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This is a question Your first cigarette

To be honest, inhaling the fumes from some burning leaves isn't the most natural thing in the world.
Tell us about the first time. Where, when, and who were you trying to show off to?

Or, if you've never tried a cigarette, tell us something interesting on the subject of smoking.

Personally, I've never ever smoked a cigarette. Lung damage from pneumonia put me off.

(, Wed 19 Mar 2008, 18:49)
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My post to last week's QOTW
My first response to last week's QOTW would have been appropriate here, but anyway, I bring you this...

I'm a non-smoker, never have smoked, and never will smoke, but the last part wasn't always the case... At the tender age of 11, I decided I wanted to try inhaling from teh white cylinders. I knew about some of the dangers and knew they were supposed to be addictive (even though I did not know what they were like). I wasn't even thinking of doing it to show off to my mates - it was more out of curiosity than anything. Perhaps it was more the action of smoking than the smoking itself. But I was dead paranoid my parents would find out. I lived in a non-smoking household (so nothing to nick), buying them in a shop was out of the question, and I was afraid that if I used a cigarette vending-machine, someone would spot me.

Eventually, I somehow managed to get hold of a cigarette and some matches. For some reason, I chose to smoke it in a remote part of my school grounds during the lunch break where I would be totally alone. Because I had hidden it well, it was slightly crumpled. Now I had been anticipating this moment for ages so was beginning to shake. I was nervous and excited at the same time, but my nerves were winning. I got a match out and tried to light it, but I was trembling so much that I was incapable of lighting it. Light you bastard I kept thinking, but to no avail - I just couldn't light it. Ever try lighting a match when you're shaking all over? It's just not possible I tell you! Feeling slightly annoyed but more sheepish, I gave up and continued my lunch break. It was the last time I tried and didn't try again before I once and for all decided that I wanted to be a non-smoker. And that's how I avoided becoming a nicotine addict.

Won't apologise for length, will apologise for the anticlimax.
(, Sat 22 Mar 2008, 0:54, Reply)

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