(Closed) What's your reason for not smoking?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which describes you?
    I don't smoke because of all the health risks associated with smoking : (176 votes)
    54 %
    I don't smoke because of the premature aging/loss of skin elasticity/etc. : (89 votes)
    27 %
    I currently smoke, but I'm actively trying to quit. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I currently smoke, would like to quit, but haven't started actively trying to stop. : (8 votes)
    2 %
    I currently smoke and have no plans to quit. : (3 votes)
    1 %
    Other (explain below) : (47 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Perhaps make the poll multiple choice because there are SO many reasons why I don’t vote.

    Post # 4
    8230 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t smoke because it’s terrible for you and expensive, but some of those photos are pretty edited. The third one is definitely the exact same photo lol..

    Post # 5
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think premature aging comparisons like this photo are more persuasive because you can SEE the difference outwardly. Yes, healthy lung/smoker lung photos also show a huge difference, but since we don’t look at lungs often, it seems easier to disregard it. Also, people are vain. 

    I’ve never been a smoker, and I feel sort of lucky that I thought it tasted and smelled disgusting when I did try it. One of my good friends is a stress smoker and she has quit and started up again many times. It’s hard to quit once you’re addicted. 

    Post # 6
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    I just don’t smoke.  I never felt a need for it.

    Post # 7
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I don’t smoke because it’s disgusting, it smells bad, it’s unhealthy, it’s bad for people around me, and did I mention it’s DISGUSTING?

    Post # 9
    492 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’d think that people would be more affected by the pictures of premature aging because our society is heavily based around looks. Everyone wants to appear younger than they really. Youthfulness is next to godliness. Everyone thinks “it won’t happen to me,” so pictures of internal organs won’t be as effective.

    I don’t smoke because it’s nasty. It makes your mouth taste and feel disgusting and you smell like a dumpster after smoking. It ruins your furniture and cars. It’s just all around gross.

    Post # 11
    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I definitely have multiple reasons. For one, my mother smoked my entire life up until the last couple years, and it always made me so afraid that she would develop cancer. So I never smoked because I never wanted to make someone else in my life feel that way too.

    I also just never enjoyed the second hand smoke. It smelled bad, and I hated breathing it in.

    And third would just be all the negative side effects – healthwise or aging wise. I certainly cannot justify whatever positives there may be from smoking.

    ETA: And I agree with PPs – being able to see something physically different with smokers vs. non-smokers really does make the effects hit home. Though I  remember seeing a smoker’s lung and a non-smoker’s lung from cadavers when I was young, and that had a big impact on me.

    Post # 12
    2105 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It smells gross!  I can’t stand that smell on others.

    Post # 13
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Honestly? I think it’s a disgusting habit. I have never had the urge to inhale foul smelling smoke in to my lungs.

    Post # 14
    10565 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    There are numerous reasons why I don’t smoke.  I can’t think of one reason why I would even want to.  It’s a pretty easy decision, numerous cons and not one pro.

    Post # 16
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    It actually blows my mind that people still smoke these days, espeically kids my age (25) and younger. Everyone knows how gross and horrible and expensive it is for you and yet they still do it.   I dont smoke becuase it is foul and gross and unhealthy and expensive… plain and simple.

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