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Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 8:27am
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Oh this is a funny thread [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Why, I have no idea but probably my worped sense of humour.
I started with rolling my Dad's Viceroy(sp?)cigs in toilet paper to sneak them out of the bathroom where he always left them. In grade 7, and smoking(not inhaling...honest)under portables at schools after hours [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Well, never did inhale but never started smoking till later in high school. I remember though grade 9 science, I volunteered to smoke a cigarette and blow it through a mesh cloth. Oh, the nicotine that remained and discoloured the cloth was enough(but not enough obviously)to make us all gag.
Oh, and everyone had a great laugh at me coughing up blood after...ok not blood but coughing my brains out.
I'm just turned 39 and everyone smoked when I was 16, or older. I have a older brother and sister and hung around a lot of their friends and they all smoked. I would go to my brother's hockey games every Fri, and Saturday and everyone went out after and smoked.
I quit the day of starting my in-vitro medicine treatments and stopped for 2 years after twins were born. Started again but never smoked inside, never smoked in front of kids, and quit again (hopefully forever)2 years ago this Feb 2 COLD TURKEY...GOBBLE GOBBLE.
Everyone has the will power to do what they want to. I did this not for me but the agony of watching that little boy on the commercial talk about his Dad not being there anymore because he died because he smoked. I did it for the fact I know my twins will never find another Mom like me who loves them more than anyone could ever love another human being.
I did it for my dh who had a Dad who smoked and smoked till the lung cancer made him so delirious that he couldn't pick up another cigarette.
I still consider myself a smoker though, I loved smoking, and heck I didn't quit for me I quit for those I love and isn't that for the right reason?
I have to say though, I let myself gain 25 pounds after quitting, and then after lost it after by working out every day 6 days a week(something I would have never done if I still smoked).
It's never to late to quit. I remember the Doctor telling my FIL that they could have operated if he was willing to work with them and quit smoking. They never took him seriously because he refused.
I have no friends that smoke. All of them have quit. Whenever I see someone that smokes, I think they look odd, and so do I when edging up to get a whiff and walk away with a smile of bliss on my face....I just love that smell once in a while [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
P.S. my Dad who started smoking at age (what probably 11)quit when he was 50 and had to have quadruple by-pass. He is now 67 and golfing during the summer and playing pool in the winter and tells me he hopes he never comes back from vacation again and finds a ashtray outside on my front porch.
[This message has been edited by smack (edited January 06, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 8:43am
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So glad that I never started because I probably wouldn't be able to give it up! Both of my parents were smokers...I always hated it and would hide my mother's cigarettes. My Mom has probably smoked for close to 50 years! Her father smoked unfiltered cigarettes for his whole life. He died at 87 but never so much as had a smoker's cough.
This is really gross. When we were kids we would play a game called, "Ash Lady". One of us would dip a finger in an ash tray and then chase the others. When you tagged them, they would become the ash lady or ash man. Eewwwwwww!

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 8:54am
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PattyR - TOO funny!!! I used to cut the ends off of my mom's cigarettes when she wasn't looking. Never did it to dad , for some reason. Would she ever get mad! I used to hide her packs and lighters, too!
mae [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 10:21am
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I smoked for 9 years from age 15 til my 24th birthday. I quit as a birthday present to myself cold turkey. It's been almost 14 years and the best thing I ever did. BTW, I am the WORST reformed smoker. I hate the smell of smoke.
Karen
PS I quit 8 years before my pa son was born.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 10:29am
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Nope, I have not smoked either
- Sarah

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 12:09pm
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I have never smoked.
My grandfather died of lung cancer (after smoking 30+ years) when I was 3 years old so I never knew him.
I hope those of you who do smoke will be able to quit in 2003 to ensure that you will be around in the future so your grandchildren will have the opportunity to know you one day.

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 12:17pm
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Well, Momma Bear, I'm actually quite embarrassed to be the only one that is still smoking that has responded in your thread (and probably the only person still smoking on the board since you got a great response [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ). Embarrassed, but that's about it. I know I shouldn't do it and why I shouldn't.
I think I'm a very considerate smoker and don't smoke around non-smokers. And, this is good for a laugh, I think. I was always told that *ladies* didn't smoke on the street (this would have been something my Mother's age was taught and she's also a smoker). So, guess who doesn't smoke on the street ever?
No, I wait until I can hide 'round back of the house.
So, am I really the only one? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Katiee, congrats, I remember when you had posted about wanting to quit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 2:28pm
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Mommabear: I initially came into this thread to answer your question...I don't want to turn this thread "confrontational", so please know that I am trying to be as tactful as possible. I am willing to take any flames I may get for this.
I understand that emotions are running high and patience is running low. (I am just catching up today), however I can't let this go:
Maybe I am wrong, but I didn't know that anyone "owned" the threads on this board. I thought this was a discussion board. Once a question is posed, the thread is out there for anyone. If you don't like what a poster has to say, answer them or ignore them, but please rethink telling them to get out of "your" thread. If I was new to this board and read this thread (it is on the Main Discussion board, no less, so it is pretty visable), I would assume that this was a "cliquey (sp?) group and would never want to post here.
I know that is not true, and that you have helped many on this board. You also have a sharp wit...but please rethink that statement, it will probably scare off the wrong people.
Take care,
Kelly
P.S. I used to smoke a pack a day in college. (I now have a talent called "chipping". I can smoke a bunch of cigarettes out with the girls tomorrow and not have the urge to smoke again for years.)

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 2:46pm
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Kelly,
Your words are tactfull and well thought out. Glad you are on the board. I have a tendency to ramble and get "off topic". Several times when I posted before, folk had pointed out I was either in the wrong thread, posting in the wrong topic, or not answering the questioned posed. It was indicated in a few threads that if I was not going to stay on topic or respond to the question I was hindering the answer and was requested not to post in topics I was not going contribute effectively to. It seemed to me that some people did "own threads". No hard feelings, though. (Just an FYI) Nevertheless, despite this I still tend to ramble. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/06/2003 - 3:19pm
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Lol MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I have never smoked. Never plan to, either.
Hubby on the other hand, has smoked for YEARS. Started when he was about 13, I think...and now he's getting close to 52.
However he has gone from a pack and a half a day to two, all because of what happened to us last year. In our area a weird tropical fungus was growing in the trees, and infecting people's lungs. DH had a chest cold on a Friday, and by the Monday he couldn't even walk. His chest was so full of the fungus and infection that he couldn't breathe. I took him to the hospital in full repiratory distress. He ended up in the ICU for a week and came very close to dying. At first the doctors attributed it to his smoking...so guess what I did? I went home and broke every single cigarette in an ENTIRE carton (worth about $75 here in Canada) and flushed them. It was good therapy. This of course was AFTER I walked into the hospital to where I had left him the night before, and his bed was gone. He'd been moved to ICU. I watched my rock, the man I love, lay there hooked up to every machine they had.
I can't stress enough what it does to a person to walk into the room where your soul mate WAS, and see that bed empty. I honestly thought I was going to lose him.
After that I vowed to never buy him cigarettes again, and I told him how affected I was by that experience. He now smokes only 2 cigarette a day max, and in private...NEVER around me or our son. He is vowing to quit those too. The interesting thing is that it wasn't even the smoking that made him sick, it was the fungus. I'm not a militant non-smoker, but I tell ya-you can't go through something like that and NOT be affected.

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