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Old 08-02-08, 01:10 AM   #1
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Who smokes?

Ok this is probably a Taboo around these parts, but who cycles and smokes cigs(not during your ride)

Ive been smoking since i was 19, slowly working up to a pack n half a day. I switched from Marlboro lights to Natrual American Spirits last year, 100% natrual no additives, they also have a Organic which cost more, smoke those sometimes. I feel alot better switching to natrual chemical free smokes, but still realise if i dont quit i will probably die one of these days, no cig is 100% safe..although these american spirits are much better, i feel so much better then when i smoked chemical laden Marlboro's.

Cut down to 3/4 pack a day this past year aswell due to the higher yield of nicotine in these probably. Nicotine has never been shown to harm anything in your body, it's the tar and 400 other things in smokes that kill you quick.

anyway i want to quit soon, going to try...just curious who smokes and ride bike.
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Old 08-02-08, 01:11 AM   #2
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Old 08-02-08, 01:12 AM   #3
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well who knows i may die from cigs, maybe not. My great grand father was 98 and smoked 70 years..it just depends on the person i guess. Rest his soul

im going to cut it down to 7 smokes a day, instead of 15
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Old 08-02-08, 01:13 AM   #4
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Honest to God- you're going to die one of these days. Whether it's from lung cancer or anything else. Enjoy your life, live every day as if it's your last. Cherish every sunrise and sunset you see.
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Old 08-02-08, 01:17 AM   #5
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did anyone see the experiment that guy did with 400 cigarettes? thats just disgusting. i dont smoke, but i emailed to people i know that do smoke
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Old 08-02-08, 01:17 AM   #6
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jjZ0sJkitI

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Old 08-02-08, 01:17 AM   #7
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I smoked for 10 years, and have only tried to quit once before. Right now, I am on 2 weeks, and it is going so much better than it ever has, for a lot of various reasons that I don't really need to get into. It's just a good idea. Unfortunately, I also can't ride right now (hip surgery), so I can't really feel the benefits in that regard, but I can definitely tell when my dogs stink from being in the lake. And that isn't cool.
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Old 08-02-08, 02:17 AM   #8
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Old 08-02-08, 02:51 AM   #9
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lol
why lol?
Ok i guess that is the wrong word since Tobacco has it's own Natural Chemical compounds, i meant additive free. Like Benezene, ammonia and a long list of all sorts of things, some not so harmful others down right deadly.

anyway they all bad in the long run.

Good luck cizzlak with quitting. It's hard as hell, I did it for 5 months..when me and my ex gf broke up though and at the same time had lost my job at that time..i started up. Dont let anything stop you!

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Old 08-02-08, 03:23 AM   #10
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why lol?

they are chemical free. Organically grown. The only other brand that is fully chem free that is mainstream somewhat is nat sherman, but those are way pricey. Winston is said to be Natural but they arent.

anyway they all bad in the long run.
I smoke. I've done it on super short bike rides. Generally, I try not to do it 20 minutes before or after a real ride because I hear it's even worse for your heart and lungs at those times. I also smoke exclusively outside because I took a CPR class where the instructor pointed out that outside smokers significantly reduce the damage. ...Not to mention the fact that my house and clothes stink less.

I've also tried the Indian organic tobacco, and it made me cough a lot.

It's a really bad habit, but I just have a really hard time letting it go. People who preach and pass morality laws make it even harder for me. There's a psychological element of rebellion that goes beyond the basic nicotine addiction.

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Old 08-02-08, 07:25 AM   #11
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I'm not above smoking. Started back when I was around 14. By the time I got to college I was easily at a pack a day. I quit sometime around the time I was 25 and was more or less "clean" until I hit 30. So many stresses seemed to hit right about that time that I felt pushed back into it.

I got some of those American Spirit gift certificates in the mail and used them to try the full organic no additives smokes. They're quite good, but strong and I rarely smoke more than four of them per day.

Yes, it's a bad habit, but I can't stand the self-righteous nanny goats who seem to want to ban the things that many of us enjoy.
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Old 08-02-08, 07:29 AM   #12
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Quitting strategies: I've heard that heroin decreases the desire to smoke.

Or at least decreases the dreadful guilt associated with smoking.
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Old 08-02-08, 07:36 AM   #13
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Funny that everyone considers how it affects themselves and not others around them.

Then there's "We all have to go sometime," but in these cases they usually lay in a bed in a hospital and dwindle away for months while their beautiful family watches in agony. Heard that one before?

Think of those affected by your daily presence. Are you a good memory when absent or are you avoided. In my case, I avoid smokers always. No one I know directly smokes.

Ok, now you can flame me, but you know I'm right. I quit 36 years ago for ALL of the reasons above. ALL of them.
I'm 54 now, and I look at those around me the same age or close who smoke and just wonder, who's waiting on THEM?

I can ride with the best of them, now, and my presence doesn't adversely affect anyone. Just quit before you can't. Smoking killed my mother, my two uncle's and my father is in remission. Just quit.

I wish you the best, for you, your friends, but mainly for your family.

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Old 08-02-08, 09:31 AM   #14
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Ok this is probably a Taboo around these parts, but who cycles and smokes cigs(not during your ride)
Why not during the ride? Isn't spewing exhaust in the air part of Vehicular Cycling?

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Old 08-02-08, 09:40 AM   #15
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A guy from the Gander known as Smokey is from Taerom's area, where the air is clean. He's an older guy, and a chain smoker, but he's an incredibly strong rider. I guess clean air makes a really big difference.
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Old 08-02-08, 09:54 AM   #16
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I smoked for 10 years, and have only tried to quit once before. Right now, I am on 2 weeks, and it is going so much better than it ever has, for a lot of various reasons that I don't really need to get into. It's just a good idea. Unfortunately, I also can't ride right now (hip surgery), so I can't really feel the benefits in that regard, but I can definitely tell when my dogs stink from being in the lake. And that isn't cool.
Congratulations. Keep it up! I know quitting is hard, but, as with any addiction, it's really about whether or not you are ready to make that change in your life. I "quit" several times and had a tough time with it. Then the last time, I just knew it was time to quit and did it without too much trouble. I hope this is that time for you.
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Old 08-02-08, 10:18 AM   #17
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Congratulations. Keep it up! I know quitting is hard, but, as with any addiction, it's really about whether or not you are ready to make that change in your life. I "quit" several times and had a tough time with it. Then the last time, I just knew it was time to quit and did it without too much trouble. I hope this is that time for you.
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Old 08-02-08, 11:38 AM   #20
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I think we should return to mounting bottle cages to the front of the handlebars.

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Old 08-02-08, 11:48 AM   #21
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^^ I want some goggles like those guys, especially the ones on the right. I smoke cigarettes that I roll myself(Amber leaf tobacco/swan tips/rizzla papers, if anyone cares ), maybe 6 or 7 a day, I've cut down from smoking 12-15 camel cigarettes a day.
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Old 08-02-08, 11:57 AM   #22
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Honest to God- you're going to die one of these days. Whether it's from lung cancer or anything else. Enjoy your life, live every day as if it's your last. Cherish every sunrise and sunset you see.
From the moment your born you start to die, but it doesnt mean Im going to push things along by smoking and doing other stupid ****.
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I think we should return to mounting bottle cages to the front of the handlebars.
Agreed, and I'll bet those bottles are full of le vin rouge.
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Old 08-02-08, 12:02 PM   #24
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I'll bet those bottles are full of le vin rouge.
We should also return to that.

And chain oilers. And extra glue-on tires around the shoulders.
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Old 08-02-08, 01:32 PM   #25
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