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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 hate people who smoke in public places. suppouse a person with athsma or other lung problems is there. some people really hate they smell, please be considerate

I think it's everyones right to be able to make their own choices even if there are risks. I don't like second hand cigarette smoke but I wouldn't want someone else to control my life choices as an adult.

In my opinion, smoking is a expensive habit to keep up. Someone once told me, if they kept save the money they spent in cigarette each year, they would be rich.

I smoke even though I really hate to admit that. I have tried to quit several times and have not been able to do it yet. My husband quit about years ago and he said that he just put it out and never picked it back up again.

During the summer my children will be at the beach. I am going to try again while they are gone. I figured if I do not have really anything here at home stressing me out then I might be able to quit this time now the only thing that might mess with me is the bills and money LOL.

Stress was my number one reason for always picking one up. Life is tough. I do wish you the best on trying to quit again.

Thank you Jae'La and you are right stress is the biggest thing. My husband keeps telling me that it is just an excuse. But it really is hard for me I am not like him and able to just put it down and never touch it again.

you're welcome. Believe me I know. I told myself excuse after excuse for 4 years on and off trying to quit. but have left them alone now for 5 months. I am very proud of my self usually after the second month I would pick it back up

That is really great what did you use to help you finally quit? I was doing good at one point I was working and only bring like 5 home with me and if I ran out of those then that was it until I went back to work. But now I am home all day every day LOL and I am finding my self smoking even more then I did then.

it honestly took a lot for me to quit. I bought a hookah pen and bought the oils with no nicotine in them to use at first

I started doing crafts again after that which helped a lot. so I started a little craft business selling all kinds of hand made items which took a lot of my mind off of it.

I also cook meals and sell $5. plates to people in my town. keeping my mind busy kept my mind off wanting that cigarette and after a while I just stopped thinking about them all together.

That sounds pretty good I might have to try that as I love to do crafts as well. Thanks for the insight I will remember that.

I have smoked for sometime now and I am for sure trying to quit but its not as easy as just saying quit. I hope I can do it though

I wish you the best on quitting. I know it took me forever I kept quitting and going back. It is not easy but if you put your mind to it you can do it.

Thank you Jae'la, I have quit before I don't know why I started again, I will try my best I know I can do it

you are very welcome. believe me I know how hard it is. I would quit for a few months and go right back but I am doing my best not to go back now. I have been done for 5 months now

I hope that you are able to quit this time Martin. I know that it is very hard. The thing that will be going through my head is before my grandpa passed away I promised him I would quit and that has been several years more like to years ago.

Maybe you can find something to help you out as well. Do you have children? If you have children maybe you can talk to them about asking you to quit and making it a big deal when they are around you and you are smoking and maybe you can promise them that you will quit.

I hope I am too, and im sorry about your grandfather. and I tell my son to never ever smoke and i go outside to smoke whenever i do and when i come in ill brush my teeth and give my hands a good washing. i don't want to promise him i will quit just yet because i have been under a lot of stress lately and i don't want to lie to him

I don't smoke and I don't want to be around second hand smoke. I have read that second hand smoke can cause a lot of harm.

Although smoking is not good for you, the government should not step in to make the decision for you. As a responsible adult, it is up to you to make that decision for yourself. Smoking cigarettes and the consequences is a topic that is publicly displayed on TV, in magazines and on the internet. There is enough information out there for someone to make an informed decision on their own. I was a long time smoker and I quit cold turkey almost 2 years ago. I feel great and I am so happy that I am not among the smokers anymore.

I think the government steps in because of the cause of smoking to the environment and the 'passive smokers'. It is more dangerous to passive smokers, especially kids, thats why maybe they are making some moves.

I don't think smoking should be banned permanently. I think it should be up to a person to chose if they want to smoke. I currently smoke but I am in the process of quitting

I do believe that there areas intended for smoking because sometimes some people don't like getting smoked by other people's cigarette.

I really really really want to stop smoking but I just can't. It's very hard for me to quit it. I think I'm already addicted. I'm so worried about what's going to happen to me.

I'm in the process of quitting. It helps when you are somewhere you can't smoke. The longer periods without a cigarette and with something keeping you busy makes you less likely to smoke as much. I also heard that a few days of going to a sauna helps to sweat the toxins out

Good luck Shannon on your decision! Keeping as busy as possible does help. Also drinking alot of water. How much were you smoking a day?

i was smoking almost a pack a day! now I am down to smoking 2max a day if that. Sometimes I can go a whole day without smoking. I have a daughter so she keeps me pretty busy and keeps me from smoking

are you doing it on your own or are you doing the patch or pills for it? I know how hard it is. Good luck!

on my own. I tried pills before but it seems on my own at mt own pace is a lot easier for me. and thanks for the support

I am to cheap to buy cigarettes. I refuse to spend thousand0s of dollars on cigarettes. I do see how people do it.

yes should be smoking is banned permanently in our country smoking is banned in public places , smoking can cause some huge health problems such as lugs problems

I think cigarettes were probably ok until the cigarette companies came along and added chemicals. What they should ban is the chemicals they put in them.

My smoking habit made me qualify for a survey on InstaGC, lmao… At least one good thing that comes out of this. :'-)

I think they should be banned exspecially since there are so many added chemicals that are not just going into the body but into the air.

smoking shouldn't be banned permanently. I do agree that do need to control second hand smoke like ball games etc. I am a smoker myself. I don't believe they can enforce me to stop smoking in my own personal car like sitting in a parking lot.

I don't get what kind of benefits do people enjoy when they smoke cigarettes. It isn't helping our environment and it just gives sickness to the smoker and the people around him/her.

I wish there are no producers in tobacco because my father is influenced by his friends to consume it which causes us to him.

I think I'm getting closer to being a heavy smoker. I could smoke like 5 sticks a day. I really want to quit but I couldn't.

Hey you live in Korea? Glad to see someone who lives in my birth country..could I ask you what do you over there?

Hi Joon, I'm a Filipino but currently I live in Korea. I work for a private Hagwoon. kkkkk I'm in Gyeonggi..

I never thought that you're a Filipino Kenneth. I thought you are Korean because of your profile. Anyway, I am gratified that I came from our race.

I smoke and personally I would love it if they went out of exsistance. That would make it real easy to quit wouldn't it? and then I wouldn't have to hear people complaining all the time. They should ban alcohol too.

It would be nice if it never existed in the first place but then I'm sure people would find something else to smoke.

Funny story my mother shared with me this past weekend when she ran out of smokes. She rolled tea from a tea bag. Oh that would be so awful .

I think this matter has made enough public awareness especially about the negative aspects but still, people smoke. If we ban smoking now, smokers would still be around. So I think, if a person wants to stop, he must decide it upon himself.
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