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Cigarettes are a huge part of many people’s lives and a familiar sight in today’s world. The Mayan civilisation chewed tobacco leaves and smoked, but they also mixed the tobacco leaves with other plants and herbs to make medicines. Columbus was probably the first European to see tobacco leaves and the first one to introduce tax on tobacco was King James I of England. 

Even though tobacco was very much enjoyed in the ancient world, the first health warnings began in the 1950s. Today, the tobacco industry receives negative publicity and the people are informed about the addictive and deadly effects of smoking. In spite of all the warnings, a good cigarette is enjoyed by many around the world.

What do you believe, should Smoking be banned permanently?


I am so glad that I gave up smoking 10 years ago. It is good that laws are in place to ban smoking in public places. The children today are lucky that they do not see smoking as the norm. I see less young people smoking than when I was younger.

I think if it wasn't that tobacco farming wasn't such big business and all the tax money collected wasn't so big they would outlaw cigs. Don't you agree there's a reason they keep allowing cigs to be produced?

I am so thankful that this is one bad habit I never picked up. Not even as a teenager. I am 25 years old and have never smoked a day in my life and I am proud of that,

I'm 30 now....and I have never smoked in my life....thanks to my parents, they taught me the bad things about smoking. Well it me as well I don't like smoking, it looks no fun to me...

There will never be an answer to whether smoking is bad, good or should be ban or allowed. All I know is that I would hate to think of some of the wonderful, intelligent individuals I would have never had the privilege of knowing had I based my decision to get to know them based on "Oh, they smoke, and I don't" or "I don't want someone with that nasty habit in my life"! I have been blessed with some of the most wonderful people in the world that, coincidentally, also smoke.

I do not smoke and I do not like to be around people who smokes. Smoking like so many other things are not good for you. I do not allow my children to be around who smokes.

I quit smoking about three years ago. I feel the urge to start up again when I am super stressed out, but I try not to start up again.

I know how hard it is to quit, I struggle with it every day. On like my 5th attempt to quit and hoping this will be the last time for me

Don't start again will do you no good to smoke...its worse to smoke when you are stressed out......just try to avoid..

Congratulations to you! I hope you can continue to resist the temptation! And be proud that you were able to quit, I wish my hubby would for the sake of everyones health in our home.

I was able to quite smoking for 5 years and then when my mother became ill, i was a coward and restarted. I do know that i can and must quit again some time soon. It's just not good.

I believe there is a decline in people smoking, I am an x smoker and it was terribly difficult to quit the habit but if I could do it anyone who really wants to can do it also.

I am a smoker myself and know how extremely hard it is to quit and hope that I can one day

I'm sure its very to quit, and I think you can do it, just keep trying. Set yourself into smoking less. Don't try to quit in one go...maybe try to smoke less each day.

Its just a long hard road and a bad habit to break, ecigs have helpped me a lot so im happy for how much ive progressed even still smoking...just one step at a time

I agree ecigs are a better alternative to regular cigs. I hope you can find a way to kick your habit one day!

i dont think there are as many smokers these days as they use to, you really dont see younger people smoking that much with all the bans on smoking most people cant smoke anymore unless they are home anyway

I think you don't see younger people as much because they are becoming more educated about the ailments due to smoking and it's a pricy habit. Perhaps when parents don't smoke teens and young adults won't either.

I see a lot of older people who smokes are starting to quit smoking, but the problems is that more and more younger generations have started to smoke worse than the older people.

I feel like smoking isn't for everyone but it is for some people. Personally the smell just makes me gag

I agree the smell can be overwhelming. We have all gotten used to having fresh air or a lovely fragrance around us... not a big cloud of smoke so we tolerate it even less.

I donot smoke and donot like being around smoke. I say that because they are addicting and expensive. I cannot pay 5 or 6 dollars for a pack of cigarettes

I agree. It's an addicting habit that has simply gone out of "fashion". I wish smokes were that cheap here most packs are $6 on sale here otherwise closer to $8 a pack and over time that's alot of money!

One of the most addictive and unhealthiest things to do, smoking is one of the worlds biggest killers.
Once you start, it's really hard to stop.
I used to smoke, but not anymore, and it was a **** struggle to stop.

I have seen people smoking before and they become so different after a while. If you try to talk to them sometimes they get upset because they don't have their cigarettes in their mouth. Think about your friend if you smoke... would they want that in the first place ? I don't think so.

I try not to smoke, but one of my Alters (Yuan) really likes to. He's rather good at not smoking, though. Mainly because he can't get a hold on cigarettes or anything. Trying to force the habit out, too.

I don't smoke. I am allergic to it. Something about the smoke from cigarettes bother me sometimes. I don't mind people smoking but it just makes it harder for me to breathe around it.

I have never smoked and have no intention to smoke at all. I'm allergic and very sensitive to cigarette smoke.

Smoking is a bad habbit to start, luckly I've never smoked and I don't wish too, it ruins your health, makes you smell and costs.
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