A few friends of mine smoke and I just don't see the appeal. Why?

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Hey, you're not alone out there! I'm a proud trifecta myself. But get this: I don't even enjoy COFFEE because it tastes like hot, bitter saliva. Really, I essentially have the taste buds of a 6-year-old. I think fruit snacks are my favorite food, probably. I have been drunk a few times, but concluded that it was definitely not fun enough to bother doing again. Putting up with bars? No thank you. Spending that kind of money for a drink that tastes 1/10 as good as the free glass of Coke they serve you at those bars? No thank you.

 

I cannot in my wildest dreams imagine smoke tasting good or making me feel any sort of pleasure. The excuse for a break and to stand outside I find appealing, however. Not remotely appealing enough to smoke, though, Christ no.

The appeal I think is, at first, to look cool (mission failed imo) and then once you have had the first few puffs, the appeal becomes the feeling you get from it... some kind of relaxing high. And thirdly, it is the nicotine addiction which is the appeal.

 

If you are thinking about trying it, don't. To me, a girl becomes way less attractive if she smokes and I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way.

Totally. Absolute, unquestionable, relationship-potential killer.

So is being short, fat, out of shape, out of work, too opinionated, opposing theological/political outlook, and a huge number of other factors.

Well, sure. Although I kind of like short. But there's no chance we'll have a relationship if she's a smoker, no matter her other traits. Luckily my wife feels the same!

I'm not even talking about relationship potential.... I'm talking about seeing some girl on the street I've never even spoken to and thinking "wow she is physically attractive" (or thoughts to that effect), then noticing she has a cigarette in her hand and that wow factor of 8+/10 drops to about 2/10... almost completely disinterested.

Tobacco or Cronek?!

"Appeal" might not be the best description, but it's essentially a break and relaxation. I started smoking more heavily while in the military as it passed time, reduced pangs of hunger, and provided quiet moments to reflect.

It has the same appeal as most other psychoactive drugs, be it caffeine, alcohol, THC, alkaloids, opiates, etc.

Stimulants are addictive.  They make us feel energetic and clear-minded.

 

Unfortunately, the stimulant in tobacco is spiked with a witches' brew of irritants, toxins and carcinogens.

 

I get the benefits without the harmful additional chemicals by using electronic cigarettes.  A liquid containing nicotine is heated by electric current from a battery to the point that it vaporizes, and I inhale it just as I inhaled cigarette smoke.  The nicotine is still addictive, but I've been addicted to nicotine for 35 years.

 

A bonus is that the nicotine liquid, called e-liquid, is not subject to any tobacco tax.  I figure that I spend about 75 cents a day on the liquid, which I mix myself and can be any flavor I choose.  I add a touch of food-grade flavoring, which is sold by companies like LorAnns and Flavourart as cooking and candy flavor concentrates.  Most flavors produce no smell to those around me, and the vapor doesn't set off smoke alarms.  I'm not suggesting using electronic cigarettes in airplane restrooms, just saying ... ;-)

 

I breathe a lot easier these days, and I spend less and worry less.

Wish the smokers in my life would switch over.  Quiting ain't gonna happen, so this is probably the best they could do for their health.

Having been asleep for eight hours and then waking up to a mug of coffee and having your first cigarette of the day.it's the closest thing to heaven I'll ever believe in.

Well said, I love that feeling too.

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