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  1. I think it's a fictional TV show for made for you entertainment....or not. If that bothers you definitely don't watch Mad Men.
  2. So is it just that area you outlined or are the people in the lounge chair able to smoke? What about the people on the upper tier? Sorry I've never been on a cruise It seems that on an open air deck, maybe the rear of the ship would be an ideal smoking area.
  3. I’ve gone almost 3 years without getting those painful skin cracks on the tips of my fingers, plus my toes aren’t always freezing in winter. I think I could walk barefoot in the snow now
  4. Here's my level of stupidity. I actually started smoking regularly (not daily, that came 4 yrs later) while on chemotherapy when 18 yrs old. My thinking at the time was I had contracted this disease, came within inches of dying, might still die (doctor didn't make any guarantees) and had never smoked at all beyond 2 or 3 experimental cigarettes previously, so what did I have to lose? I still can't answer that question and I can't honestly say I would've done anything different in that time and place in my then state of mind. That was 3 and half decades ago. Obviously I'm still around, and am closing in on 3 yrs quit. I finally realized that it was possible I might get cancer again and wouldn't be so lucky as I was the first time. Knowing what I know now, if I had a time machine (which I am working on) I would definitely go back to that time and place to tell myself I would survive and don't start smoking.... and also invest whatever money you have in Microsoft and Apple.....
  5. Since I never smoked in my car, rush hour might be frustrating but never made me want to have a cigarette. People staring at their phones while driving, just leave me dumbfounded. In the era before "smart" phones, I once saw a guy with a PDA in one hand, obviously looking up a phone number and inputing the digits on his cell phone in the other hand (which was on the wheel). That's just an accident waiting to happen. My commute became less stressful when my job moved out of the city and to an offsite. Now I'm driving south (at speed) to work, while the rush hour is flowing north, and vice versa for the commute home. There are drawbacks of course, in the city you had your choice of coffee shops, restaurants shops, post office, DMV etc. All we got at the offsite is a Subways and a generic cafeteria. Not even a 7-11.
  6. I noticed that a huge vape shop/lounge near me is gone. It is now a tattoo and piercing studio. Is the fad starting to fade?
  7. I started my quit for all those sweet health perks, but honestly what you said (planning everything around smoking) carried me through. It’s great not having to worry about when/where I can smoke next
  8. I’ve never smoked in my own residence (except my parents). I remember as a pre-smoking teen helping dad clean the kitchen to prepare for painting. We used a common household cleaner called Spic-N-Span which worked great on the walls and cabinets. Had to change the water constantly as it would be black with a dozen rinses of the sponge. Use a nice big sponge when cleaning and then throw the spong away when your done Dad was under no illusion of what caused the yellowed walls but Mom kept trying to say it was the furnace that caused it, like we were burning coal or something.
  9. I started on/off smoking at 18 (post high school) and daily at 22 in college. So, like JB, my child years were pretty much behind me I was an avid cyclist. Still am but I use my exercise bike more than my real one. Waiting for warm weather to return. I also remember having more hair back then. Can I blame that on smoking too?
  10. Was traditional smoking ever a wedding thing? Answering my own question through the magic of the intertubes. A quick search on google for “smoking wedding photos” doesn’t turn up anything on the 1st page other than how to accommodate smokers or declare it completely non-smoking and using smoke bombs to provide colored smoke for some cool wedding photo effects (that is kinda cool)
  11. Always young, sexy people in those print ads. Almost never a middle-aged or elderly person, cause they would’ve looked like, well smokers who can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded
  12. Reminds me of the time that me and my father went on a two day canoeing/camping trip. Dad had plenty of cigarettes but didn’t get the chance to smoke very many. You see he had never been canoeing on a real river and he steered us right into a tree within five minutes of the start, overturning the canoe and the water ruined his open pack. And so the day went. Each time he opened a pack to have a smoke we would hit a rapid shortly after, turn over and have another wet, wasted pack. Halfway through the day all 3 packs he had brought were ruined. He bummed some from a buddy when we stopped for lunch and he put them in a ziplock bag to keep them dry. But comically, those were lost too, and soon he was offering $5 for a dry cigarette, $10 as the afternoon wore on. We finally made it to the campground and he was able to smoke (and dry out). I’ve got a great photo of him at the camp site sitting on a cooler, still wet, his head resting in his hands, looking exhausted The 2nd day, he put his cigarettes into a plastic jug and tied it to the canoe so it wouldn’t get lost if we turned over. When he had a moment to smoke, he would open the jug, take out one cigarette and carefully seal the jar back up before lighting up We did pretty good the 2nd day and only turned over once on a very fast rapid near a short waterfall. He still didn’t smoke very much though because floating down a river on a small narrow boat requires your constant attention and work We never went on another canoe trip. I always wondered if it was because he knew he wouldn’t be able to smoke as much or it was just too physically exhausting for him. Still, for me, very fond memories, as well as two days worth of great stories, we weren’t the only amateur river rafters/canoers there
  13. I found that the people around me were largely disinterested in my quit. Even my doctor (who had been telling me to quit) barely acknowledged it. Don’t expect daily applause from casual friends and coworkers, especially as time goes by. Find a family member or someone who has quit or is also trying to quit, they would provide that positive feedback for you. This forum is full of successful quitters who will tell you how awesome you (and us) are for quitting and maintaining the quit, but you will still have to do the hard work yourself, no one can do it for you. I mean, sure, non-smokers had encouraging words when I told them I was quitting, but they never circled back to ask how it was going. Non smokers think quitting is as easy as it would be to stop toasting your bagel in the morning. They have no idea the physiological and emotional roller coaster you’re on Current smokers had encouraging words up front, but will tend to avoid you after, neither encouraging or discouraging. I think it’s because they’re envious that you a) had the courage to quit and b) of your continued success. I’m ashamed to say that I was this was how I felt as a smoker when one of my smoking buddies quit. I felt validated when they relapsed and started smoking again. And sadly, some smokers will try to lure you back, because misery loves company. Best avoid those people entirely.
  14. I don't know about victimization. Anyone who started smoking after the surgeon generals first started warning the the public about the dangers of smoking in the mid 60's, knows that smoking was bad for your health. Now if you had started before then you would have a point. I know I started smoking and continued smoking knowing the danger and yet I did so anyway. The problem is you start with tobacco/cigarettes and then move on to other things, like soft drinks in NYC, or fast food, etc. They're all bad for you right? So we have to tax them into oblivion or outright ban them making everyone an instant criminal. If you want to sue or charge the tobacco companies (and many individuals and state governments have done just that) for criminally misleading the public about the addictive and destructive properties of nicotine/cigarettes , that is an action that goes to the heart of the matter. As for street narcotics like heroin or methamphetamine, those don't exactly come from legal sources do they? Again the logical action would be to find the source and stop the flow of the drugs.

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