posted on Mar, 28 2010 @ 03:54 AM
I've smoked about 10 yrs. Of course, the first few years don't count as much, and actually I've tapered down to less than a pack a day lately. And
I feel the danger of falling asleep with one is very low except for people who drink large amounts or use drugs. It has happened to me when I was on
opiates for pain but all it did was smolder a part of my blanket and sheet (it happened more than once...) that was smaller than a quarter.
Apparently, they don't make blankets out of tinder and kindling... Although it was a larger danger in the past and still is for some people I suppose
who sleep in a bed of hay... hay that has been dried in the sun and then soaked in napalm... no jk I know it's serious.
I truely think that it's either one of two things, or both: 1)it depends on what kind of tobacco you smoke and whether or not you use a filter
and what that filter consists of. Basically, it depends on what kind of cigarette your smoking. 2) It's about genetics. Some people will develop
cancer from smoking. Some develop it from not smoking. Some would have been fine, but since they started smoking, they have to keep smoking (this
could be why some people die within 5 or 10 yrs of quitting, OR it could be that they did the damage while smoking and it took a while to catch up or
be noticeable, who knows?) Maybe some are ok smoking as long as it's not too frequent or not too high of a tar or nicotine level or some other
Or maybe some people are unlucky and get the cigarettes that have an accidental extra dose of some bad chemical? Ever notice a smoke taste weird?
Oh what am I saying?, they have thousands of chemicals of course they're gonna taste weird... Anyway we can't deny that we've all heard of people
living ripe old ages while smoking their whole life. My friends grampa smoked filterless smokes(I'm assuming they were roll your owns and not the
Camel Nonfilters you can buy, especially since they lived in rural Kentukey, and actually I think he said they grew tobbacco, cuz he definitely told
me they were moonshiners) and is in his 90's and still goes around doing work on their property and on the house. So if he dies at 99 would we say
that if he didn't smoke he would have been 100? Or 130? Who want's to live that old in an old, aching body? Ok I guess I would if it was in as good
of shape as that old man's was. Hell I'm 29 and he was in better shape at least cardiovascularly. I think the problem with people today is that they
don't respect anything or do anything in moderation. In USA anyway, it's all about "MOREMOREMORE". Like a lot of peoples' approach with alcohol
is: "If 3 drinks feels good, 30 drinks will feel 10 times as good." And you can translate that equation to pretty much anything and that's the
general attitude. