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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?

Sylvia Frazier
eye smoke. do not have the urge to quit. eye enjoy smoking. and with all the roll-your-own equipment available currently you get to cut that bill in half, safely.
Kris P. Bacon
I live in a second-floor apartment and I have a shared landing that I share with my next door neighbor.

She smokes on the patio multiple times throughout each day. My bedroom window directly faces this area. So, in the summertime I either die from the heat, or open my window and get blasted with smoke every hour or two! It's terrible.
Sylvia Frazier
no, no, no kris. while i understand the discomfort that can be caused to non-smokers from smokers but all we can do is not blow it in someones face! i would say she is within considerable guidelines - she has no control over how the building was erected and in other instances such as wind directions. HOWEVER, if it is really a problem that you can't live with i would suggest a fan (blowing away from your window). perhaps, even approach the neighbor with a gift of a fan and so very nicely ask her to place it where it blows the smoke away (OR into the other neighbors window)
Kris P. Bacon
I'm not a smoker and I'd never start, but I'm almost (ALMOST) jealous of those who do, because it looks cool.
I mean, yeah in elementary school they try to make you think it doesn't look cool, but it does... It's hard to look as nonchalant and aloof as someone with a cigarette between their fingers.
But maybe I've just been brainwashed successfully by the ad campaigns, I don't know.
Amanda Grace
I am a smoker and need to quit. I can feel it getting to my breathing and I am only in my 30s. Need to stop before it is too late.
Debra Meilahn
I use to smoke and it was my decision to do so. I know a lot of people at work that are on a girl at work to quit because it is a nasty habit . yes I agree that it is and am glad that I don' t smoke anymore but if a person has never smoked before they do not have any idea how hard it is to quit. I will never jump her about it and I try to support her. I craved cigarets for 7 years after I quit but just never lit one up or I knew that I would have been hooked again. I look at it like any addiction if you keep telling some one to quit they are going to rebel. you have to be ready and make your mind up. and some of the meds that they have that you can take the side effects are so bad I would not take the stuff
Sylvia Frazier
say what?? ban smoking? unbelieveable. i just came off the topic of legalizing marijuana. i would completely dismiss this topic if it were not for - i believe anything can happen when certain people get behind an idea. PHOOEY
Kris P. Bacon
Nobody wants to ban people smoking on their own private property, just in public spaces.

