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

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which describes you?

    I don't smoke because of all the health risks associated with smoking

    I don't smoke because of the premature aging/loss of skin elasticity/etc.

    I currently smoke, but I'm actively trying to quit.

    I currently smoke, would like to quit, but haven't started actively trying to stop.

    I currently smoke and have no plans to quit.

    Other (explain below)

  • Post # 62
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    Sugar bee

    Because of the health risks, because I dont want to subject my family to the disgusting effects of second-hand smoke. And just because I think its repulsive.

    Post # 63
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    310 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t smoke because of all the health risks that you encounter not only with your lungs but with your circulation as well. Not to mention that it yellows your skin and teeth. My dad smokes and he’s had thousands of dollars worth of dental work done because of his bad teeth. I also don’t smoke because my grandfather passed away when I was 10 because of lung cancer. The biggest cause of it was smoking. An old man in my neighborhood when I was a kid also died from lung cancer due to smoking. He always talked to us and gave us candy when we stopped by, and it was sad to see him go like that. I just decided that I didn’t want to put my family through that.

    Post # 64
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    Sugar bee

    Health Risks definitely. And I must admit, I’m just too damn vain to smoke.

    Post # 65
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m allergic to cigarette smoke ….. Used to puke if I was around it… Now I just feel sick an get s bad headache. My mom is the same way. Only allergy I’m glad I have!

    Post # 66
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    1. Can’t stand the smell.

    2. Can’t stand the taste.

    3. I’ve watched multiple family members suffer and/or die from cancer. Most recently, my grandmother who passed less than a week ago from lung cancer that metastasized through her entire body in a matter of days.

    Post # 67
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I am a former smoker. I quit when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, and decided I did not want to subject them to smoke smell. Plus I want to be healthy for them, my husband, and of course myself.

    Post # 68
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    Bee Keeper

    Women are twice as likely as men to get cancer and heart disease from it.

    Did you know most of the health effects are due to the fact that it has radioactive polonium in it? Every cig causes additional mutations and death in your lung (and other) cells. The cancer starts when a cell is damaged but not killed, and the DNA inside it is damaged but can still replicate. The replications will be mutations and if they are cancer, they will not have automatic limitations on them to do what’s best for the whole lung/body. Instead they will continue to replicate themselves constantly, making way too many copies of themselves, act only for their own benefit (your body’s harm) and thrive well past when your body would otherwise dictate it’s time for them to die. It’s like rebel leaders inside your body, working on a mutiny. If only they could somehow “know” that if they “win,” your body dies and so do they, since they are fully parasitic on your body.

    I smoked before I knew these things, now I’ll never smoke again. Quitting was a challenge and one that I won. Now it’s an accomplishment I’m proud of, and which I’ll be proud of for the rest of my life.

     My grandmother died from lung cancer and my aunt died from throat cancer, both from smoking.

    Post # 69
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    top two plus other: I don’t smoke because I think its disgusting and people tend to look their worst while doing it… plus I don’t want gawdawful teeth, breath, and fingers.

    Post # 70
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    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I haven’t read the other posts, but I think that in addition to the health risks & pre-mature aging…. its STINKY!

    Post # 71
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I picked one, and mainly because it’s gross disgusting habit and I think everyone including smokers can agree with that

    Post # 72
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    3195 posts
    Sugar bee

    So many reasons, but I actually find it really disgusting and smelly.

    Post # 73
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I have never and will never smoke. Same reason I wont do drugs. It’s not worth the risks, and I think it’s gross. It’s one thing for older adults to smoke because most didn’t know the dangers when they started..and addiction is a very hard thing to break. HOWEVER I get very angry at the young people my age and younger who were told over and over how bad it was and started anyway.

    Smoking is the worst. I think they should tax cigs like crazy!

    Post # 74
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Both of my grandfathers died of lung cancer (smokers). 

    My grandmother had emphysema, and died of lymphoma (greater risk of getting that if you’re a smoker, she was). 

    My uncle had emphysema and died of a combination of heart/lung problems (you guessed it– smoker). 

    My father began having heart problems when he was 45, which were at least contributed-to by his smoking earlier in life (even though he’d quit 16 years prior to that). 

    Basically– I’d be a moron to ever try smoking with my family history. I’ve never had a cigarette, and never wanted to. 

    Post # 75
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @KatyElle:  

    +1. I haven’t had an urge since. That said, an anti smoking campaign in college would’ve made me roll my eyes- people who smoke know the risks. Reinforcing them is a waste of time & money. I also tend to believe aging effects would be overexaggerated due to confounding variables (people who do one thing well known as being unhealthy tend to do others, those who tend to avoid health risks are healthy in multiple areas of life).

    Post # 76
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    When I was fifteen someone offered me a cigarette and asked me why I don’t  smoke. I have the same answer today as I did then. Why start something that you have the potential to be addicted to? If I never smoke I dont have to struggle to quit. I can spend my  money on things that will increase in value. I was the only teenager with a vintage vette :p  I wont smell like an ashtray and wont get myself grounded. All still apply today except the grounded part lol and yep still have my vintage vette. Its value increases yearly definitely was a better investment 😀

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