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 What is the best hangover cure?
Is suffer from extremely bad hangovers, I have one now in fact. Symptoms include racing heart and sometimes anxiety....

 Nearly 24 hours without a cigarette?
any tips for when you get the craving (apart from eating!!)
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thanks everyone xx
some great advice, and ...

 My friend has got hold of some crack cocaine, he wants me to take some with him.?
My question is this: Will I get hooked?
I have never taken drugs before and am worried about what effect it will have on me. He is however a very good friend and I don't want to let him ...

 Why do dogs and cats clean their butts with their tongue?
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 What would you say has the most dangerouse effect. cannabis or alcohol?
I personally would say alcohol is far more dangerouse,...

 How many times per day do you bathe?

 Tips of how to fall asleep faster?
My dad said that I thought of stuff too much tahts why I cant fall sleep, can u give me any tips?
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 What kind of death do you fear the most,?
i fear being in a crushing car accident or being stabbed to death. i hope when i go ,i go in my sleep....

 What are your opinions on smoking?
what are your opinions on smoking? also, do you smoke?
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to snerval... i am not smoking anything apart from normal ...

 Who puts the toilet lid down?
Not just the seat but the lid as well... I don't know ANYONE that puts the toilet lid down......

 Am always feeling tired.?
Am always feeling tired. physically and mentally.

I sleep up to 8 hrs each day, and weekend probably 9hrs.

my diet is fairly good, i dont have much bread, pasta's etc as ...

 Are there any physical signs of high cholesterol?
I am just curious if anyone knows if they had "funny" symptoms, then found out they had high cholesterol. Did the symptoms stop after meds?
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 Is this doing me harm?
This may be a stupid question but I just wanted to no.

I practically live at my fiance's and his parents smoke really heavily. Although we are always upstairs in his room with the ...

 How many of you are blood donors?
I give blood regularly and so does my ...

 I've given up smoking for 13 days - but now having a bad evening a really want to smoke.?
Just about keeping my resolve up - but wondering if anyone can give me some encouragement?...

 Do you smoke?
I am conducting a survey for a school project and would greatly appreciate your assistance. I will need to know your age for this survey.

1.Do you smoke?


 Why is it men always break wind where ever they go?

 I just saw a ghost in my house?
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 I stink of BO (body odour) but i don't want to shower. Which deodrant is most stongest to cover up bad smells?

 Where can I buy an air conditioner?
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Tony K
Smoking, am i ok?
i am 14 and a year ago i smoked a cig a week on sundays, and then i smoked 2 a week then before i needed 3 a week. i woke up and just didnt feel like smoking. it was the wierdest thing evr. now i have started smoking one a week and i already feel like smoking one a day. I already know that addiction varies from person to person so does anyone think i'll be able to quit when i want to.
p.s when i feel like smoking i dont feel like i need to, i just want to and i can stop myslef.
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before anyone else answers, another reason i smoke is cuz my dad does and i can sneak whole packs at a time which last about a year for me.
ty evry1 for ur input.

Sorry to disagree but you ARE stupid if you think smoking has any benefits. You don't really look "cool" now even if you think you do. Even if you did think you looked cool now you have the immediate prospect of impairing your ability to do sports due to diminished lung capacity. Add to that the expense (someday you won't be able to steal enough from you dad without his noticing). Finally add to it the well documented long term health effects and you see many many reasons NOT to smoke.

If you're smart enough to be in Mensa you should be smart enough to sit down and make two lists - one is the benefits to smoking and the other one is the downside to smoking. You'll see the only "benefit" is a fake emotional one whereas all downsides are real and documented.

Funny you mention Mensa. I have been a member since I was about 20. At your age I did actually smoke for about 3 months though for some reason never developed an addiction. It was "thinking" about it at the end of that time that let me know how stupid it was of me to smoke and I simply gave it up. Now, near 50, I know many people that have smoked all those years and see the major health effects they have and how hard it is for them to give up smoking even when they want to do so.

You smoke. And you're asking if you're okay? No...I'm sure you know what smoking can do to you. And you're only a year older than me...That's scary.

Buff Me
quit before it gets worse. its one of the worst habits you can start. Your going to want more and more until your hooked on a pack a day. Can you afford almost 7.00 a day the rest of your life, with a job or not?

