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Smoking- Why did you start?
« on: February 08, 2013, 05:57:25 AM »
For any current smokers or ex-smokers:

- How old were you when you started smoking?
- How long have you been smoking?
- Why did you first start smoking (what were you trying to cope with, etc...)?
- Why do you still smoke?

Ex-smokers:

(Answer all of the questions above except for the last one)
- How long ago did you quit smoking?
- What healthy alternatives did you find to help you cope?

Me:

- I started smoking on a regular basis when I was 18 (I experimented when I was 16 and 17)
- I have been smoking for 8 years
- I first started smoking on a regular basis because I have an eating disorder and I was trying to replace bingeing/purging with smoking (this didn't work). However, my anxiety and depression is the underlying cause of my eating disorder
- I still smoke because it's hard to quit, but also because it is how I cope with my anxiety
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Re: Smoking- Why did you start?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 06:10:06 AM »
Started smoking around the age of 15. I am 42. So a good few years now. I guess it was a case of everybody else is doing it, so I may as well give it a go. As to why do I still smoke? I think I will be smoking till the day I die. Never tried to quit. Don't want to quit. I accept that they can and do do harm to you. That is something I am willing to live with.
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Re: Smoking- Why did you start?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 07:15:48 AM »
I started smoking occasionally when I was 14 and was addicted by the time i was 16. I'm 19 now so ive been smokin for nearly 6 years. I'm not sure why i started smoking since the majority of the people i hung out with never took up the habit. The only reason i still smoke is because i can't bring myself to quit. It sucks :(
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Re: Smoking- Why did you start?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 11:00:17 PM »
I was 16 when I started

Ive been smoking for about 6 years

Why did I start , to be honest looked cool I guess lol

Why do I still smoke, One problem at a time!  :) Gotta fix other things before I can fix this one :)
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Re: Smoking- Why did you start?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013, 02:04:58 AM »
OK, I can't go back and read the questions so I am going from memory..... I started smoking at about 12, and was smoking up to 2 packs a day by time I was 14. I smoked for 15+ years. I stopped smoking right after my 29th birthday. I started smoking because I was young and wanted to look like my older friends, and my parents smoked. I stopped because Lung Cancer runs in my family and the thought of suffocating to death didn't do well with my anxiety. It really wasn't as hard to quit as I thought, once I got it in my head that I wanted to be free from addiction. I figured it would be easier for me to quit than looking my son in his eyes and telling him I was dying from cancer, and it was my fault because it was "too hard" to quit. I will never take another puff again. It is never one puff, one puff leads to a pack everytime. I hope all of the smokers on here do decide to quit. It really does feel good to say no, I will not give in to my addiction. Good luck yall :)

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