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Old 02-14-07, 09:45 AM   #1
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"I don't want to quit smoking"

A lady is standing outside my office at this very second talking to the lady in the next office. She is talking about some dental work she just had done. The Doctor told her NO SMOKING for 9 to 10 days. She was proud that she had a cig 3 hours after she got home. What really got my attention was when I heard her say(with enthusiasm) "I don't want to quit smoking". I started to say something but I held my tongue. Is it really possible some people ENJOY smoking SOOOOO much that they would rather smoke and deal with the consequences later than stop smoking. Maybe it's just an excuse because they know they will never have the willpower to quit. There are so many benefits to NOT smoke! There isn't even enough room to list everything. I mean I've never smoked(except a little grape vine when I was a kid), but this just seems like a ridiculous statement to me. Maybe some people live with other smokers and figure there is no way they would be able to quit while living them.....unless they all stopped. But to say you don't even want to quit. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.
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Old 02-14-07, 09:50 AM   #2
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Both of my parents and my step-parents smoked. I inhaled enough smoke while growing up to last a lifetime.


Personally I'd be very happy if smoking was illegal.
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Old 02-14-07, 09:54 AM   #3
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Is it really possible some people ENJOY smoking SOOOOO much that they would rather smoke and deal with the consequences later than stop smoking.
Yes. Same reason people will enjoy drinking a lot then deal with a hangover later. Same reason people enjoy eating a lot of fried chicken then deal with being overweight later. Same reason people enjoy having unprotected sex then deal with the VD/pregnancy later. Same reason people enjoy speeding in their cars then deal with the ticket/accident later. And so on and so for and so on and so forth.

And I think the enthusiastic "I don't want to quit smoking" statement she made is more a defiant reaction to everyone getting in on the anti-smoking circle jerk. Who likes being told what to do and looked down upon?
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Yes. I enjoy smoking. For whatever the validation, I enjoy it.

Maybe it's lack of will power, maybe blind ignorance or blatant disregard for the 'facts', maybe it's my damn life and I'll do with it as I want. Isn't it wonderfull that we ALL have the privlidge of directing our lives by our decissions?



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Both of my parents and my step-parents smoked. I inhaled enough smoke while growing up to last a lifetime.


Personally I'd be very happy if smoking was illegal.
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Old 02-14-07, 09:58 AM   #6
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I understand if someone likes it and doesn't want to quit.

Being proud of going against your dentist's advice, though, is just dumb.
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A+, explody pup. I've been smoking for WAY too long, but have not had the will power to quit unless my husband joined me... quit 2x for pregnancy, but started back up. Now ole hubby HAS to quit (duh!), so I'll gladly join him in the battle of nicotine defeat.
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Being proud of going against your dentist's advice, though, is just dumb.
I agree. People often go overboard trying to prove to the world that they're "keeping it real."
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Puck keepin it real, I'm not repin fo anyone but me.
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as a counter point, i hear stories all the time of people continuing to exercise despite doctors recommendations not to. people push the boundaries all the time, i think it's human nature.

however, it does seem rather pointless to go out of your way to visit a doctor and then purposely NOT take their advise.
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Old 02-14-07, 10:16 AM   #11
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I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.
Why do some people <place activity here>? I just don't get it.

It's not your life, so whether you get it or not is pretty much irrelevant, right?
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Old 02-14-07, 10:33 AM   #12
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Why do some people <place activity here>? I just don't get it.

It's not your life, so whether you get it or not is pretty much irrelevant, right?
Dats a fact Jack.

Just the context of the statement the woman made is what got my attention. I had never heard anyone actually say that I guess. Just sorta caught me by surprise.

Hell, maybe I'll start smoking so I can "get it"............or not.
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Old 02-14-07, 10:33 AM   #13
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My GF's grandma has smoked so much and for so long that her doctor tells her not to quit. At her age, the sudden lack of nicotine would shock her system too much.
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Old 02-14-07, 10:34 AM   #14
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"I don't want to quit smoking". I started to say something but I held my tongue. Is it really possible some people ENJOY smoking SOOOOO much that they would rather smoke and deal with the consequences later than stop smoking.
Coming from an ex-smoker: Yes.

