Smoking Poll 2016/ 2017

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Commotion, Jan 7, 2016.

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TICK ALL THAT APPLY

  1. I smoke 10+ a day

    10.4%
  2. I smoke fewer than 10 a day

    10.4%
  3. I smoke, but not every day

    3.0%
  4. I am a "social smoker" (I.e. only when pissed)

    9.0%
  5. I am an ex smoker

    10.4%
  6. I smoke more than ever

    3.0%
  7. I smoke less than I used to

    7.5%
  8. I am actively trying to quit

    3.0%
  9. I have successfully quit in the past, but relapsed

    10.4%
  10. I would like to quit someday, but not yet

    10.4%
  11. I never intend to quit

    3.0%
  12. I have never been a smoker

    50.7%
  13. Other (please specify)

    4.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Commotion

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    Since yesterday it has been 5 months since I quit cigarettes (so long as you don't count the little fall off the wagon when I visited Amsterdam in October).

    I have not used a Vape or any other quitting aids, I've just gone cold turkey.

    I know that my health is obviously much better, but I have gained about 6 kilos and have had to go out a size in trousers.

    This is not good. At the moment I am trying to monitor my food intake more strictly as I want to get back to my pre-quitting weight.

    My skin is much clearer and apparently I look younger.

    I still don't feel I've beaten it fully - it still requires vigilance.
     
  2. Ag

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    I just hit four months, not a single slip up. I barely vape now really, only when I drink and even then I don't start until quite a way in.

    I have put on weight, but I am quite at ease with dad bod at this stage of my life.

    My teeth are much whiter and I can do short runs to bus stops, without running out of breath.
     
  3. Ag

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    So pleased I now fall into the ex-smoker category. I expect that figure to increase in coming years.
     
  4. Ag

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    I see Kate has never been a smoker, but happily smoked weed (inc tobacco) with me? :D
     
  5. That One

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    I only smoke 1-2 a day now I can't smoke in my new flat. I was able to in my last place and went through 6-7 a day. I am planning to probably give up soon, but I'm still working my way through the 200 I bought on holiday in September.
     
  6. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I only ever really smoked socially (so yes, when pissed), but that was still fairly rare, and I never had to 'quit' in a sense - I certainly had no addiction to it, nor had to struggle in the slightest to stop doing it. So I never know what to put on these polls; saying I'm an 'ex smoker' doesn't feel right, but then saying 'I've never been a smoker' clearly isn't correct either. I guess strictly it ought to be the former, although I'm quite certain that I've smoked less in my life time than some people here have in a month. Quite probably in one week.
     
  7. Kate

    Kate most die in your bedroom

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    I didn't think the VERY OCCASIONAL SPLIFF counted :D
     
  8. Indie

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    I smoke about 4 a day. Unless I go out.
     
  9. ButterTart

    ButterTart Welcome to die

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    Christ, that's self control. I brought 400 back with me from Tenerife and they lasted not much over two weeks.

    With the stress of the past few months (and the changes in mental health that have come with it), I've started to go a bit mental with the smoking. I'm easily clearing 25 a day, which I can't afford, and have to will myself to not light up even more. I know I'll need to quit at some point in the near future, but I don't want to and I reckon I'll go full Miss Haversham demented without them.
     
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  10. Jætike

    Jætike Gay horses eat hay

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    I found out what Vape is at my high school gathering :( my old friends have met idiots in university that will set off the thing in lecture theatres, making the whole room stink of cheap mango.

    Does it raise more eyebrows when women smoke? My all-girl gang was taken aback when one of us came out as a social smoker (I.e. Only when stressed and clubbing)

    The weight-loss effect from smoking is a teensy bit tempting, but I rely too much on my complexion and voice to hold my job
     
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  11. ButterTart

    ButterTart Welcome to die

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    I don't think it's a problem over here when women smoke - most of the heaviest chain smokers I know are women.

    I smoke loads and I'm a right fat piece, so I wouldn't advise it as a weight-maintenance strategy. I do, however, have a lovely complexion and a touch of Bonnie Tyler in my singing voice. In conclusion, it's swings and roundabouts.
     
  12. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    There's something about old women smoking that I find particularly tragic, which is quite sexist of me, but then also no doubt related to the fact that my mother is approaching 70 and still smokes (I suspect) just over 20 a day.
     
  13. Ag

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    Be careful you'll have tags about that soon.
     
