Joe was saying about Smoking on the General Discussion Area. Am I the only person that does smoke in the whole ECN world?. My smoking started through my years as a Fire-Fighter, with going to Fatal Car crashes,large Fires, etc, I am not looking to give this up in a hurry.
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I don't smoke, but I don't mind other people smoking as long as they do it outdoors. The image of smoking has become rather tarnished in the past decade. Today, the most common smoker seems to be low paid women. Doesn't really attract people in the same way as the models in the tobacco ads of the 1960's. Which is a good thing, in my humble opinion.
Tobacco carries a warning label, "Causes cancer", and has done so for a good many years. Tobacco ads are illegal. Alcohol ads used to be illegal too, but this ban was lifted a earlier this year. Workers here normally use "snus" (tobacco you put in your mouth) rather than cigarettes.
I myself - just like half the people of this country - is addicted to coffe. On cup in the morning, one after lunch and at least two in the afternoon... (We don't have decaf here, luckily.)
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Re: Do you smoke?.#135164 12/22/0212:20 PM12/22/0212:20 PM
I am with you on the smoking thing as i and three of my work mates smoke as well.
Having been smoking for over 20 years and from what my doctor has said and from the last scans i had for insurance reasons, my lungs are like cast iron, I didnt believe them, so they put me on a few of these test machines and low and bewhold i can still breathe ( as well as someone who is my age and a little overweight).
I gave up for about a year or so, dunno what happened and i started again, but during that time i put on a few kilos.
So i am one of the moral minority and i will not give up, or the coffee, tea and beer (after work only on the beer)
Good food, loads of exercise and a good woman keeps me fit.
Re: Do you smoke?.#135165 12/22/0201:29 PM12/22/0201:29 PM
Convinced non-smoker, only people I mind smoking: people I'm in a small room with and my girlfriends. My parents are strict non-smokers, everyone who smokes has to go outside. When I was on a 1day trip with an electrician (we have to spend 1 "job orientation day" at a company at the age of 14, beacause then our scholl system offers the choice whether to continue with another 4 years high school, change school or start an apprenticeship), I went to a customer who obviously was a chain smoker and never opened any window! I was glad we had to fix the doorbell, so I could go outside and try it.
Re: Do you smoke?.#135169 12/23/0209:51 AM12/23/0209:51 AM
I smoked irregularly (probably one cigarette every month or so) when I was a teenager. Never bought them...I always bummed them off classmates or stole them from my cousin (who smoked), etc.
If I ever felt like smoking I wanted it to be something recreational, relaxing and contemplative (you know the stereotypicial "sitting at a cafe on the Seine with a Gaulois clenched between my teeth while pondering the state of the world" type thing).
However all the people I see smoking are always huddled in doorways in the cold puffing frantically away before having to run back upstairs to their offices.
And it's usually cheap cigarettes that STINK (almost everyone here in New York smokes)! That turned me away from it. Plus it made my hands freezing cold.
It turns into an addiction. You can't control it. I don't like things I can't control.
If I wanted to smoke, it was when I mentally felt like it, not when my body craved the nicotine.
Plus...I'm a skinflint. Cigarettes are expensive here ($7.50 a pack for the cheap ones because of all the taxes)....got better things to spend that kind of money on.
Now the mayor has prohibited smoking in bars and discos. What the hell??? Since when do you go to a tavern to eat health-food? You go to a tavern to get drunk. Period. It's not a place for health nuts.
If you really want something bad for your lungs...stand next to one of our countless gasoline & diesel-powered buses, trucks, cars or ferry boats belching out black smoke from their exhaust pipes. That'll kill you in an instant!!!