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January 23rd, 2013, 22:19
Originally Posted by CrazyIrish View Post
I smoked for 12 or 13 years. From age 15 to probably 20 I smoked at least 2 packs a day. Although I get a twinge of an urge every now and again, (almost always when consuming alcohol) I am glad I left the habit behind. I do occasionally partake of a cigar, especially if the opportunity to enjoy it along with some good spirits arises. Cigar smoke is generally less bothersome (or so people tell me), and of course, I don't inhale.

Observations & Thoughts:

Smokers can neither smell themselves, nor other smokers. They have no idea it smells that bad. This was a big shock to me when I finally gave it up. "Why didn't you tell me I smelled that bad!?!?"

When you quit smoking you gain weight. When you start again you don't lose the weight. And when you quit again, you gain the weight again. Ask me how I know.

Why do Irish folk songs always mention how sweet smelling & pleasant tobacco is? Is what we have today so far removed from just a few hundred years ago? And if we could get back to this mysterious "good tobacco" would it be more socially acceptable?

Either way, smoking is a terrible habit. But it is also more addictive than crack cocaine. Years later I can still remember how wonderful a cigarette could be…
As someone who has never smoked, what is so wonderful about it? Not trying to be a jerk, just curious. I've asked others and they've never really had an answer.

To me it just looks silly sucking in smoke and blowing it out for no apparent reason.

My grandma died of emphysema. We used to go fishing all the time, after she was diagnosed and had to stop smoking she didn't want to go fishing anymore. She said it wasn't enjoyable without smoking. I will always remember that but never understand it.

My mom died of kidney disease and heart failure and wouldn't stop smoking despite the doctors telling her to. I remember the last time she went into the hospital, before she was too weak she would wheel herself outside attached to her IV just to have a smoke. Sad really.
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