Do you smoke? If so, why do you smoke and how many packs do you smoke?
Yes I smoke. I smoke because I'm addicted to nicotine and I have, over the ten years that I've been a smoker, been both brainwashed by "others" and by myself into believing that it will be a source of immense anxiety, stress and physical discomfort to try and quit.
If you're no longer a smoker, have you ever smoked? If so, how did you give up- was it easy for you or did you struggle?
I have attempted to give up many times. Longest I managed was most of my second pregnancy. It was hell.
If you've never smoked in your life, would you ever consider trying it?
If anyone even considers answering yes to this question... I would seriously advise against trying it. It is one of the worst decisions you can make with your life.
And finally, what are your thoughts on smoking in general?
Do you think it should be made legal in public places like before (like, pubs, trains, etc.)? Or totally banned?
I dislike smoking. Yes, I'm a smoker, but I do not like that I am a smoker.
Yes it should be banned in public places. It's not a healthy habit. I'm used to being shunned and restricted to smoking 'areas' outside now. We're going on holiday to Cuba this year were it's still legal to smoke in public places and I'm actually not looking forward to it as I don't like the idea of anybody being allowed to smoke whilst so close to my children. I don't smoke near them and I don't want anybody else doing it either.
Despite being a smoker that hates smoking, some non smokers that argue against smokers just plain p!ss me off.
I love the argument that anyone who smokes shouldn't be treated in hospital for smoking related illnesses. Yeah. Just like fat people shouldn't be treated for diabetes and heavy drinkers shouldn't be treated for liver problems.
And the few times I've had to go to A&E on a weekend night because one of the kids have been ill, has it been smokers filling the waiting room complaining of a cough? No, it's been drunks and crackheads with bleeding faces and broken limbs who are taking up the nurses and doctors' time.
Yeah, lets ban smoking everywhere and treat smokers like lepers, but lets bring in 24 hour lisencing for bars so we can all get pissed 24 hours a day. Makes perfect sense. I've also never heard of a smoker going crazy and beating their SO up, but I know lots of violent drunks.
Now see, I don't drink heavily or regularly and I don't do drugs because of the changes to behaviour that it causes, but you don't see me telling people they shouldn't drink. It's their choice. If they want to saturate their liver with booze and addle their brains with weed, let them.
And as a final note... I am currently reading the book 'Easyway to stop smoking'. I highly reccomend it to all smokers. It talks a lot of sense and changes your attitude to the giving up process. I plan to give up using the book sometime soon (when I have the guts)... and I suspect I will be far more successful than any previous attempts with NRT.