Then alot of people wont even be around you because of the smell. That limits the girls you will meet. Some girls refuse to date a smoker, and what if you really like the girl that doesnt like a smoker.

Trust me, you will regret your choose later in life. By then its to late your hooked and can't quit.

The cigerette companys put alot of Nicotine in each cigerette to make sure you get hooked so they make alot of money off of you in your entire life of being hooked.

yes but the f'd up thing is you shouldnt have started to begin with

Thats how I started ....And 26 years later Im still smoking and no you cant stop any time you want... I have been trying for a long time to quit but it is really hard.... Nicotine is more addictive then haroin... So stop now.....

After being an smoker, I know we are the worse, if you are 14 and smoking occasionally, just quit.

not only is this habit not good for your health, it is 30 times more addicting than heroin.
I know about the parent smoking issue, both of my parents and their friends smoked. All of them have sever lung and medical conditions or have died at a young age. Do your peers think that smoking is a cool thing? realistically not. If you want to have a social life and be able to do the things that you want to do, stop playing with cigarettes, It is not as glamorous as you think it is.

'nuff people here have told you stop. I won't repeat.
That should be enough reasons for you.

14 is too young.
Monkey see ........Monkey do.

okay, your addicted you poor child, tell your parents so that they can give you a good wippin and then maybe you will stop.

You're not addicted. You just want to be.
You need to listen to people and quit now. It's one of the most dangerous addictions that there is and you don't want to play with it.

You are causing irreparable damage to your body.

Do you seriously think that killing yourself slowly by smoking makes you look good?

Do you think that being addicted to an expensive and dangerous product makes you look good?

Be serious.

Deb W
Try quitting for say, the next 60 years or so, and you'll be fine. :))

Hey..=] let me start off by telling you that yes addiction does vary from person to person. Im 16 and I just started up about 4 months ago. I began with like 1 every other day. i got them from my best friend who knew a guy that could get them. well about a month later i had one about every day after school. Her and I went after school behind an old building. I began to like the feeling i got after i had a few hits. and I felt cool, because i had never tried it before and it just seemed to me like it was normal. Well 3 months later about end of september beggining of October i noticed that I was getting really short of breath in volleyball. I of course knew why I was, but my coaches became a little bit hesitant as to asking me why i was breathing a little weird. I had told them that i wasnt sure what was wrong. even though i knew it was because i was smoking like 2 cigs a day. well i ended up quiting volleyball and i just didnt feel like playing anymore. Cigs changed who i was, and to this day i crave them BAD> but i have told my self taht i dont really need them, and im going to be honest i have become addicted. I can smoke a pack with 2 of my friends in like less than a day. here recently i have cut back. for health purposes and mainly my dad. Hes smoked all of his life, and I know it hurt him when he found out. what Im basically trying to tell you is, that it is completely normal to WANT a cig, but its totally different when you NEED one. IF you tell yourself..NO I DONT NEED THIS. then you dont but if you WANT it..thats a total complete different story. i feel for ya. lol. and speaking of cigs..i need one..whoo

The standard definition of addiction comes from the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization, which list nine criteria for determining addiction. The two groups, which prefer the term drug dependence, base their definition on research done since the 1960's, which has determined that multiple traits must be considered in determining whether a substance is addictive.

These are the criteria:

Taking the drug more often or in larger amounts than intended.

Unsuccessful attempts to quit; persistent desire, craving.

Excessive time spent in drug seeking.

Feeling intoxicated at inappropriate times, or feeling withdrawal symptoms from a drug at such times.

Giving up other things for it.

Continued use, despite knowledge of harm to oneself and others.

Marked tolerance in which the amount needed to satisfy increases at first before leveling off.

Characteristic withdrawal symptoms for particular drugs.

Taking the drug to relieve or avoid withdrawal.

So until you fit into one of these categories I guess you are alright. Smoking is bad regardless, but your body can repair the damage if you stop before its too late.

