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nope, i'm 13,never tried smoking and don't plan to in case i end up getting addicted like a lot of people do.Someone actually came to our school to talk about smoking and the effects and after the 15minute presentation he said approximately 90 people would had died from smoking world-wide in the 15 minutes he was talking. so yeahh.. like i said never smoked hopefully never will
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Used too smoke but quit after i started having throat problems
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Timmay98 wrote:

nope, i'm 13,never tried smoking and don't plan to in case i end up getting addicted like a lot of people do.Someone actually came to our school to talk about smoking and the effects and after the 15minute presentation he said approximately 90 people would had died from smoking world-wide in the 15 minutes he was talking. so yeahh.. like i said never smoked hopefully never will


I've never heard of anyone actually being influenced by one of those shitty school talk things. You must be real gullible, eh? Hohoho.
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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.
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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).
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i did after i turned sixteen.
but soon quit.
now i want them back.
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Timmay98 wrote:

nope, i'm 13,never tried smoking and don't plan to in case i end up getting addicted like a lot of people do.Someone actually came to our school to talk about smoking and the effects and after the 15minute presentation he said approximately 90 people would had died from smoking world-wide in the 15 minutes he was talking. so yeahh.. like i said never smoked hopefully never will


I've never heard of anyone actually being influenced by one of those shitty school talk things. You must be real gullible, eh? Hohoho.


she's 13.
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Timmay98 wrote:

nope, i'm 13,never tried smoking and don't plan to in case i end up getting addicted like a lot of people do.Someone actually came to our school to talk about smoking and the effects and after the 15minute presentation he said approximately 90 people would had died from smoking world-wide in the 15 minutes he was talking. so yeahh.. like i said never smoked hopefully never will


I've never heard of anyone actually being influenced by one of those shitty school talk things. You must be real gullible, eh? Hohoho.
you probably don't listen when they tell you to use a condom either, yo cooch is full of undiscovered amoebas
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I'll smoke a cigar on special occasions, but cigarettes are a no no.

I have an addictive personality, yet I am frugal with my money.

So I wouldn't want to blow thousands of dollars a year on something that is not productive.

And yes thousands, my buddy goes through a carton in a week or so.

It takes a toll on you financially, and health wise.
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Smoking was enjoyable for me, It lasted 10 years. I broke it off for no reason whatsoever. I dont miss it, I now hate the smell. I think my body naturally rejected it and I complied. To inhale smoke is such a terrible thing for the body with any kind of smoke. When I think back now, I was into being able to exhale a cloud. I never really cared about the affects of nicotine, pot was a little differnt, but same thing. Watching people with holes in their necks still smoking I think how fortunate I am to be able to quit on a whim. tho I never really found it addicting. People have their reasons, but its a waste of money, for little results.... or mabey more money for the after effects.
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st1rn3r wrote:


Taedrin wrote:


SilverxButterfly wrote:

I actually plan to start smoking when I am of age.

My reasons is that I suffer through anxiety, and smoking helps the nerves relax. Frankly I find the smell attractive.

Although any smoker should understand that you should probably avoid smoking nearby children or elderly people. It is proven that the smoke can affect their health.


As others above have mentioned, nicotine is a stimulant - it does NOT help the nerves relax.


Nicotine releases dopamine and serotonin, which I would call relaxing.

A nice cigarette after a long day of work -- very relaxing.


Nicotine releases serotonin? Don't think so! Considering I went through a serotonin imbalance, started smoking at the age of ten... Basically went through years of hell (since the age of six) because of anxiety, emptiness and the other crap that goes with the depressive side of Bipolar type II (including destructive side of things, from said imbalance).

Basically took three months of taking Ctalopram this year, before returning back to my full self (including moods naturally stabilized on there own) . Considering I'm 100% natural born BP II (genetic), that doesn't suffer from many of the more negative aspects... Basically can function fine in society and live a otherwise productive life if I choose to.
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Yes. I managed to quit when I was pregnant though it was rather hellish, but then started smoking a few months after. I really is a disgusting habit and although I know you should lead by example I always tell me son I will kill him if I ever catch him starting to smoke when hes young like I did.
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CarboKill wrote:


Timmay98 wrote:

nope, i'm 13,never tried smoking and don't plan to in case i end up getting addicted like a lot of people do.Someone actually came to our school to talk about smoking and the effects and after the 15minute presentation he said approximately 90 people would had died from smoking world-wide in the 15 minutes he was talking. so yeahh.. like i said never smoked hopefully never will


I've never heard of anyone actually being influenced by one of those shitty school talk things. You must be real gullible, eh? Hohoho.


she's 13.


That is no excuse. I had to do that D.A.R.E. program shit in 7th grade, and I knew they were full of shit even then lol People that try to use scare tactics to get people NOT to do drugs is pretty silly. They have no substance to them. They are very tasteless. Like the jerks that use posters of dead fetuses to guilt trip people in to thinking a different way. It is ridiculous and an outdated form of information
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I do not smoke. Am enjoying my life without tar in my lungs ~~
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scent08 wrote:

Nope. Although I'm pretty curious how it feels like.
I tried the electronic cigarettes and I love the strawberry flavor.


Flavored cigarettes are illegal in America.


On another note I quit smoking about a month ago after 7 years(age 15-22) just because I felt like it. I'm saving a ton of money but I miss the feel of it sooo bad. I don't know if the money I save offsets the torment I put my body through by denying it it's hourly fix.

Benefits of smoking-
Up to 10% increased metabolism
Helps to control breathing (people with anxiety or panic attacks)
Bonding(meeting other people that smoke is kind of an ice breaker)
Creating a Ritual(it's nice to wake up and have coffee and a cig)

Impairing effects-
After smell on clothes, car, furniture, hair
Yellow teeth(after continued use and/or lack of proper hygiene)
Increased blood pressure
Lung/Mouth damage


I don't condone OR endorse smoking, everyone should be able to decide for themselves.
If you don't smoke, at least try it once so you can tell your kids why it isn't good to do.

Protip: American Gov't is trying to make it a law that every pack of cigarettes has a grotesque picture on it of what it can do to you.
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