You just wont get it (and you can be thankful, but not judgmental of others about it) until you are in it.

BTW, live and let live.

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Old 02-14-07, 10:36 AM   #15
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I quit July 14th 1999, had a bad time in September of 1999 and nearly started again managed not to, don't think about smoking that much any more.

Glad I did, at one point I used too smoke 40 a day (I could smoke at work at my desk)
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Like the guy that just won the lotto but wants them to make an exception as he has 1 year to live and wants his money lump sum vs a 20 year payout like it's always been. Screw him I say. You chose to smoke and now you have in-op lung cancer. Wah wah wah.
If people want to smoke....great. I'm all for it. Don't make me breathe it and don't expect entitlements or special treatment when you are on the way out. Good for you. Better to leave a good looking corpse so your loved ones will remember how good you looked.

Be nice if my insurance rates wouldn't go up to cover smokers increased consummation of the health care field.

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Hell, maybe I'll start smoking so I can "get it"............or not.
Now there's a good reason to start smoking...are you sure you ain't a shill for RJ Reynolds?
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Old 02-14-07, 11:07 AM   #19
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Like the guy that just won the lotto but wants them to make an exception as he has 1 year to live and wants his money lump sum vs a 20 year payout like it's always been. Screw him I say. You chose to smoke and now you have in-op lung cancer. Wah wah wah.
In PA you can get a lump sum pay out Or, include the annuity in your estate

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If people want to smoke....great. I'm all for it. Don't make me breathe it and don't expect entitlements or special treatment when you are on the way out. Good for you. Better to leave a good looking corpse so your loved ones will remember how good you looked.
You're more than welcome to stop breathing. Go sit in your house or car. Not asking for 'special' just equal.

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Be nice if my insurance rates wouldn't go up to cover smokers increased consummation of the health care field.
Which insurance rates are those? It would be nice if mine didn't go up because some stunod got all likkered up and wrapped his car around a pole. Fact of the matter is it's called the liability pool for a reason... The whole concept behind insurance. To share in the burden of risk.

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Is it really possible some people ENJOY smoking SOOOOO much that they would rather smoke and deal with the consequences later than stop smoking.
Proof that there is such a thing as a stupid question.

If you've never smoked, you'll never understand.
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Coming from an ex-smoker: Yes.

You just wont get it (and you can be thankful, but not judgmental of others about it) until you are in it.

BTW, live and let live.

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Amen. I quit Dec. 11, 2006. Not a day goes by that I don't think about having a cigarette. I don't dwell on it, it's just a passing thought like "man, a cigarette would taste great right now."

Don't ever get started.
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I didn't start smoking until I was about 50 yrs. old. Just an occasional cigar. Last year it evolved into those small packs of cigars. Never did inhale. But when I got back into cycling I noticed it had affected my breathing a bit. So, last month I just gave it up. Still, the thought of a smoke in the morning or after a meal is enticing.
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C'mon guyz... My treat. Smoke 'em like they're goin' outa style!
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I quit three years ago and still think about smoking at least once a day. To the OP, unless you intend to start hectoring fat people on the street, I would lay off the smokers too. Good decision to bite your tongue and just let it go.

I miss smoking because I do enjoy it so much. Tobacco is easily my favorite vegetable. Don't be so sure you would have the willpower to quit unless you have done it.
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I quit three years ago and still think about smoking at least once a day. To the OP, unless you intend to start hectoring fat people on the street, I would lay off the smokers too. Good decision to bite your tongue and just let it go.

I miss smoking because I do enjoy it so much. Tobacco is easily my favorite vegetable. Don't be so sure you would have the willpower to quit unless you have done it.
ahhh... smokey treats, how i miss my smokey treats.
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