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Current smoker 14 12.39%
Former smoker, quit less than 5 years ago 10 8.85%
Former smoker, quit more than 5 years ago 39 34.51%
Refuse to answer on the grounds that it might tend to incriminate me... 3 2.65%
Never smoked 47 41.59%
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #21
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Couldn't answer the poll because I am an occasional cigar smoker (5-6 times per year). Not sure if that qualifies as "current smoker" in the conventional sense.
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:26 AM   #22
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Hated to have to say < 5 years, but want to be honest. (About 50 months.)

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Your Quit Date is: Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 6:33:00 PM
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1519 days, 11 hours, 13 minutes and 24 seconds
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Lifetime Saved: 9 months, 20 days, 4 hours
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:30 AM   #23
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Who knows if someday I'll get lung cancer, many non smokers die each year from it.
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For all those who grew up in the living room / kitchen haze, why aren't you all dead from second-hand smoke?



I attended a funeral of a friend in Pennsylvania last weekend. He was only 54 years old , never smoked, avid runner, the picture of health. Died from lung cancer, 60 days from diagnosis to death. Left behind a wife of 35 years and two kids in college. His funeral was on the the 1-year anniversary of my mother's death from lung cancer. She smoked 3 packs a day for 45 years, quit when a mass turned up on a chest x-ray in 1998. She lost half of one lung, but got a second chance- she lived cancer-free for another 10 years, but it came back and took her last year. My father also died from cancer in 2000 due to smoking, his was heart-related.

We grew up in a house with a persistent blue haze. My folks smoked, all their friends smoked, all the relatives smoked. Three out of four kids in the family ended up as non-smokers; one picked up the habit.

I never smoked (anything)- made it through all the peer pressure in high school, four years of college with smoking roommates , the single bar scene early in my career, and many years of international business travel (many times I was the only one in the room not smoking) without succumbing. Probably never took it up because like CFB, I was born without a volume control, just an on-off switch. If I smoked I would probably be a chain-smoker; If I drank I would be a drunk.

The funeral last weekend got me thinking about the hazards of smoking, and prompted me to post this poll.

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #24
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Want to pass on a web site that was very helpful during the early days/weeks/months of my quit.
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Key item is a forum where you can get lots of near-real time feedback from fellow quitters.

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:21 AM   #25
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Started smoking at 12 - quit cigarettes at 17 on a bet with friends for case of beer. Quit other at 20 - poor college student, no money.
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Grandfather smoked 3 packs a day from 13 to 82--when he finally died of lung cancer. Professional gambler for a living, so it makes sense he would gamble with his life, too. What else do old Greeks do for a living?
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Never smoked. I tried to take a puff when I was in the 7th grade to see what the older kids were making such a big deal about - couldn't get the awful taste out of my mouth the rest of the day .

Grew up with a dad that was a smoker and spent the better part of my childhood trying everything to get him to quit...I even went on a hunger strike for an entire day to get him to quit. He was the typical yo-yo quitter: he would quit for about 2 weeks as part of his New Year's resolution and then start up again.

Dad finally quite cold turkey on May 1, 1999 (after smoking for 30 yrs) and hasn't had a cigarette since .
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:24 PM   #28
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Never smoked a single cigarette in my life. Never even considered it. I gag at even the slightest wiff of second hand cigarette smoke why would I want it first hand.
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Mom and Dad both smoked. I hated road trips with the car filled with smoke and me throwing up in the back of the station wagon. Gee, you think the cloud of smoke I was riding in had anything to do with it? Dad quit in his 40's but Mom never could. Mom died at 62 of Tongue and throat cancer, still smoking till she physically couldn't at the end. Dad died at 78 of Pancreatic cancer which has a very strong link to smoking. With my hatred of smoking I can't believe I married a smoker in my early 30's. He quit a 4 pack a day habit with my encouraging and as far as I know (we're divorced) he hasn't started again in 20 some years.

Though I never smoked and haven't had a drink in 28 years I will probably get Cancer. Everyone in my family dies of cancer, we must have the gene for it.
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I tried it but I didn't inhale...When I was about 10 I stole a pack of Winstons from my dad and went out back of the garage and tried to smoke them all, boy after that I didn't have much use for them, especially since one of my sisters caught me and used that as blackmail for along time, geeze I think she still is using it...

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I am surprised at how many here smoke. If you count the "don't want to answer because it might incriminate me" vote, then at this point 14% smoke. Another 8% quit less than 5 years ago, and are likely to resume smoking (or that was my experience, anyway).

So that is 22% who have been smokers at some point during the past 5 years! Wow. I can't imagine how anyone could smoke any more while holding down a job. They make it so hard these days. At my work we have only a tiny covered area outside where smokers are allowed to congregate to smoke. They look so pitiful huddled there in the rain. They have 15 minutes of break time every 4 hours to smoke and/or do whatever else they need to do, like run to the bank or go for a walk. I quit smoking in 1977 but when I was a smoker was a lot easier.
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My workplace makes it very difficult for smokers. Most of us work 12 hour shifts and tobacco products aren't allowed on company property and you aren't allowed to leave the building during your shift. So if you're a smoker, you have to go over 12 hours without smoking on work days. There is a zero tolerance policy and many people have been fired for first offense for being caught smoking in a bathroom or sneaking outside. People have also been fired for smokless tobacco. We work primarily with flexible packaging for food so it's undestandable not to allow smoke or tobacco residue to get on the product.
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Yeah, always the same group huddled together ... but it seemed more like every hour for 10 or so minutes. Used to joke with my coworkers I was going to get a cigar and take a 1 hour break.

So when my first son was born I did an outdoor status meeting after 2 weeks vacation to help at home with the new born. Attendance optional, supplied real and chocolate cigars to all attendees (along with pictures of course). Most smoked, some ate. Not all bad ....
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Wow. I can't imagine how anyone could smoke any more while holding down a job. They make it so hard these days. At my work we have only a tiny covered area outside where smokers are allowed to congregate to smoke. They look so pitiful huddled there in the rain.
Where I live, the smokers look so pitiful huddled out in the permafrost, risking frostbite. And most of them are patients. But that's addiction for you.....
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I only smoked briefly in college . I've seen the results of smoking first hand and it is not pretty .
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