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    Default Is cigarette smoking bad for your heatlh?

    I had lunch with a friend from high school who I haven't seen since last year; he is a smoker and continues to smoke regularly everyday. I told him that cigarette smoking is very bad for your health, as I was trying to look out for him, but he didn't want to hear any of it and said that the cheeseburger I was eating at the time is just as bad for your health.

    How do I convince him to quit smoking before it is too late?

    To what extent is cigarette smoking bad for your heatlh?

    I always thought it was extremely harmful to your lungs, but never did any research. Just believed what I was told. As I like to question everything, I am looking for concrete data showing that cigarettes are indeed bad for your health.

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    Hell no its not bad for you!
    No carbs, 0 calories, and plus you just look damn Kool doing it!

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    Actually, it is good for you. Why anyone would think it is harmful is beyond me.

    Seriously, are you trolling?

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    There are 100 year old people that have smoked for 80 years, just as there are those that have died way too early from lung cancer. Unless it is currently affecting his health, I doubt that anything you say/do will matter much. We humans tend to gauge our lives on current situations, and personally history, not by others thoughts/rants/wishes.

    It sounds as if you are more concerned for his health than yours, cheeseburger man......

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    You cannot convince a smoker to quit. He has to come to that decision himself.

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    Live and let live. He's an adult, it's his life; End of story.
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    Having a biopsy done by Dr.'s orders is the best way he can be convinced. Its the ultimate reality check and everyone I know who has had one done, has quit tobacco immediately after.

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    I quit smoking Cigs and Pot many moons ago!!! Now Skoal Straight is my weakness,and I gave that up as well but if I was to go back to a bad habit Chewing Tobacco would be it!!

    He has to want to quit first...

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    Show him pictures of smoker's vs non-smoker's lungs. There's plenty out there via a simple Google search.

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    Very bad for you! I'd be 6'10" and playing in the NBA!
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    When I was very young, I had an uncle who put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. His cigarette induced emphysema had reached a point that (he wrote in his suicide note) he felt as if he was constantly drowning.

    In my teens, I watched another cigarette-smoking uncle's skin turn leathery and ashen gray in color as emphysema set in. He lived in constant misery even with oxygen and died a few years later.

    I still decided to experiment with cigarettes, but the powerful visions of those uncles dying always haunted me, and I decided to never touch them again after college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspiredsports View Post
    Thank God I've been smoke free for 30 years now.

    Thats about how long it's been for me as well..

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    When they announce the coming of a killer asteroid or a black hole.........I'll grab up a pack again, just to calm my nerves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESavinon View Post
    Live and let live. He's an adult, it's his life; End of story.

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    Your friend "knows" that smoking is bad for his health,he just won't admit it because he is addicted to a drug.

    Intervention very seldom works with most,he will give up smoking someday,one way or the other,but,it's his call.

    I fought the damn things for over forty years.
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    Dude,
    You are supposedly just graduated from college, but your questions often sound like something a 6th grader would ask.

    If you have any doubt as to whether inhaling cigarette smoke is good or bad for you health, I fear that your entire education has been a waste.

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    Sound advice harywebster20 however, just noticed you are a spammer and you have been reported!

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    No doubt, smoking is bad and I'm glad I stopped. It use to annoy me when people tried convincing me too quit when I did smoke. I echo this post, Alex. It's his choice and entirely up to him. He has too want to quit.

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    The only thing you will accomplish trying to tell a smoker to quit is pissing them off. It's a drug, it's addicting, it's their decision. Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.

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    In Canada they put pictures of ailments caused by smoking along with slogans stating health facts right on the front of the pack to deter you from smoking. Some pretty compelling pictures, but the picture of a bent cigarrette along with the statement that smoking can lead to impotence and E.D. always hit me the hardest (hehehe). Cant quit unless you want to though, and even then it is a commitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeparaski View Post
    You cannot convince a smoker to quit. He has to come to that decision himself.

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    Agreed.

