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street 08-03-2018 09:45 PM

Poll:Did either one of your parents smoke?
Since there was a poll on how many of us smoke. I thought it might be interesting to see how many of our parents smoked.

Times have changed and will be interesting to see the difference in numbers.

Yes my dad smoked and lived a very long life even after smoking 70 plus years.

Dtail 08-03-2018 09:53 PM

Both my parents smoked on a regular basis until about 40 years old. No noticeable effects.

scrabbler1 08-03-2018 10:01 PM

Street, how should we answer this if a parent smoked early on but quit when I was very young, say 5 or 6 years old? As far as I am concerned, my dad is a non-smoker.

MRG 08-03-2018 10:05 PM

DF did, a heavy 2 pack a day smoker. He quit cold turkey when they buried his DM. She didn't like him smoking. He quit about 50 and passed at 96. Didn't seem to slow him down.

Oz investor 08-03-2018 10:10 PM

yes my father smoked , but he died of an aggressive bowel cancer when i was 14

so it probably didn't impact on my ( non ) smoking decision later

street 08-03-2018 10:14 PM


Originally Posted by scrabbler1 (Post 2088287)
Street, how should we answer this if a parent smoked early on but quit when I was very young, say 5 or 6 years old? As far as I am concerned, my dad is a non-smoker.

Well, if you feel or view that as a smoker then vote accordingly.

swakyaby 08-03-2018 10:26 PM

Father smoked unfiltered Camel cigarettes 1-2 packs per day. Sister and I used to run around the house, jump up in the air, click our heels together, and chant "You've got to Kick the habit and join the unhooked generation!" from a popular 1960's commercial. He quit within 6 months of us doing that.

He passed at age 69 from colon cancer.

rodi 08-03-2018 10:29 PM

Dad smoked cigarettes - switched to pipes when he was about 30... and quit before I was 5 years old. I have vague memories of his pipes and the smell of pipe tobacco.

Mom smoked her whole life. (Also drank a lot). Ironically the cancer that killed her is completely unrelated to smoking and drinking risk.

Mom's smoking is why none of us kids smoke... none of us liked it... especially being in the car with her.

Being in California - smoking is very unusual in public. I had quite the culture shock when I moved to Philly in the 90's... Went to see a lawyer and the receptionist was chain smoking.... I was shocked. Also, turned out they'd banned smoking at your desk at my workplace only a year earlier. One manager, who's office was right by my cubicle, regularly smoked at his desk after hours, despite the change in policy.

97guns 08-03-2018 10:54 PM

Both my parents smoked for 15 or 20 years, mom a little less than dad. Dad developed COPD and passed from complications at 83, he was on oxygen at his end days, mom is 84 now and doing pretty good, she has slight emphazema but is still breathing ok without help, she will get winded if walking longer distances.

I have an aunt that’s in her late 80’s/early 90’s that’s got really bad breathing problems, she is on oxygen and still smoking a pack a day

Clone 08-03-2018 11:13 PM

Both of my parents were heavy smokers. Killed both of them in their early 70s.

Texas Proud 08-03-2018 11:14 PM

I fibbed a bit on the answer...

From what I was told, Dad smoked a bit when he was really young... but calculated out that over his lifetime he would spend more money than it would cost to buy a house.... he quit...

So I put down no since almost all of his life he did not... Mom never did...

Katsmeow 08-04-2018 02:23 AM

My father smoked. He started as a teenager. He tried to quit several times, but just could never do it. He died of lung cancer when he was 75. It was a shame since he was otherwise so healthy. He was very active right up until he was diagnosed.

mamadogmamacat 08-04-2018 04:46 AM

My mother never smoked. Grew up on a farm, so she was very active all her life, ate well, lots of meat and veggies and almost no sugar. Then she died in her mid sixties of the same type of brain cancer that killed off a lot of women in my maternal line of descent, including her mother and maternal grandmother. My dad smoked cigars and cigarettes, although he was not a heavy smoker, maybe one or two, perhaps three or four times per week. He lived into his early eighties and Alzheimer's is what killed him.

Genetics drove their fates, not environment or lifestyle choices. YMMV

HadEnuff 08-04-2018 05:41 AM

I distinctly remember my mom giving up the cigs when I was 6 years old. I don't think she ever smoked heavily. She walked the golf course nearly every day of my youth, and played golf nearly every day, until she died at the age of 75 of ovarian cancer.
My dad seldom smoked cigarettes, but smoked cigars until he was in his 50s. We finally shamed him into quitting, it was so stinky and gross. He lived to be 88, basically his body just wore out. He was quite strong and healthy until a series of bad falls slowed him down when he was 82-83.

I smoked from age 16- 21. I tell young people who smoke that quitting was the best present I ever gave myself.

Amethyst 08-04-2018 06:16 AM

I can barely remember my Dad smoking cigars, and he smoked cigarettes too. He quit cold turkey when I was about 4; he would have been in his early 50's. He had a mild heart attack and the Dr. scared sense into him. He died at 87 of complications from a car accident.

My Mom smoked till the end of her life, though she greatly reduced the # of cigarettes with age, the climbing cost of cigarettes, and moving in with my sister and BIL, who did not allow smoking inside their home. In her 50's, she already had symptoms of COPD although she attributed them to "allergies." Around age 70 she was finally diagnosed with emphysema, which was listed as her cause of death at 84.

Richard4444 08-04-2018 06:29 AM

My parents both smoked at least a pack a day and at 76, Dad passed from metastatic bladder Ca which is heavily correlated with smoking. Mom, nine years younger than Dad, quit that day cold turkey but smoking didn't seem to affect her longevity. She passed at age 91 due to 'failure to thrive' but did live with bladder Ca as well (very odd) since she was ~ 52 y o.


FIREd 08-04-2018 06:45 AM

Both parents smoked. My mother was a “social smoker” (she only smoked around other smokers, often at the end of a meal). But my father smoked about a pack a day until his late 40’s, when he quit (his own father was a tobacconist so he grew up around tobacco and started smoking at a young age). So far neither one of them, now both in their 70’s, seems to suffer any adverse effect from it.

harllee 08-04-2018 06:49 AM

My father was a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer at age 55. It was a horrible death. I hated that he smoked all my life and I have never touched a cigarette my self.

My mom never smoked and she is age 86, doing great, living in an independent apartment in a Continuing Care Retirement Community.

JoeWras 08-04-2018 07:11 AM

Mom: yes about 50 years. Peer pressure in high school, 40's. Died from it early (heart disease). Suffered from it greatly due to PAD. Smoking and PAD go hand in hand. You do not want PAD.

Dad: yes, about 40 years, lighter than mom. Probably no major effects, although CHF caused his death near 90. Heart failure may or may not be related. He lived a full life.

Dad was a WWII vet and started then. He basically said that all the guys had the same thought: "I may die, so let's see what this is like." WWII tobacco company marketing dream.

Dawg52 08-04-2018 07:15 AM

My Dad quit smoking in his mid 40's. Died at 84 unrelated to smoking.

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