Did you ever smoke cigarettes?

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Do you ever smoke cigarettes, or did you in the past? In 2018, it was estimated that 13.7% of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers, which rounded out to about 34.2 million people. Of those, nearly 75% smoked every day.

In the U.S., the Midwest had the highest percentage of daily smokers, clocking in at 16.2 percent of all residents smoking. The South followed close behind, with 14.8 percent of residents being smokers.

According to the CDC, the tobacco industry spends, on average, $9.06 billion every year on advertising and promotions of cigarettes and other tobacco products. That’s about $25 million dollars every day, which is more than $1 million every hour. Can you wrap your head around that?

Please tell us in the poll below, are you a cigarette smoker? Thanks for voting.

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Mitzi Agnew Giles
2 months ago

I did briefly in the period from 1966 to 1971. I was smoking 5-6 cigarettes a day and also smoked a small pipe briefly in 1967-8- Turned heads with that! The ex (1+ packs a day) kept saying we had to quit as we couldn’t afford it. He’d say we’ll quit as soon as I finish this carton. He never quit. Food budget was $7.50 a week and cigarettes were $1 a pack- but 75 cents if you bought a carton, that’s why I finally quit. I knew that quitting was hard-. I analyzed when the urge to smoke hit me- at coffee break time, in between classes standing around with my friends, when I would have a beer after work. I switched from coffee to tea, walked swiftly around campus instead of standing with my friends, and had a glass of cheap wine after work (Pagan Pink Ripple!) I haven’t wanted to smoke since about a week after I quit.

Harold W Coffield
2 months ago

I quit smoking July 4, 1975. I smoked 3 packs of Winchester little cigars, a package of 5 Hav-a-Tampa jewels, and 1/2 a package of Benson and Hedges menthol (to keep me opened up) daily. The cost then was about $2/day.

After 10 years, I figured how much $$ I saved and bought a 1980 Corvette. 10 years latter, I bought a 27 ft boat. !0 years later, I bought a motor home. Now, I’m thinking about a plane.

If you smoked that much (and still are alive) what have YOU got to show for it!!!

Jim Collins
2 months ago

After being in the Navy where the saying was if you have them light them, otherwise keep working, only paid $1.00 a carton, always said when they went to $2.00 a pack , I would Quit, and I did., Now some are over $5.00 a pack

Peter
2 months ago

Curious , where is the tobacco industry spending all this money on advertising ? I live in Canada and tobacco advertising was banned 15-20 years ago here. Stores can’t even display them where you can see them, you have to ask and they will open the door and get them for you. FYI, I stopped smoking Mar 31, 1989.

Rory R
2 months ago

I replied NO,I once did but I quit. LOL, although it is hard to quit something you never did. I smoked from my late teens until I was 40. I quit and never looked back.

squeakytiki
2 months ago

I gave up cigarettes but I still smoke 🙂

Stan
2 months ago

I quit 37 years ago cold turkey after 3 packs a day. Good lord at todays prices I couldn’t afford it!!!

Tom
2 months ago

Started over 60 yrs ago when I went in Navy. Our training officer gave us a smoke break and if you didn’t smoke he found some extra duty for you. I learned very quickly how to smoke. Smoked for 10 years. I quit in mid 70s when our neighbor got throat cancer and haven’t missed it since.

Linda
2 months ago

I have never smoked even though my Dad did and my husband did. I never even wanted to try in all my 75 years.

Edstep
2 months ago

Lay down the habit 40 years ago on a five dollar bet that I couldn’t. Haven’t had one since. Funny thing is, I do not remember if I ever collected the five dollars or not.

Pat G
2 months ago

smoked 1puff..came home from collage on a weekend, told my dad that many girls were smoking and I was going to also..He assured me that was OK, BUT..if I was going to smoke, I had to do it right..He would teach me..He lit a cigarette, handed it to me and said “now take a real deep breath”
I did, and when I finished coughing never touched one again..He was the best teacher I ever had..taught me a very good lesson..got his point across..this was in 1958..

Gene Bjerke
2 months ago

I marked “Never” but that is not entirely true. I did experiment with smoking briefly as a teenager, but I did not like waking up in the morning with my mouth tasting like I had eaten a welcome mat. So I shortly gave up on it and never looked back.

mdstudey
2 months ago

Quit smoking 22 years ago. Started smoking in 6th grade occasionally and by high school, full blown smoker. When you live at 7,500′ and you can’t breathe it is time to quit.

J.P.M.
2 months ago

I quit smoking cigarettes, but I enjoy my cigars every day.

Bobkat
2 months ago

I tried while in high school and didn’t like them.

But 55 years ago I went into the Army and while training the sergeant would say “take a break, light ’em if you got ’em.” Then the non-smokers would get extra duty cleaning the area. After 4 months of fake puffing I was hooked.

50 years ago the price went from $4 to $4.10 a carton (10 packs/carton). I decided that was too expensive and never bought or smoked another one.

Sharon B
2 months ago

I quit 35 years ago and it took many years to quit. Tried everything and then a customer told me about her psychotherapy sessions. Thought it was BS at first, but I gave it a chance and made it happen. It worked!!!! :). Unfortunately I can’t refer her to anyone. I found out she herself died of cancer, but not from smoking.

Mike
2 months ago

I smoked pipes back in the 1970’s and then quit. So I had to answer no because I never smoked cigarettes.

Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Same here. I smoked a pipe while in the Air Force in the late 70’s into the early 80’s. I quit when I moved back home as my parents had quit smoking. I never started again. I still like the smell of good pipe tobacco but never did like the smell of cigarettes.

Thomas
2 months ago

I quit 32years ago after a 2pack a day bad habit. I said to myself “when they become $1 a pack i quit*
I walked into the gas station and said *a pack of camels please. She reached up,got them and said $1please. I said i changed my mind. N o thanks. Never smoked again. Now cigarettes are in the $8/10 a pack range. Pure stupid.

Ike
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Same story as yours. Also said I would quit when they hit a buck. That also happened when my wife was pregnant with our first and I did not want my kid to deal with 2nd hand smoke or see her dad smoke and pick up the habit. Still thank her to this day for giving me a great reason to quit!

David Binkley
2 months ago

We lived in West Germany for a few months while my Dad worked in the Middle East. I was about 16 years old. Can’t remember why but I got mad at them and was left at our apartment, alone, and my Dad had left his Salems sitting on the table. I went out to the balcony and smoked six, in a row, and became super light headed and very nauseous. Never smoked them again.

Dalmom
2 months ago

Never ever!! I thought it was disgusting growing up as a child watching my parents friends smoke. My parents never did and neither have I. I now have asthma as an adult, so I’m thankful I never did. I was around a lot of second hand smoke growing up in the 70’s and 80’s and I’m sure this effected my lungs. And worst of all my mothers passed away with lung cancer at 57 as a non smoker. So go figure!!