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How much harm did smoking do to me? - November 28th 2015, 11:17 AM

Hello!This is my first post on this forum.I'm curious about one thing.I tried smoking this summer.The first experience was very bad.My friend picked up a menthol cigarette.I only took a few drags and inhaled twice, then i threw it away.It was horrible.I was coughing up.But I quite liked the taste of tobacco.So, a few weeks later, i bought myself another cigarette(the same as the first) but I didn't click that thing to release the menthol taste.It was quite good.I liked the tobacco taste.Then, I started looking up on the internet for good cigarettes, to taste.I am quite like an aficionado or how they're called.Now, this autumn, I bought my first pack of cigarettes, just a few weeks before this post.Djarum Blacks, the best in town.The rich tobacco, the sweet flavour of clove....just wow.I savoured those cigarettes just like a glass of wine.Now, yesterday, I bought myself a pack of Dunhills.They're good, too.
Now, getting to the subject.I want to finish up the pack of Dunhills too.I am curious about the overall damage I've done to my body.(lungs, liver etc) with all this.I am not addicted at all, I feel no need to smoke.I just want to taste the tobacco, which I like.
So, am I prone to serious diseases and conditions on the long term?I am 15 years old but I look like an 18 year old.Doctors said I have strong genes.When I finish up my exams(which are in summer), I want to practise sports again(I quit because of school.
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Re: How much harm did smoking do to me? - November 29th 2015, 12:14 PM

Hello there,

Welcome to TeenHelp if you have any questions about anything feel free to send myself or another volunteering staff a message.

I think the most important thing here is do you want to continue to play sports where you want to stop smoking cigarettes? OR do you want to continue to smoke cigarette and not play sports?

We aren't allowed to give out medical advice here on TeenHelp, however, your body is still growing at the age of 15. It seems you haven't smoked a lot of nicotine which means after 24-72 hours the nicotine will be gone and out of your system (if someone were to smoke more and for a much longer period of time, this would be different).

It sounds like sports are something you really enjoy and this can be an outlet to use to not smoke cigarettes. I know you mentioned you want to play sports again after exams, are you able to play sports before summer? You mention you don't have any cravings but you enjoy the taste. Those two things sometimes are missed, you miss the taste so you have some cravings for it. Is it possible to find another healthier alternative to smoking? You could use something you enjoy the taste of and replace the nicotine taste with that. For instance if you enjoy vanilla, you can taste the natural vanilla to replace the nicotine cravings.

Ultimately, this is your decision to quit smoking.

Let us know if you have anymore questions.
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Re: How much harm did smoking do to me? - November 30th 2015, 09:36 PM

No permanent damage. The damage is cumulative over time and a few packs in your life isnt going to do it. I used to smoke like a pack a day for a couple years in college before I quit. Smoked weed everyday on top of that too. Although my lungs were definitely dirty for a while as I lost endurance and would sometimes cough a lot, everything was back to 100 percent after I quit smoking cigarettes.

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