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User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 971 times:

What do you guys think of smokers? What about smoking in general? Should it be banned? And how many of you are smokers here? I smoke. Anyone else gonna come out of the closet?

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 743 times:

It has killed many people close to me... 'nuff said.

User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 740 times:

I don't really mind smokers as long as they don't smoke in resturaunts.



User currently offlineCricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 736 times:

His own privacy to everyone :
Don't smoke in non-smoking areas and don't piss-off a smoker when he smokes where it is allowed. Same in the planes : don't smoke on board to not disturb other passengers but please make just a little secured smoking area for us, smokers.


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2792 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 707 times:

I have never smoked a single cigarette, drunken a single drop of alchohol, or used a single drug. I aim to have none of this change. Smoking kills. People seem to think they enjoy life. If you want to kill yourself, call Kevorkian or get a gun. If you're looking for relaxation, there are far better places to go than a paper butt. There is no reason to, so why do it? I don't. On a recent road-trip the person in the front seat of our van started smoking. I simply reached forward and took her cigarette and put it out the window. If she wants to smoke, fine, but not while people who actually like the smell and fragrance of fresh clean air, especially in nature, are around.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 707 times:

                        


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 702 times:

I'm not a smoker, but I've lived around them. My foster sisters smoke. My dad smokes cigars and pipes a lot! They don't really bother me if they want to smoke, as long as it's not in an illegal place and as long as the place is ventilated well enough. The only legal place where I don't tolerate smoking is in my apartment. It's often very tough to give up smoking, or so my sister, who is a smoker, says. Even though many are aware (or don't give a rat's ass) that it is a deadly habit to do. I did used to smoke for a short time about 8-9 years ago, but chose to give it up because of the smell and the potential for getting addicted. So now, I am a non-smoker.



User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 703 times:


I believe it is each to their own. If people want to smoke, then give them an area to smoke in. It annoys the hell out of me when people have a go at smokers about smoking, even when they do it out of harms way. I do not agree on people smoking where they are disturbing non-smokers though (especially around food).

Having said this, I am a smoker - and I despirately want to give up but find conjuring the will to do so very hard. I am getting married next year to a non-smoker, and have promised her that I will quit by then.

I do not want to subject my children to the same environment that I grew up in. In Winter, my parents would close all the doors and windows in the house to keep the heat in. Between them they smoked around 60-70 cigarettes a day, which would literally form a layer of haze throughout the house. By the age of 15-16, I found that I felt more normal (for want of a better word) when I smoked than when I wasn't.

I have manged to do little things like cut down the strength of the cigarettes by half, and in the last 6 months, have been able to cut down the numbers. I did it in stages from a pack of 30 per day to one pack every two days. Then it was a three pack limit per week, then two packs per week - now I smoke a pack of 25's in between 1 and 2 weeks (only smoke if I go out).

Still that last step eludes me.

B727-200.


User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 699 times:

I am a smoker and have been since the age of 14, and I really do not see myself giving up anytime soon.

I can understand people getting pissed when smokers smoke in restaurants. I totally agree. Why spend good money on nice food, only to have it ruined by cigarette smoke.

I can also understand not being able to smoke in-flight, but how about an area on the plane where us smokers can congregate (for want of a better word) and light up. Have any of you guys seen the episode of Absolutely Fabulous where Patsy arrives at Edina's apartment after a short taxi ride? That is exactly what I feel like after flying Perth-Melbourne or Perth-Singapore without a fag.

What really pisses me off is that you cannot smoke at the footy anymore (unless of course your name is John Elliott).  

So guys, give us smokers a break sometimes hey? I would rather be addicted to smoking (as is the case) than be addicted to alcohol. I have seen many families broken up because of this lesser of the legal drugs.


User currently offlineUal757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 688 times:

i used to run a tobacco store. one day an 80 year old man came in, and dropped his Traich (sp?) in the parking lot. being the nice young man I am  , i spent 20 minutes looking for it, listening to him wheeze and cough, and twice dry heaving for at least 3 minutes. I found it and he left. but not after buying a carton of unfiltered Pall Malls. I quit the next day and haven't touched one since.

but i DO love the occasional cigar  


User currently offlineUal757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 687 times:

i quit smoking afterwards, the job about a month later

User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2792 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 691 times:

I don't mind people smoking except when I am forced to smoke with them, such as in my road-trip example. Sure, if someone wants to smoke elsewhere I don't mind. It's ironic, it bares pointing out, that we engage in so many deadly or semi-suicidal activites when we seem to favor life so much.


"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 679 times:

Brissie_Lions, please clear something up. In your statement, you said you feel bad(?) after flying Perth-Melbourne or Perth-Singapore "without a fag"... I hope "fag" does not mean the same thing as it does stateside, where you would be saying that you couldnt fly (perth-melbourne, perth-singapore) without a homosexual man. Please clear this up, thanks....

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 678 times:

Of course, you non smokes just don't get our lingo. "Fag" is a term we use for a cigarette. It's mostly used in England and her former colonies, such as Australia and India.

User currently offlineWISHIHADALIFE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 686 times:

Quit being such a smartass. You aren't as funny or cool as you think.

User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2458 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 672 times:

Louis, you're right about that "fag" part. I've heard the term being thrown around in the UK. I do get a laugh when I visualize an American or Canadian tourist being offended big time, when a friendly Englishman walks up, holding out a cigarette package with one cig sticking out and saying "You blokes wanna fag?"

Get this (Brissie, are you listening?): Hotel is a term that's been used for a bar or pub in Australia. Now, you can probably imagine what might happen when somewhere in Australia, when an Aussie guy asks a North American guy, "G'Day mate, you wanna come down to the hotel with me?" I've heard of this happening before.


User currently offlineATA757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 667 times:

Smoking is a double-negative...you're wasting money, while you're killing yourself at the same time!!!

I can definately coorespond very well with "747-600X"!!! I am 16, never taken one puff, one drink, or one bit of a drug!!! And damn proud of it!!!

It really pisses me off when people smoke around me (when it's a non-smoking area)!!!

A few people at my work smoke, and I always ask them how their cancer is coming along!!!   I always tell them they don't need any more cancer sticks!!!   They seem to have a good sense of humor about it!!!




ATA757



User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 665 times:

I am aware of the hotel part. My local is called Beeches Hotel.

Here's another word for you to consider. In the US, they sometimes call the *arse*, the *fanny*. Americans beware using this term here in Australia. Fanny does not mean your arse, rather it is a common Aussie word for the female genitalia!!!

The same goes for Durex. In Australia, Durex is sticky tape and in the UK it is a brand of condom. Be careful guys asking for Durex in Australia. It doesn't quite do the job!!


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2792 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 669 times:

C'mon, I think we all knew perfectly well what was meant by that term. Even if you'd never heard the term before, context kind of suggests is, esp. since this is a post about, uh, Smokers!
ATA757 -  



"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 19, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 667 times:

I am a smoker. I smoke at least half a pack of Marlboros a day. I relish every puff and hit of nicotine. I'd rather be killed quickly by a heart attack or head on collision than live to be a wizened, shriveled 105 year old geezer. I would rather confront a hungry 400 pound Bengal tiger with a cactus lodged in its ass than listen to one more word of this hostile anti-smoking propaganda.

User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 662 times:

Forgot to clarify for you.

As has been mentioned previously, fag here in Australia means a smoke as well as a gay man.

And just to fully clarify for ya; in my post I did use the term fag to mean a smoke, but until we recently broke up, I did feel bad travelling to Sydney or Singapore or anywhere else, without my *fag*.

Hope this answers your question.


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