Now I find myself defending other Kevin Anthony's posts. I suppose we are a rather exclusive club.
Which part of "Smoking gives you a Head Rush" don't you agree with? Are you arguing that infrequent or non-smokers don't get a little nicotine high? Cause I'm an infrequent smoker and I can tell you for a certainty head rush is the right term. As for you're slippery slope argument, please refrain, it is, and always has been, a terrible argument. Also, you're really going to categorize smokes as a gateway drug?
No sir,you did,with your head rush analogy.
No, I didn't, and the analogy didn't either. I acknowledge that nicotine is a drug, and that cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, etc.. are all delivery forms for that drug, that is not in debate. You characterized those items as a gateway drug, a drug which leads down a mysterious and treacherous slope to the inevitable consumption of more serious drugs. I don't buy that, tobacco consumers do not, by and large, become consumers of marijuana, marijuana consumers, do not, by and large become heroine consumers.... If that argument were true the worlds amphetamine problem would be dire indeed.
I like smoking because it gives me a sort of high, relaxation, clearness of mind, peace from within, well being, satisfaction, gratification, and is a pleasure. Is the cherry on my cake after eating, after sex, during a good conversation, when i wake up and when I'm going to sleep...
I led a mission trip to Istanbul for three weeks once, with two other people on my team. They both smoked, and so did everyone in Istanbul. After that, I decided to learn how to smoke so that I could easily talk to people and start conversations instead of just standing there looking stupid while everyone else smoked. Plus, I lived in Portland at the time, and all the cool kids were doing it. Anyway, my smoking habit only lasted about 3 months. I quit after the time I smoked a clove cigarette and it made me vomit. I found out later that cigarettes are detrimental for someone with my very rare eye condition, so that solidified it- I don't care how cool it is, I'd rather not be completely blind and cancerous.
I usually smoke between two times a week to once a month depending on certain situations. This has been the case for a few years. Usually I will smoke if I'm at a camp fire or relaxing at home, I stay away from it when I'm stressed or feel most any negative emotions because that is not my purpose for smoking.
I smoke a pipe with either flavored tobaccos or a smooth aromatic blends. The flavor, the smell, the feeling of the pipe. It all plays a role in the experience, not to mention the skill required to pack it properly, tamp it just right, and the patience it takes to puff slow enough to keep water from condensing and yet keeping it lit the whole time, and the maintenance that a pipe requires (it must be cleaned very well after its cooled down, then allowed to dry before it's used again).
I smoke because I like the taste, I smoke as a hobby more than a habit, but most of all I smoke because I want to, only when I want to.
This, but without the skill and with cigars once or twice a month with the guys, and some scotch. Yeah, I left that all one sentence. Deal with it.
Well, I have no shortage of grammatical issues myself. Grammatical rules are more guidelines in this sort of arena I would tend to believe. Shared meaning is what's most important here. I understand what you mean, you understand what we mean. Grammatical crimes committed, yes, but meaning still shared.
I was, if you consider grammar to be a serious issue, being facetious. Also, lazy.. and slightly combative. Crimes!? Crimes, he says!
Haha I was playing, and exaggerating to the ridiculous.
Most smokers start when they are young, reckless, and stupidly possessed of the notion that they know everything and are immortal. Ironically, it may actually be that our laws intended to make it hard for kids to smoke creates the very appeal that draws them in, because it seems to imply that, like sex, smoking is for adults only.
So, most of the adults who seem to give young people the example that adults smoke actually started when they were children. I'm almost 65, have known many a smoker, and have never met one who started as an adult.
BTW, I'm lucky that childhood asthma kept me from even trying my first cigarette. In college I tried marijuana, but it irritated my lungs and threatened to initiate an asthma attack. Since by then I had more or less outgrown asthma attacks, I didn't wish to risk having them again.
My brother started smoking when he was 23. He was deployed in Afghanistan and everyone else was doing it. Whether or not 23 year old's are really adults is a whole 'nother thing.
I'm kidding..kind of..settle down.