I recently bought a pack of cigarettes and have met with much outside resistance. While it seems generally accepted for some people to smoke cigarettes...it isn't like crack, where you find out a new friend does it and then have second thoughts about continuing to hang out with said addict. Several non-smokers remain friends with people who smoke.
Being friends with someone who is about to start smoking is a little bit more objectionable. People feel they can weigh in on the subject and tell the new smoker: they're stupid to start; cigarettes are filthy; I think you burned your hair trying to light that cigarette; you smell disgusting; you look like a fool, etc.
My body has also objected. Historically I've had weak lungs, childhood asthma, bi-annual bouts with bronchitis, and most recently 5 days in a hospital for a collapsed lung. Aside from lungs I feel my normally low blood pressure rising.
I put cigarettes up there with pleasureable activities like drinking coffee, eating something with frosting, doing yoga, or drinking whiskey. Smoking is pleasurable, relaxing and makes me feel light headed. I guess I will quite.
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