Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Started at 15
    Stopped at 15

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Had a lot of friends who smoked. Tried it for one week. Figured this is an acquired habit you have to work way too hard to acquire. Bought comics books instead for the next 40+ years. Much better investment.

  3. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Not starting is the smartest move.

  4. LameRandomName

    LameRandomName said, almost 3 years ago

    I tried everything in my life…
    Things I like I try ’em twice.

    You got that right

    Sure got that right

  5. cdward

    cdward said, almost 3 years ago

    Started at 13, quit permanently at 22. Haven’t touched one or felt like having one for 30 years.

  6. Thirdguy

    Thirdguy said, almost 3 years ago

    Both of my parents died from smoking related diseases. I never touched it.

  7. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago

    Americans are slowly wising up. Cigarette smokers are now only 18% of the U.S. population. The practice is in decline in Europe also. But don’t worry about the tobacco farmers! The tobacco companies have been very successful in promoting cigarettes in the rest of the world. If cigarettes were banned utterly in the United States tomorrow, it would be a problem but not a fatal one for the tobacco companies. As long as they can produce the plants, and process the leaves here, they can make and sell the cigarettes abroad. They would survive.

    Not that there is any chance that cigarettes are going to be banned. And that 18% will be difficult to reduce. Too many young people going into low-wage work environments still find that they are looked upon as elitist, or wimpy, if they don’t smoke like those around them.

  8. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 3 years ago

    I have to confess that when I see someone smoking, especially a young person, it seems to me like someone who is advertizing, “I’m not very bright.” That is unkind of me, and unfair, I know.

  9. griffon88

    griffon88 said, almost 3 years ago

    One puff of one of mom’s unattended lit cigarettes when I was six convinced me to never smoke. Probably helped that at the time, she smoked Pall Mall unfiltered.

  10. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, almost 3 years ago

    Start: A week after graduation, 1962.
    Pack-a-day until 1987; flu so bad I couldn’t stand but one-a-day, then told myself “Let’s just try zero for a bit” and snuck out from under.
    Pipe hadn’t helped, having a friend keep the pack just lost friends, best decision I ever made, to just let go.
    Mom had several brands open in a bowl always, Dad did Winstons til he switched to plain Luckys; he almost made it to 80 before it got him.
    When you’re “17 and bulletproof” it’s just not real yet.

  11. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, almost 3 years ago


    Calvin approves

  12. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, almost 3 years ago


  13. MiHorn

    MiHorn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    My father smoked, and I never wanted any part of anything he did . ..I’m sure my asthma and my brother’s respiratory problems have nothing to do with all the second-hand smoke we breathed.

  14. wordymom

    wordymom said, almost 3 years ago

    MiHorn, I was going to share a very similar story. Never smoked anything, grew up in a house with smoke, now sitting in my house trying to manage my asthma rather than being outside leading my life. I think my mom would have rather died than consciously do anything that would have caused us harm, but she’s an addict.

  15. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ll add my three cents worth. I didn’t start til “late”, in my early 20’s. Enjoyed it for 30 years or so. Quit 8 years ago. Haven’t wanted one since. Oddly, it doesn’t bother me one way or the other to be around smokers. Wife started at 9, and also smoked for many years. Quit about 20 years ago, but it still took its toll. She joked that she quit because they were up to 75 cents a pack! I’ve been very fortunate. Maybe starting late, after my “formative years” had a hand in avoiding serious problems. Knock on wood….So I don’t condemn, just commiserate. Quit if you can! Now to work on my daughter’s habit….

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