Cigarettes and me

When I was in 7th grade I did a science project. “The effects of smoking cigarettes on your lungs.” We tested filtered vs unfiltered, we attached a cigarette to the top of a plastic soda bottle and breathed through a cotton pad.
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The cotton pad turned brown in both cases and not surprisingly, the unfiltered cigarettes were worse for you. Even more surprising, we conducted this with cigarettes purchased by our parents in the science lab at middle school.
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Even less surprising, I smoked the rest of both packs and continued till I was pregnant with my first baby. From 12-27 years old.
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There was a couple gas stations that would sell to kids and sometimes I would just flat ask my mom to buy cigarettes for my friend and she would. I would of course smoke them myself. It was $2.50 a pack back then. This post is making me feel really old. Haha.
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After I had my son, I picked smoking up again socially (only when I was with a friend who smoked)  till I was pregnant with my second. By then it was becoming too expensive to smoke. But a dirty little secret of mine is.
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I love the smell of smoke. I will sit on you lap and inhale you after you had a cigarette,  if you let me. If you had a cup of coffee prior to that, I will melt in your hand. That is one of my favorite smells in the world. I have no idea why because I know that it’s gross. I also like the smell of a gas station.
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Anyway, now I barely smoke at all. I did vape a couple times but now I am scared to do that with all these people getting really sick, really fast. I do miss smoking though. I miss the feeling of smoke in my lungs. I won’t start smoking again because I am really cheap and I can’t spend $12.00 on one pack of cigarettes. That would make me angry. So I just miss it. Plus, it’s been a decade since I quit.
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There you have it. There is my gross little not so secret, secret.
What about you? Are there any smells that are gross to other people but you love them?

13 thoughts on “Cigarettes and me

  1. I totally get enjoying the smell of cigarettes. For me, it’s a kind of nostalgia since my grandparents smoke and other members of my family do too. It’s so closely connected to family dinners that I’ll be walking down the street and suddenly start missing my family.

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  2. Smoking is a tough habit to break so good on you for not smoking for the last decade!! I think its sort of common for smokers to enjoy the smell of cigarette bf quit about 5 years ago and he still likes the smell of it as well haha

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  3. Hehe this is probably the best “back in my day” I’ve heard. It seems so crazy now that they’d have kids lighting up in classrooms just for “science”! Clearly it didn’t do much to deter you!
    I’m not a fan of cigarette smoke, really, but an unlit cig has a rather alluring scent to it 🙂

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  4. I’m glad you quit smoking! Yay! But I totally get liking the smell of smoke. My dad used to smoke until I was in kindergarten and I used to love the smell of smoke because it reminded me of him. He would sit on our back porch at night and smoke, and I would lay my head in his lap (kind of like how you described it!), and watch the smoke dissipate in the air. Sometimes he would even blow smoke rings, which I loved. Like I said though, he quit when I was about five and now I actually can’t stand the smell of smoke, but maybe that’s a good thing! I, for one, love the smell of gasoline. Which I know is probably killing brain cells, but going to the gas stations makes me think of being young and going on road trips.

    Emily |

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  5. I don’t know you but I’m happy you quit smoking. After watching and assisting my mother during chemo for stage 4 lung cancer (she’d smoked since she was 17 years old up until diagnosis even through her pregnancy with me). Smoking is an awful habit and sometimes worse for the people around you.
    I was teased in elementary school and middle school for smelling like cigarettes everyday. I didn’t understand it. Couldn’t smell it. Living in it everyday makes it harder to smell. It wasn’t until i moved out that i noticed the difference. Both of my parents smoked, aunts, uncles, grandma, you name it.
    I’m happy you quit! Congrats! Just remember secondhand smoke is bad for you too.

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