PreTeena by Allison Barrows

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  1. frumdebang

    frumdebang said, over 3 years ago

    Hold your breath. Keep holding. Keep holding. When your lungs start to scream in pain for air, keep on holding. That’s sort of what it’s like to crave that next smoke. Or so I’m told. I was never dumb enough to let the big tobacco companies hook me on their nicotine-delivery system. (Not to be judgmental or anything.)

  2. husky51

    husky51 said, over 3 years ago

    I was… I had my first at age 9, smoked in front of the parents when 13 (mom said she knew I was going to anyway, so she’d rather I do it in front of her than behind her back) Quit cold turkey at age 28. I was smoking 2-1/2 to 3 packs of Pall Mall regulars a day. First child was born and I wrote that I would quit then. Didn’t want to be “no smoking” if I was doing itsort of thing.. 3 days later I bought a pack, lit one up, took a puff… looked at it and felt like such an ass for breaking my word to my newborn daughter that the cigarette and pack went out the window and I haven’t smoked since… I’m 66 now.

  3. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, over 3 years ago

    Story similar to husky51. Started at age 13 at a prep school. Quit at 19, after getting close to 3 packs a day of unfiltered Luckies. 44 years later, my lungs are still paying the price… but if I hadn’t quit, I’d probably be dead.

  4. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, over 3 years ago

    I have never smoked – anything. My husband started smoking around 15-16. When our first daughter arrived (he was 42) he cut down and only smoked outside. One day, almost a year after our second daughter was born (he was 46), he took out his pack to have a smoke, looked at it, and threw the whole thing away, and hasn’t had a cig since. He’s now 52.

  5. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 3 years ago

    Nice try, kid…

  6. aaron wilson dunn

    aaron wilson dunn said, over 3 years ago

    . . . but 743 days is just over two years . . . .

  7. Kat

    Kat GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’m 54, never smoked, never wanted to. Grandfather smoked since he was 9 or 10 quit cold turkey when he was 70 lived another 25 years.

  8. snarkm

    snarkm said, over 3 years ago

    Your math is kinda not working…at all ;-)

  9. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    I also tried smoking when I was young, around 19 I guess. I only smoked for a few months, and never inhaled (yeah I know you’ve heard that somewhere before). So I never got hooked. Then one day I really thought about it and realized that if I went on with it I’d eventually inhale and then get hooked. I was only smoking a couple cigarettes a day at this time. Cigarettes were around 55 cents a pack and I thought about what it would add up to over a year’s time and that the money could be better spent on other things. Now when I think about what cigarettes cost these days I have to laugh. I know people who quit and then put the money they were saving into a fund and at the end of a year treat themselves to something very nice like a vacation.

  10. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago

    Forty years ago, in my hometown mall, there was a shop called Perkins Tobacco. They mostly had pipe tobacco, but also cigarettes and cigars. They also sold candy – I suppose an alternative or a “crutch” for those trying to quit. But the shop smelled of fresh tobacco, and the smell was marvelous. Tobacco unburned can have a real sweet fragrance to it. And something tells you to just go ahead and try it (and it’s not the sales clerk).

    If there’s any true devil weed, it has to be tobacco.

  11. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago


    In my childhood, cigarettes were 35 cents a pack. You could buy them from vending machines, too. Today, a pack costs almost as much as a “value meal” at Mickey D’s. Worth it? I don’t think so!

  12. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago

    Now for the comic: the girls’ story is a take-the-cake winner!
    If I were that teacher, I’d take the girls to the principal and have them repeat their story. This one is just too good to not share! Would love to see the principal’s reaction.

  13. Unca Jim

    Unca Jim said, over 3 years ago

    John Bollinger said, (re Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette)

    @Clark Kent
    “Made famous by Phil Harris.”
    But first done by Tex Williams, writ by Merle Travis.
    Williams couldn’t stop smoking and died of lung cancer.

  14. Lamberger

    Lamberger said, over 3 years ago

    Uncle Norbert annoyed the family for years with his ever constant, “I quit! You can do it too!”. Karma caught up with him, though. He got run over by a Chesterfield truck. (Old brand.)

  15. catman5169

    catman5169 said, over 3 years ago

    That’s one bad habit I never developed…Sign on the front door:

    This is a smoke free house
    It was developed with pride
    If you feel the need for weed
    Then take your butt outside!!

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