JJ's Cool Like That!!
Try for a FEW days and see? If you can't stop, it'll be tough! One day, does NOT mean you'll just be able to quit! If you can make it a week! You'll be okay! By the way, my Grandmother died from smoking! She got lung cancer, and this cancerous tumor grew in her lungs. Soon it filled up her entire Lungs, and she suffocated! Chemo wouldn't treat it and neither did radiation! Be careful! Smoking is kinda dumb, no offense to you! No wait . . . it is SUPER dumb! Haven't you seen the people who have to get their throats opperated on? they have a hole in their neck, and they have to put a cork/plug thing through it! or you could get mouth cancer, and have to get a part of your mouth hacked out! STOP NOW!!!!!

The thing with cigarettes is that the majority of the addiction is a metal based addiction built up over time. In many ways, cigarettes bare a striking resemblance to Cocaine. Ironically Nicotine has been shown in studies to be equally addictive.

When I was your age, I was smoking half a pack a day and quick for 6 months just to prove I could. I had that idea in my head though and before I knew it, I'd been smoking 7 years, over a pack a day, and had a hell of a time quitting.

Most likely, the addictive effects physically have yet to effect you because you're young and are taking in a very very little amount. The mental addiction probably isn't fully there, though you do say you already feel like you want one a day.

Almost guarenteeably, within a couple of years at this rate you won't just be able to quit. I would say now it's upto you to decide whether you're going to live as a smoker or knock it off now. Only 3% of regular smokers that quit stay quit. Even now, for me, who quit years ago, I still want them. Choose wisely kiddo :)

Stop now dude. Smoking is lame and it will kill you (if you don't die from cancer, you'll suffer from other problems when you're older).

I started smoking when I was your age and am now 31 years old. I've had lots of problems with smoking - quitting and starting back again.

Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on this planet. People who have been addicted to the "hardcore" drugs and quit doing those have had problems ending their addiction to Nicotine.

Stop now, it's not worth it. You'll save money, be healthier, and still be cool.

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Hey buddy stop before you get health problems. go see a counselor.

What? Are you terminally stupid? DON'T SMOKE AT ALL.

Hex the Fundies (JPAA)
Stop NOW. Addiction can happen quickly and be very powerful. Don't believe me? People who have tracheotomies (holes drilled in their windpipes to breath, due to throat cancer) will still smoke through the hole. I went to the funeral of a woman who died from lung cancer and her kids got up quickly at the end so they could go outside to smoke. Why risk addiction when you can stop NOW?

heyy, im 14 too and i say just stop before your addiction gets too serious. Your wasting ur money 2. My dad was our age wen he started and now he smokes about 30 a day. its really bad and im so worried 4 him. just stop now whilst u can.

Arthur L
Take my advice and stop now while you can. It is addictive anti-social and dangerous to your health. Haven't you read the warnings on the packs. DON'T BE AN IDIOT.

The One
im 50 and dont smoke how can you ar 14 afford it !

Katie W
If you don't feel like smoking anymore, why are you still smoking at all?

It is encouraging that you have been able to cut back, but, nearly all smokers who haven't tried to quit yet (and some who do) claim that they can stop whenever they want to, they just don't want to yet. That's called a rationalization... that's how smoking gets you. It changes what you want.

I do hope you are able to stop... whenever you, uh, want to.

Here is an f'd up story for you. 22-year-old male starts smoking for the first time. Less than a year later he gets tongue cancer and has to have his entire tongue removed. My dad is a nurse in the OR and got to participate in the surgery. Now this 22-year-old has no tongue and it doesn't look pretty. Gouging hole in his mouth. Who wants to date that?

Take a look at some pretty pics of tongue cancer on these links. You tell me, do you think you will be ok?

Nicole Marie

Stop. Now.

Now would be the best time to quite. What you are describing is exactly how I started, now I chain smoke everyday, and my left lung gets sharp pains. And I have hairy tongue, look that up online and look at the pics, you'll never smoke again, I garantee.

tai m
Your better of smoking weed, which is less harmful to your body and makes u feel better, but dude ur 14, get into highschool first then worry bout smoking.

Don't smoke. Just, don't. I think you're not chronic enough, so it won't hurt to quit cold turkey. You're way to young, and just because you want to doesn't mean you should. It will eventually turn in a physical need, or your body will think so.

stop it immediately,make a mental barrier between you and the cigars,don't smoke

Stop now, while you are NOT addicted. Smoking is dangerous, disgusting and anti-social.

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