  14. ButterTart

    ButterTart Welcome to die

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    :D! The only tags I've had about me so far are MrsLedin-related, so a bit of depression shaming might be a welcome change of pace.
     
  15. Kate

    Kate most die in your bedroom

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    Mr Kate's mum is 83 and has smoked 30 a day since she was 12. It finally caught up with her a few months ago when she had to go to hospital with chronic lung disease, emphysema and all sorts, but she still refuses to cut down.

    She tried vaping but said it was "like sucking a biro", so that was the end of that.
     
  16. Ag

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    Holy hell. Lesser smokers have carked it by that stage.

    I'm still waiting to see a doctor who asks if I smoke and I can be all NO FOUR MONTHS.
     
  17. Kate

    Kate most die in your bedroom

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    I know right. She eats total crap as well. What a legend :disco:
     
  18. lolly

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    My grandmother smoked from the same sort of age until a very similar age (and a similar amount), but then when she broke her ankle just gave up when she was in hospital, and never had another one. She said she felt no withdrawal at all, which I always found rather odd, but then I think I've read somewhere that a small (but not insignificant) proportion of people don't get physically addicted to it. She lived until she was 96.

    As I've said before, my father was a very heavy smoker (40+ a day for most of his life, I'd be quite certain) from the age of 14 or so, then gave up when he was 60. Six months later he was dead.
     
  19. Ag

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    I kinda get the feeling it's almost worth carrying after a certain while. For the first few weeks of quitting, it did feel it had been keeping my body from falling apart and quitting let all the repressed carnage out on a free run. If you're immune system is down and that happens, than it's not a pretty combo.
     
  20. ButterTart

    ButterTart Welcome to die

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    Motherfucker. True, though.

    Lolly, a similar thing happened to the Mum of one of my old workmates. She was a heavy smoker until she had a funny turn, and she immediately packed them in. Less than a month later she was dead of a heart attack - her doctor maintained that quitting put too much stress on her heart when it was already weak.
     
  21. Kate

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    What got your dad in the end, lolly?

    That Smokefree advert has been on twice since I put the telly on half an hour ago. Seriously vile :gross:
     
  22. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    The primary cause was a perforated stomach ulcer.
     
  23. Halli

    Halli sippin' champagne from a paper cup

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    Only when pissed, and really trying to stop that too
     
  24. Dr Lecter

    Dr Lecter HAS BEEN

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    Yeah still smoking

    I got a vape that lasted an afternoon about three months ago .
     
  25. Indie

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    You can always rely on a smoking topic to bring Dr. L out of the woodwork.
     
  26. Ag

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    Went to the gym for the first time since I quit. Normally when I make a gym return it's a proper mess, but I barely broke a sweat.

    A real physical benefit!
     
  27. Commotion

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    I have a hacking cough and a bunged up chest at the moment but at least I know this is just winter ill health and not smoking consequences.
     
  28. Indie

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    I am smoking RIGHT NOW
     
  29. graves

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    Me too.

    I am considering buying a VAPE though
     
  30. Indie

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    I have a vape also. I feel like I'm mixing drugs.
     
  31. Ag

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    I've not got to full cold stage this winter yet.

    I noted that my blood pressure while running was way down to a normal level which is awesome.
     
  32. Ag

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    Nearly 150 days. The notable lack of illness this winter, does make me WONDER.
     
  33. Commotion

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    Next week is my 6 month anniversary.
    This is somewhere I never thought I would be.
     
  34. Commotion

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    6 months done.

    Marginally heavier.
    Considerably healthier.
     
  35. Ag

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    I've passed 6 months a while back. On to 200 days now.

    Not even ONE. Everyone else I know who has given up hasn't been as one hundred percent clean as myself. I'd be really upset I think if I smoked.
     
  36. Devil

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    I intend to give up in the next year or two.

    Quite content currently.
     
  37. Ag

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    I had intent for YEARS. By the time I quit I knew it was my last few months/ years of it. I had become utterly sick of it.
     
  38. Commotion

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    Day 229 here.

    I have had a couple of slip ups in this time - but have only smoked about 3 cigarettes since August 7th last year.,
     
  39. Devil

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    I'm starting to get to that point. I do still enjoy it but the whole health side is starting to appeal a lot more in recent months/years that I'm starting to gear up to it (I hope).
     
  40. Rhythmbarbican

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    Never really been a smoker. I bought a pack when I was 16, because it was legal, and haven't done since. I used to be a social cigar smoker but that got boring quickly.
     

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