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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Why Did I Start Smoking In The First Place?

I have an early childhood memory. I was probably about five years old or somewhere around that age.

A guest was at our house. She left a pack of cigarettes on our coffee table. I clearly remember looking at them and thinking they looked pretty neat. I thought to myself that I wanted to try them one day.

Is that what started it? Probably not really. It was just a fleeting thought. I think the real reason I started was to express my independence and to feel cool. I was 12 when I tried my first cigarette. Little did I know that my quest for independence would turn into dependance!

I hung around a few kids that occasionally smoked. It was my idea to try it, I won't blame anyone else. It did make me feel older and cool. Pathetic to admit but I think that is very common.

If by chance there is any young person reading this now, I urge you to not to smoke. It is not cool to poison your body. It does not make you your own person. All it does it make you weak and a tobacco puppet.

Can you remember why you started smoking???


txmedicalfreak said...

It has been about 20 years since I started smoking, maybe a little longer. This is an interesting question...I can't remember why I started? I will have to get back to you on this one.

Anonymous said...

For me, it was strictly peer pressure. I was 13 at the time, when a friend handed me my first cigarette.

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