphere and are mixed with hydrogen atoms to rain down into the farmland that grows and harvests it for our mass consumption.

    Cancer, albeit a horrible thing, is going to happen. It's always going to happen. Because of what cancer is, and because our body is constantly (naturally) creating it and regulating it, it's not something we're going to be able to simply eradicate with better habits. I'm absolutely for the idea of minimizing risk to harmful chemicals and habits that can put the body's regulation process out of balance, and to research and develop treatment methods. But to think that if we start living on a diet of bottled water, grapes grown in a green house, and crackers, that we will be able to keep cancer from ever happening to us... that's really just a pipe dream.

    Plus, I think I would sacrifice dying a few years sooner and living my life with good food anyway. But that's my personal preference.

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    I smoked for over 50 years(maybe 55) and quit the first of this year(for medical reasons,I liked smoking) I find myself still(9 months in) craving a smoke from time to time. I will not smoke again cause they say it will hurt me a lot.
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    Re: Smoking

    The reason why tobacco contains warnings while other carcinogenic products usually do not is that tobacco is addictive. Yes, eating processed meat can increase the risk of cancer, but you'd have to eat a LOT of it to stack up with a pack a day habit. Most people don't smoke the occasional cigarette. It's a physically and psychologically addicted drug that is seriously habit forming.

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    I've been smoking for six years. Been trying to quit forever.

    When I lived in NYC it was like $14 a pack. The habit is rapidly becoming unaffordable everywhere.

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    Believe it or not back when I was in the navy(1965-1969) a pack was like 25 cents,on ship it was 10 cents a pack(at sea,no tax)
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    Re: Smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by DanieMarie View Post
    The reason why tobacco contains warnings while other carcinogenic products usually do not is that tobacco is addictive. Yes, eating processed meat can increase the risk of cancer, but you'd have to eat a LOT of it to stack up with a pack a day habit. Most people don't smoke the occasional cigarette. It's a physically and psychologically addicted drug that is seriously habit forming.
    I'd say eating is quite addictive as well. The withdrawals suck, mostly death, and lose of weight.
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    Re: Smoking

    I smoked for a number of years before I finally stopped. At the end I just put them down because I no longer enjoyed it and have never had a desire for them since. That would have been nearly 20 years ago now. Not to say I didn't "quit" a number of times over the years for one reason or another. I recall one of the boats I was on we got extended and I saw a pack of smokes go for $50 and a cartoon for a couple of hundred. Definitely quit for the remainder of that deployment.
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    Re: Smoking

    The only time I smoke is when I end up lit on fire.

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    Re: Smoking

    I smoked weed between 14-15. By the end it was very infrequent and I had decided to get rid of what I had left. On the eve of my 16th birthday I got arrested because I was apparently trespassing and, instinctually ran rather than stuck when the police turned up. If I had stood still, they probably would never have searched my bag. In my bag was the remains which I was taking to Gloucestershire as a friend and I were meant to be having a joint party. No I mean a party for the two of us, I was actually going to bin it when I got there so there was definitely no way of demonstrating it was mine. So I got a reprimand and haven't barely touched it since. To be fair I smoked it again about twice in college, but not in the last 4 years.

    I smoked "casually" a bit as I never got addicted. That said, I found it gross so had to have had a few drinks first. I don't smoke at all now and a little disappointed to find out my wife sometimes does on a night out. I thought she was better than that, but hey, they're her lungs in the end.
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