If public alcohol intoxication is a crime, public smoking of any kind should be as well. If your behavior or smoke is going to be disruptive to others, just stay home.
Dawn Mcglothin
well after reading some comments on here i have to say i am a smoker and I do not understand some comments made are here for example smoking is stupid...well its a personal choice by each person.
Kris P. Bacon
Choices can be stupid. Sorry, but it's true.
It's like choosing to play the lottery, choosing to join a cult, or choosing to pet a wild wolf.
Sandra Lord
I tried smoking once, while in college. I had asthmatic bronchitis so badly, for two weeks, that i never did it again.
I am glad that i did not pick up the habit. I do know that some people do continue to smoke, despite asthma or other lung conditions.
John Crider
I can't stand smoaking at all if you ask me. It is horrible for you and the smell of it is just the worst ever.
Katie K
What I can't stand is other people who smoke and then impose their nasty habit onto you. Like standing right outside a store front puffing toward the entrance, so that I now have to breathe that in. It makes me want to yell at them, but most of the time I just cough loudly in their direction and keep walking.
Victoria Sheffield
I am thankful that I have never been a smoker. I think that this is a very bad habit. I don't understand why people ignore the warnings.
Tanya Phillip
I do not understand either, why people smoke, an old friend told me it was just a habit he got into, I had to remind him, no one forced him to chose or continue with the habit. I guess it is a matter of choice.
Katie K
I don't understand why people start. I mean I can see it if you are in your 40's and 50's because you would have started when all this info about it was not around, but now teenagers today starting to smoke just drives me crazy. I don't get it, everyone knows how bad it is now.
Viola Thornell
I never thought about how badly I smelled until after I had quit the nasty habit. Now it makes me ill feeling to smell someone who smokes a lot or to smell the cigarette smoke when someone is close to me with one. I try not to be a nagger about it however.
Michelle Houchlei
I smoke, but not in my house or vehicle. I cannot stand the smell of other people smoking and I think it is disgusting to smoke in a house.
Tonya Bangart
My mom was is the same. She smoked from about age 11 until she got lung cancer in her 50's. She recently apologized to my sister and me. When we were kids, she would get angry with us for complaining about the smell. We would even tell her that the kids in school teased us non-stop because we stunk of smoke. (She smoked in home and in the car.) She thought we were exaggerating. Then she quit smoking. Now she understands just how bad that smell is to a non-smoker.
Sandra Lord
My father was a lifelong smoker....or at least he was until he had severe heart disease. I hated the smell of it in the house, in the air. I hated being around my dad when he smoked. The only time he did not smoke was when i was sick with asthmatic bronchitis, and he smoked outside then. Smoking is soooo hazardous to your health and your loved ones.
Kimberly Coleman
I smoked 15+ yrs of my life and quit it cold turkey once I became pregnant. It's a mind thing you have to want to and have a strong willpower. I am so happy I did . I tried one after quitting when my son was 9 mths old and nearly vomited the smell and taste not to mention the feeling was something sort of poisonous in taste and feel
Mrs. Wilson
I quit a few years ago myself. I agree, you really have to want to quit. I wasn't really the one that wanted to quit, after it had been about a month and I tried to smoke one, it made me sick. UGH. I was so glad that happened because anytime I wanted one I would remember how icky I felt. Best thing i ever did!
Kimberly Coleman
my son saved me I honestly do not think I would have ever quit and had I known how bad I smelled then I would have been so embarrassed ...My mother let me start smoking at 13 and I had been 2 packs a day nearly for 20 yrs. I was so happy that I had the power to quit but really did it was thinking if you smoke your handing your infant a smoke and that is wrong or what if he comes out ill because you smoked and you are as terrible to him as your mother was to you. all that helped me greatly a. My thought now that he is not in my tummy is how much he will need me and how much cleaner his and my lungs are without it . wish all moms thought this way
Aydin Nylund
smoking is stupid if you want to get a nicotine fix why not just buy a e cig with 10 nicotine. The plus sides of them you can you can smoke them anywhere. They don't smell and they are pretty fun haha.
MJ Knits
e cigs are still addictive and have negative health effects. They also have not been around long enough to completely understand their long term health effects. The fact of the matter is, inhaling anything into your lungs, even vapor, will have a lasting impact.
Starla Gaines
I agree. Also some people get addicted to the feel of the cigarette and even to the smoke. There is a lot more to addiction than meets the eye. I am just glad I never picked up the habit.
MJ Knits
It is a life long struggle. I have quit so many times, and started up again. I know people who haven't smoked in YEARS who still will have cravings.
Ocean Tiara
It is a wicked curse is smoking nicotine. No wonder they call it the nico demon. I just started back up and hope to quit again soon right quick. It is a never ending battle.
Starla Gaines
What I can't stand is smokers who are jerks about their nasty habit. I cannot be around smoke without it causing a bad reaction. I get a headache, my sinuses act up and it makes me cough real bad. I grew up around smokers.
MJ Knits
Smokers should be respectful of nonsmokers. As a smoker, I stay away from open windows, bus shelters, and people with small children. It's just polite.
Mrs. Wilson
when I was a smoker i never realized how bad it stunk. I would actually get offended if someone was bothered by my smoke! After quitting it all smelled so bad. I can smell someone who smokes by walking by them..can't believe I spent all those years stinking!
Jason Richards
Smoking bans are ridiculous.
The government telling private business owners that they and their patrons cannot smoke inside their own place of business is the government needlessly sticking their face into something that didn't need changing. You don't like smoke? Fine, don't go to that bar. There were plenty of smoke-free bars/restaurants/etc before the mandated smoking bans came down, there is no reason to believe they would magically go away.
Starla Gaines
There is a bar down the street from me that does seem to allow smoking in it now. It sucks for me because I personally don't like the smoke. I no longer go there now. It's too bad. I liked that place.
Eve York
Maybe if you talked to the management. I know I did that at a place I liked to go for lunch and the manager said he wasn't aware and would watch it more closely. The other manager let them get away with it.
Starla Gaines
I believe the management does not care. I live in a smallish town and that place is pretty popular in the area. I doubt anything will happen unless too many people complain.
Eve York
You are probably right. Second hand smoke still isn't take very seriously by a lot of people. Which is very sad. It has been proven to be a health hazard.
Susan Turner
If some one smokes and you don't like the smell go to a different place. Since bars and restaurants don't allow smoking you should be able to find a place that doesn't have it. Smoking is like every other habit if you don't like it don't do it.
MJ Knits
I admit it, I currently smoke. Not much though, maybe 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. At that rate I know I should quit, but I am not ready to.
Donna C
When I was young smoking was considered cool. I really tried to smoke but just could not get any pleasure from it so I gave up. I am now glad I did. Besides the health issues, I could not afford it now.
Eve York
I am so glad to hear you didn't take up the habit. I was lucky too that I never felt I needed to smoke. I smoked afew times socially but that was all.
Ocean Tiara
Smoking is a disgusting rotten curse. I wish I had never started. I was quit for many times and this time over 6 months. I had a few cigs the last few days, but intend on quitting again. I can't afford it either. My son had been smoking and the smoke got to me, though he smokes outside, I could still smell it. Don't ever smoke if you don't!!
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