View Poll Results: DO you Smoke Cigarettes
Yes 21 13.13%
Sometimes, not to much 6 3.75%
Quit a while ago 34 21.25%
I keep trying to Quit, its harder than I thought 4 2.50%
Never 95 59.38%
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:42 PM   #11
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Don't smoke, most likely due to having grown up in a house where the parents smoked like chimneys and hating the smell. It's funny that people think knitters don't smoke though, I know many that do... I probably do fit some of the stereotypes of a knitter but I think for the most part, I don't.
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:46 PM   #12
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I don't smoke and never have. My parents both smoked, but neither I nor my 3 siblings ever smoked. My dad now has asthma and COPD from it so he no longer smokes, but it's taken it's toll.

This is an interesting topic. Something I've been wondering about is what part of the country most knitting smokers live. The reason I wonder is that I know very few smokers now in my area. I wonder if it's more prevalent in other parts of the country. Guess that's a poll for another day.

Oh re: damaging your voice... it DOES. You don't notice it among young people, but virtually everyone I know who smokes and is over 50 has a changed voice. Maybe it's not something you notice if you are a smoker?
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:49 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Abbily View Post
Funny you should post this today- it's basically the topic of the yarn harlot's blog today.
I read it every day and I don't see anything about smoking. Did I miss something?
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:53 PM   #14
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I gave up in December after smoking for 18 years! I have found it tough though and really crave one now and again.

I find it's easier knitting now I've given up because when I used to smoke I was obsessed with washing my hands thoroughly so the smell didn't taint my latest project.

Interesting topic though and I for one don't think you can sterotype any group.

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Old 03-26-2008, 06:35 PM   #15
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I wouldn't call myself a "smoker", but I do smoke when I'm out at a bar drinking with friends. Or if I get REALLY stressed (which thankfully isn't too often!). I don't like the smell either, and I know it's a disgusting habit. But it's pretty much a bar/drinking type habit only.

According to non-knitters, I don't fit the knitting stereotype. Each time I knit either in front of family, friends, or in public, people make some sort of comment about me being too young to knit. Who cares? I just do what I like to do!
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No, never have smoked, but grew up with smokers. I have asthma so I really appreciate being able to breathe. Unfortunately, I've known people who died from lung cancer. Not the way I'd want to go.
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Not sure how long I smoked although I was never a heavy smoker-don't think I ever even bought myself a carton of cigs! At the time I quit, I smoked even less, maybe 1 pack every 2-3 weeks so when I found out I was preggers, it was every easy. Every now and then, I think I would like to have one in a bar with a nice cold beer but then what would I do with my 3 kids! (don't know anyone here for babysitting!)
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I smoke, but don't go to bars. Saw enough of them as a kid. I've never been a drinker of anything besides, coffe, tea, juice or cola (without alcohol). If cigarettes were as fattening as alcohol, I probably never would have started, :LOL.
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In addition to cigarettes I also smoke a pipe, use nasal snuff, rarely cigars and occasionally chew tobacco.

I bet that really throws a wrench into the stereotype
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I quit a LONG time ago
when I was 22, and in my first semester of Nursing school, I got walking Pneumonia, my Dr agreed to not hospitalize me on the condition I quit smoking then and there. She gave me Nicotine Gum, and I tweaked her recommendations to use it
I thought it was a good idea to uit since I had been smoking half my life.
it WORKED, I have not had a cig since, I get cravings every once in a while, especially when driving long distance

I laughed when she said she could not learn knitting because she smoked, but when I thought about it, I cannot think of more than 2 or 3 people who knit and smoke (not even at the same time)

thank you all

I also do not fit the sterio-type
I M the mother of multiple daughters getting up in years
but I M a very vocal/political lesbian/dyke
I work at a summer camp for kids
I live in jeans and t-shirts (and the occasional sweater and/or socks)


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