How many here smoke?

by cantleave 52 Replies latest jw friends

  • cantleave

    I don't and am very unlikely to after seeing my father dying of a smoking related lung disease (even though I would like to try a high quality cigar).

    But I am curious to see how many people take up smoking after leaving the org.

  • Morbidzbaby

    I know a bunch of people who have left the org and started smoking, but I'm not one of them (unless you count my foray into weed for a very short time). Cigarettes aren't my thing.

  • zoiks

    A fine cigar, from time to time. No cigarettes, though.

  • Finkelstein

    Its a common occurrence of people particularly the young, to experiment with forbidden things while being a proclaiming JW.

    Cigarettes, booze, drugs even sex, stifling oppression has a psychological effect on people .

    You could class me with this group but eventually my maturing intellect told me that these habits were heath dangerous and I stopped

    them all.

  • Jim_TX

    Never smoked. Never will.

    In fact, when looking for a new girlfriend on match dot com after my divorce, I filtered out all of the smokers. That dropped the number of eligibles a lot.

  • blondie

    My parents were both heavy smokers. My brothers and I have paid permanently with chronic ear infections and operations because of the constant exposure. Yes, my jw mother smoked until 1973 like many jws did. I have a sensitivity to smoke, sneezing nonstop just standing next to a heavy smoker, just from the smoke that clings to their clothes. I am happy I live in an area where smoking is not allowed at work, restaurants, bars, theaters, grocery stores, etc. If people are smokers, I might not be able to visit their home...but then I'm allergic to cats and have to avoid the homes of friends with cats. So I don't smoke and it was not the edict from the WTS that influenced me.

  • bigmac

    i smoked as a 14 year old kid at school--got free ciggies off a mate--whose father got boxloads free through business contacts.

    when i started work i couldnt afford to buy them. by then i was baptised--but it wasnt a DF offence back in those days.

    when i met my 2nd wife -to-be--in 1983--she smoked--so i started again--and did so for the next 13 years--till a heart attack nearly cancelled me out.

    i stopped there and then--never have since.

    BUT--if they were NOT harmful--and affordable--i would smoke now. i thoroughly enjoyed it.

    in the UK they cost about £6 a pack of 20--i think. most of that money goes in tax.

  • Phizzy

    I smoked from the age of fifteen until I was twenty-one. My wife smoked too when we first got married, but we both gave up as part of our determination to make a go of Da Truf, boy, I wish we hadn't decided that, but giving up smoking was a good thing.

    A nice cigar at Christmas is still tempting. Maybe I will this year.

  • botchtowersociety

    Occasional cigar or pipe.

  • cofty

    Never appealed to me at all but I fancy trying a cigar, any tips?

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