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Old 05-26-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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I need a REALLY good answer to this question.

Why do people still smoke? By now the consequences are WELL known, as well as the fact that cigarettes are extremely addictive.

I'm curious because alot of my friends have started smoking since they turned 18, and I'm allergic to it and am sitting here having trouble breathing because i was around someone smoking a few hours ago.

I just don't get it. Why smoke?
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Old 05-26-2005, 06:08 PM   #2
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Because it is so damn cool and people have a right to smoke.
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cool, huh? someone's been subjected to peer pressure
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Old 05-26-2005, 06:13 PM   #4
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A_Wanderer's response is about as good as I can think of as well.
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it still doesn't justify what smoking does to the body for me. oh well
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Nicotine rush
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I've heard it triggers off the same part as the brain as sex.
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That may be the best answer
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I've heard it triggers off the same part as the brain as sex.
so smoking after
is just greedy
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Smoking is dumb. I love those commercials from the truth campagin. You know what I'm talking about?
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I am one of those freaks who can actually smoke a cigarette occasionally and not get addicted. I was a social smoker in college but under no circumstances did I want to be a smoker.

Last summer I went through a crisis and one night sitting in the backyard I spontaneously bummed a cigarette from my housemate. It was the first one I'd had in many years. And for the next couple of months during this crisis, I smoked 1 or 2 American Spirit cigarettes almost everyday, usually at night. It calmed me. Sitting in the backyard late at night smoking a cigarette became one of my little daily pleasures and I'd just sit there and contemplate everything.

Being in Native country in the Southwest, and the granddaughter of a tobacco farmer in Virginia, I relate to tobacco in an earthy kind of way. I think of its long history, which includes its use for medicinal purposes, for trade, and as a cash crop. I don't think of tar, carcinogens and cancer. I think of the peace pipe and how relaxing it is, much like an after dinner drink is for some people.

The daily smoke faded away as always but today someone offered me one and I sat on the porch and enjoyed it.

So it's really fucked up that something I enjoy and that seems so innocent as I'm enjoying it kills people.
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These are from www.thetruth.com:


About 1 out of every 5 deaths in the US can be attributed to tobacco products.

Every eight seconds, someone in the world dies due to tobacco.

In 1999, one year after agreeing to stop billboard advertising, tobacco companies increased advertising spending by 33 percent in magazines with more than 15 percent youth readership.

In 1990, 72 million bottles of a popular mineral water were voluntarily recalled because of small traces of benzene. The smoke from one pack of unfiltered cigarettes has as much benzene as 169 bottles of the contaminated water.

How do infants avoid secondhand smoke? "At some point they begin to crawl." -- Tobacco Executive 1996

In as little as 2 weeks nicotine changes the brains chemistry and addiction can begin.

In 2001, tobacco companies spent about $11 billion marketing their products. That's about $1.5 billion more than the year before.

In 1990, a tobacco company put together a plan to stop Coroners from listing tobacco as a cause of death on a death certificate.

Cigarette smoke contains 69 chemical compounds that are known cause cancer.

1 out of 3 smokers are estimated to eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

Over 50,000 people a year die from secondhand smoke in the US alone.

Cigarette smoke contains the radioactive isotope Polonium-210.

In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There's thirty-three times more cyanide in a single cigarette than was found in those two grapes.

An internal tobacco company marketing report from 1989 said quote "We believe that most of the strong, positive images for cigarettes and smoking are created by cinema and television."

In the mid 90's, a major tobacco company planned on boosting sales of their cigarettes by targeting a new consumer market: gays and homeless people. They called their plan Project Sub-Culture Urban Marketing. Also known as Project SCUM.

Cigarettes will eventually kill a third of the people who use them.

Tobacco signage is often placed at a child's eye level.

One tobacco company developed a genetically altered tobacco with twice the addictive nicotine of regular tobacco. They code-named it "Y-1."

In 1984, one tobacco company referred to new customers as "replacement smokers."

Over 80 percent of all adult smokers started smoking before they turned 18.

Tobacco companies make $1.8 billion from under age sales.

Pee contains urea. Some tobacco companies add urea to cigarettes.

Tobacco companies make a product that kills 440,000 Americans a year.

Tobacco companies make a product that kills 1,200 Americans a day.

2,000 teens start smoking everyday.

Tobacco companies make a product that kills about 50 Americans each hour.

In the 1970s, tobacco companies started making light cigarettes by putting tiny holes in the filters to let extra air mix with the smoke. They found they could get low readings of toxic agents from FTC-type cigarette testing machines.

In 1980, a tobacco company considered looking at itself as a "drug company."

Every 8 seconds, someone in the world dies from tobacco.

The impact of nicotine is jacked up because tobacco companies add ammonia.

In the 1980s, tobacco companies started working on making fire-safe cigarettes. Ones that would be less likely to ignite furniture or clothing and cause fires. As of 2002, only one of the hundreds of U.S. cigarette brands uses fire safe technology, and cigarettes are still the number one cause of fire-related deaths.

Every year, 95 percent of people who try to stop smoking are not successful.

In the US, smoking causes about 445 new cases of lung cancer every day.

Tobacco kills more Americans than AIDS, drugs, homicides, fires, and auto accidents combined.

Cigarette smoke contains benzene, carbon monoxide, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide and polonium 210.
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yeah i do.

if i ever were to smoke a cigarette my windpipe would close up completely and i wouldn't be able to breathe. not that i'm complaining or anything, its just as well.
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it still doesn't justify what smoking does to the body for me. oh well
Calms the shakes

It is the neutraliser for caffeine.
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but why would you want to neutralize caffine?????
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