    So you have lunch with a friend you haven't seen in a year and decide to badger him about his smoking ? No wonder the dude only comes around once a year. Those who smoke know it's bad for them, it's their choice. Just like it's your choice to eat artery clogging junk food. No one wants to be told how to live their life. Lay off the guy if you value your friendship, he will quit when he's ready....and that maybe never.

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    Winners don't quit, and quitters don't win.

    But seriously, like everything in this society today, it's blown way out of proportion. My father is 78, looks like he's 50, and has been smoking since he was 12. My point? I think alot of it has to do with family medical history. We have NO cancer in our family, and both sides of my family typically live a long time. I think some people are pre-disposed to cancer, like a time bomb waiting for the right bad habit to trigger the disease.

    Smoking is stupid. I'm a smoker; though not what I would call a heavy smoker. There are other concerns, lung afflictions (emphysema/COPD) and heart disease that are far more likely and nearly as devastating.

    You'll never get a smoker to quit by HOUNDING. That just pisses us off. It's like alcohol abuse, a person has to decide for themselves when the time is right. Though quitting smoking is probably significantly easier than other addictions, it is hard to stay quit in the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaine777 View Post
    ... Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it hundreds of times.
    ROTFLMAO, I guess then quitting is easy, I've done it so many times too! Maybe someday it will be the right one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jer.War View Post
    In Canada they put pictures of ailments caused by smoking along with slogans stating health facts right on the front of the pack to deter you from smoking. Some pretty compelling pictures, but the picture of a bent cigarrette along with the statement that smoking can lead to impotence and E.D. always hit me the hardest (hehehe). Cant quit unless you want to though, and even then it is a commitment.
    Unfortunately, the pictures and slogans do not seem to have any effect. Sure educates but far from curing the drugg addiction. Most of us buy our cigs and no longer see the pictures and/or slogans any longer. I soooo wish quitting were as easy as looking at pictures...

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    Any Doctor will tell him to stop smoking and give him a wondrous array of statistics to back that up. As said above, it's unlikely that you will fair better than this.

    I've lost two cousins, who were smoking packs a day to lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. In both cases, by the time the cancer was found it was too late...it had spread.

    If you think quitting will reduce your chances--maybe. A friend who stopped his heavy smoking in his 50s found, in his early 70s, that he had cancer in his brain, lungs, and other organs throughout his body. He too, went very quickly!

    Of course there are actuarial statistics which show a 'small' percentage of people can become centenarians as smokers, so can some obese individuals, people whose diets 'suck', and booze-hounds because when you have billions of individuals to select from, there will ALWAYS be exceptions. But playing the exceptional card when we know that this behavior does damage is not unlike waiting to win the lottery in order to 'secure' your economic life, instead of taking CONCRETE steps to secure your life and retirement now.

    If your friend's Doctor can't do it. Then, I guess, he'll just have to hit the wall--if he's lucky! Or be a 'genetic' superhuman?

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    My dad has smoked Camels or Lucky Strikes since he was 12. He is now in his late 70's. My mom smoked Winston gold for 20 yrs. and has not smoked for 30yrs but now has emphazema(spelling?) in the last 5yrs. Dad is still going strong(in smoking) and nothing will stop him from smoking no drugs no patches not even 3 heart attacks or a stroke....He will smell of smoke in his casket. Your friend will only stop when he /she deceides and all the harping in the world will only make them want to smoke all that much more.
    Step back and enjoy them while there here because you can't when they're gone..

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    There honestly isn't anything dumber than someone who says "blah blah has smoked for 70 years and is fine." Couldn't be dumber.

    Smoking makes you statistically more likely to get cancer, emphysema, etc etc. It doesn't guarantee you will, but if you have a 2% chance of getting lung cancer right now, and when you smoke you have a 50% chance... it may not be a guarantee, but it sure isn't great odds. You only get one life, people.
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    Eat enough cheeseburgers and it probably is as bad for your health as smoking.
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