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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mottie, 24 Sep 2021.

  1. Mottie

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    Any smokers on here? I packed up nearly 18 years ago but I met up with a mate who still smokes and I asked him how much a packet of fags cost these days. I was shocked. He tells me every week his wife buys a pack of 200 for him and a pack of 200 for her at Tesco’s and that comes to…..£177.00. Wow! Filthy habit.
     
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  3. Brigade77

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    We don't mind if you don't smoke.
     
  4. JohnD

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    did you notice if he had gappy teeth (or dentures)?

    surprisingly common in smokers.
     
  5. Brigade77

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    Did you notice if he sufferred from constipation & is carrying around at least 4st of faeces in his bowels?

    Surprisingly common in ex-smokers !
     
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    I sort of given up smoking.

    I can take it or leave it. If I fancy a smoke I'll have a smoke.

    Mostly I smoke in social situations, I'm a bit of a weirdo and struggle socially and use it as a coping mechanism in some situations.

    If I have a beer down the pub I have to smoke feels odd of I don't. But it's rare I get to go out so it's not much of a problem.

    A pack of 20 Stirling costs a £10, I've recently had not sure on the name, but they are wrapped with leaf and are menthol with a pod. Can buy these in packs of ten for just less than a fiver, taste much nice than normal smokes.

    I bought them about 3 weeks ago and is the first smoke I've had for a year.

    Will probably be Xmas till I smoke again.

    Cost of smoking is horrendous, I couldn't do it all the time, as a treat every now and then it's ok.

    My parents both have up due to the spiralling costs (the health benefits were part of the reason also) after 40 odd years of smoking. Both feel much better for it.
     
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  7. conny

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    Yes, been smoking since I was 14-15 On average I smoke between 10-15 a day but used to smoke as many as 40 a day for a number of years.
    If I'm in work I limit myself to one every 3 hours or longer. When I worked in engineering many years ago and you could smoke anywhere, (including the canteen!), it was often 40 a day and if you were on an emergency job and did a 24 hour shift then 80 was no problem.
    Not bragging but I'm 65, my boss is 9 years younger and a non-smoker but when we walk up 4 flights of stairs to the roof he has to stop half way to catch his breath and rest his legs. In engineering youngsters used to challenge me to a stair challenge. I was in my late 40's and we had a steel staircase which led to a storage area above the workshop offices. There were 2 types of challenge. Speed challenge, which was fastest to the top and back down again or timed challenge where you kept going up and down for a set time, (usually 5 or 10 minutes). Whilst they were usually better at the speed challenge I was better at the stamina challenge and could beat all but one of them. Mind you, he was a hill runner for some club in North Wales. LOL When I have my annual medical it's always commented on how well I am for a man of my age and doing the puff test always hits high figures.
     
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    Never smoked, ever.
     
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    As above, never tried it. My old man smoked for 40 years years before giving up and I was never tempted, I still do hate the smell.

    My MIL smoked for 50 years and stopped at a ripe old age. After that it was all downhill strangely enough.
     
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    I don't understand how people afford it. I couldn't

    Studied COPD when doing Health Sciences, smoking affects so many people, but they don't talk about it. Often, they can't.



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    It's an insidious little habit that's for sure. I started at 15 round the back of the bike sheds at school, I was enticed there by a couple of girls with a packet of No.6. Strange looking back at the 70's and remembering people smoking on buses, in the cinema, on planes, everywhere, and I'm sure non smokers were a minority.
    I was glad when they banned it in pubs because the missus never smoked and would often not go to the pub because being surrounded by people smoking was unpleasant for her, I found the pubs to be cleaner, and was happy to go out the back for a smoke, in fact it generated a sort of 'sub culture' of exiles, like round the back of the bike sheds at school, with the girls who had a packet of No.6.
    Anyway, blocked arteries saw me fitted with a stent about 13 years ago and a few years after that I gave up the fags.

    These days I use an electronic device which satisfies my addiction to nicotine, no tar involved so the lungs are better for it, I've toyed with the idea of giving that up but quite frankly, it's inexpensive, and I enjoy it, perhaps not as enjoyable as those sessions round the back of the bike shed involving the two girls with a packet of No.6, but hey ho.
     
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    I'm not sure anything would better those 2 girls, by the sounds of things!
     
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    Could run a nice sailing yacht for the cost of what that couple spend or have a month in Barbados every year.
     
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    A very close work friend of mine, he started smoking at 15 and gave up 1st July 2007….and never smoked since.

    Sadly I went to his funeral on Thursday, he died of a heart attack, age 68. He was still working full time, had loads of stamina

    He was gardening with his wife, felt suddenly tired, pain in arm, died within minutes.
     
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    The most pointless, unnecessary, costly, stinking addiction ever to plague the planet.

    "But I like to smoke..."

    No you dummy, you are addicted to nicotine. Who on Gods gracious earth actually wants to stink, wants to severely harm their health and cause revulsion to those close to them. Addicts eh.:rolleyes:
     
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    No worse than alcohol
     
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