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Posted 2/11/13 , edited 2/11/13
My two cents, for what they're worth: I've been smoking on and off for a few years now, since college. Literally, I would smoke one year on, one year off , and never more than a couple packs a week to help prevent it becoming a more expensive habit than I wanted. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that gets addicted to nicotine more slowly. The best things I could say about my time as a smoker is that it would really take the edge off of lousy days at work, and it really was kind of cool at first, in an incredibly stupid rebellious way. This last time I quit was a lot harder than the last time. I'm thinking of making 2012 my last "on" year. Smoking is really an awful habit that trades a possibly more pleasant few minutes for your health, to some degree, your self-control, and way too much of your money.Overall, it isn't worth it. Neither's getting excessively drunk, really. Man, I feel old sometimes.

If you're thinking of trying smoking tobacco, I heartily recommend you don't. If you do smoke, I recommend you do what it takes to quit, but I can't make anyone make important decisions for themselves, and I wouldn't if I could. I'm not judgmental enough to raise a stink about petty stuff like whether or not a person smokes when some of the most awesome people I know are smokers, and some of the most awesome people I know are non-smokers, but none of the awesome people I know are jerks to others who don't live the same way they do.
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Posted 2/12/13
I don't buy packs, but when my friend offers one. I don't mind.

The green smoke is heavenly~
Posted 2/12/13
mm ~ i don't since im allergic to it : (
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Posted 2/17/13
Cigarette smoke makes me sick. I only smoke weed.
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Posted 2/17/13
I don't smoke and I don't see a problem with it. They should legalize other forms of suicide as well.
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Posted 2/17/13
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Posted 2/17/13 , edited 2/17/13
I used to smoke cigs a lot, but then I decided one day that I wanted the ability to run more than 25 yards without collapsing into a pile of wheezing flesh.

The lack of risk for cancer is a plus as well.

However, I do on occasion enjoy a bit of weed.
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Posted 2/17/13
yup. i do it because its a little break from the day. also with the medication im on it helps bring me back down to a nice level. if you know what i mean then you get it, if you don't, great. i dont wanna be smoking for the rest of my life tho. thats my 2 cents
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Posted 2/17/13
Nope.

I've considered it a few times because it nets you more breaks in most service jobs, and it gives you an excuse to be near people (other smokers, at least). The cost becomes a problem, though, and they're bad for you--not that I can talk about being healthy, looking at my typical exercise regimen this last year.
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Posted 2/17/13
no
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Posted 2/17/13
I do not plan on smoking. I've seen what my mother has gone through with it, and honestly it is not worth it: the money is ridiculous and it'll just my everyday anxiety worse.
I have no problem with smokers, although I can't stand the smell of smoke.
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Posted 2/17/13
Nice lol
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Posted 2/17/13

Taedrin wrote:


st1rn3r wrote:


Taedrin wrote:


st1rn3r wrote:


Taedrin wrote:

Neither of which reduce anxiety or cause you to relax. Fortunately, nicotine doesn't actually increase dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain - it only increases your sensitivity to it. If it DID increase dopamine and serotonin levels, it would be more comparable to cocaine and methamphetamine - both of which increase dopamine and serotonin levels by preventing their uptake.

Symptoms of serotonin syndrome (too much serotonin):
-Agitation or restlessness
-Diarrhea
-Fast heart beat
-Hallucinations
-Increased body temperature
-Loss of coordination
-Nausea
-Overactive reflexes
-Rapid changes in blood pressure
-Vomiting

Notice how these are all characteristic of increased anxiety - not decreased anxiety. The reason why people think that a stimulant drug causes them to "relax" is because taking the drug is the best way to relieve withdrawal symptoms.

Trust me, it isn't the nicotine that causes you to relax, it's the taking a break for 5 minutes at regular intervals every day that does it.


What does serotonin syndrome have to do with anything? You realize that is rather difficult to achieve with cigarettes, right? Now, if you dex every day for the next week -- enjoy your serotonin syndrome. But saying that you'll get those symptoms every time you smoke is just plain false. The fact that it modules dopamine causes pleasurable feelings, which itself is something that is relaxing, in the same way I'd say that I "relax" at an action movie or on a roller-coaster. Having your CNS slow down a bit is a rather shallow definition of relax.


I apologize, I was not attempting to argue that you could get serotonin syndrome from smoking. I was merely trying to show that raising serotonin levels does the opposite of relaxing you. Just because a drug makes you feel good doesn't mean that it is causing you to relax or reduce anxiety. Likewise just because a drug makes you feel bad doesn't mean that it ISN'T causing you to relax or reduce anxiety (an example of this is Thorazine).


Again, you are reducing the definition of "relax" to merely a function of the speed of the CNS -- I would say that merely having a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, or breathing more slowly is not the end-all, be-all of relaxation. Plenty of stimulating things are also relaxing in a broader sense -- sex being an obvious example.


I'll agree that we are using different definitions. I am referring to relaxation in a physiological sense - this means relaxation as it relates to not only the Central Nervous System, but also the Sympathetic Nervous System, Parasympathetic Nervous System and also your internal organs at large. This is of particular interest to me, because I have a medical condition which can be triggered by both stress and 'eustress' (the good kind of stress, caused by positive events such as going on a highly anticipated vacation).


I don't agree with that. While I don't like smoke around me, too, it's really ridiculous to only allow them to smoke in their houses. We are already exposed to many other gases that affect our brain negatively, so a tiny hint of smoke won't kill us.
I agree with it being banned in work places, where children are, etc. but I think they should have a bit of freedom and be able to smoke outside, too. Smoking isn't something that should be shunned: it's stupid, but you could be doing much more horrible things, too.
Posted 2/17/13

lordseth23 wrote:

I don't smoke and I don't see a problem with it. They should legalize other forms of suicide as well.


good idea. well, they can ban fags but legalize hemp, dmt, shrooms, acid and salvia for people bored of this dimension.
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Posted 2/17/13 , edited 2/17/13
I saw two sets of lungs in a health book in sixth grade of a smoker (20 years) and non smokers lungs and decided right there I would never smoke. Well, that and re enforced by my dad's hacking cough gradually get worse and more frequent until he coughed up blood a couple of times. He smoked from age 12 to when he passed away four years ago barely in his sixties. My 20 year old co workers are showing signs of needing to clear their throats often while I turn 37 tomorrow I have absolutely no problems breathing, well except when I'm around smoke and my sinuses slam shut, but that's a recent development.

I'm not against smoking or enacting laws preventing smoking. I do mind having to breath it in when I don't have to.

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Posted 2/20/13
I think I should really start
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