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Posted 6/4/12
I used to smoke.
I started smoking when I was about 19. Then quit a year after. When I was 20.
I don't mind smokers, I just quit because I was spending about $300-400 a month on cigs.

Now I am debt free. As for whether or not it kills you. Depending on your smoking habits.
I smoked about 2-3 packs a day. So I was destined to have a short life....maybe.
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meman887 wrote:


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.


That sure sucks, but I don't see it is relevant to someone like me. I smoke perhaps 5 cigarettes a week and started smoking when I was 18, and I can assure you, the chemical reality of euphoria experienced through nicotine usage combined with the physical sensation of smoking... it is quite relaxing.
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Taedrin wrote:


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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).


Serotonin syndrome isn't caused by raising serotonin levels for a short period of time as with smoking a cigarette, it comes from very elongated periods of elevation over the coarse of many usages. The only time I've known someone to develop it with a legal drug, they were drinking cough syrup by the gallon for weeks.

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Posted 6/5/12
No and never will.
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Posted 6/5/12
Smoking? Nah,

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Posted 6/5/12
Nope. I've never tried it, and have no desire to do so.
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Posted 6/5/12
Nope. Never tried it. Just no desire. Maybe a cigar someday, but even that's stretching it.
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Posted 6/5/12
I used to smoke. the reason I started was, because my aunt use to let me and my cousins smoke. then I stopped. then I started back again, because my cousin had wanted to try it out with me. the reason I stopped smoking is, because of the price for cigarettes in america. where I'm from, they don't cost this much. but before I say, I actually stopped smoking. I want to try a cigar with the wooden mouth piece . then I'll say, I literally stopped smoking.
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No. The stench of cigarette ashes itself make my throat hurt.
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Posted 6/5/12
Smoking is bad for your lungs, and the second hand smoke is worse, especially for asthmatics like me. It makes everyone around you uncomfortable.
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I don't smoke because I am allergic to it... weird... but it's bad for you in general? I know people hear that everyday. My grandfather died of lung cancer, but he never smoked a day in his life, so I don't hang around smokers anymore like I used to even though I had asthma from it. I tried to be cool even when it risked my health. Don't be dumb...
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Posted 6/5/12
No. My family smokes. I've been made fun of because of how I smell, as a kid. I cannot stand being near it.
I would never want to smoke for the health reasons and addiction. Not everyone likes it after they try it, either way never will. I would care if my lover smokes, I would want them to quit
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Posted 6/5/12
Nope, stole one from my parents when I was young and it traumatized me. I refuse to smoke now because I have enough common snese to know nothing good comes of it. (You don't even look that cool especially when it's 10 degrees outside)
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Posted 6/5/12
Nope its not good and I will never try it to get hooked up on it forever ^^'
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Posted 6/5/12
Used to smoke. Started I think around 20 or 21, and quit smoking nearly 2 years ago. I miss some of the social aspects of it, but otherwise haven't really looked back. I'm actually rather happy not having to feel dependent on something like that.
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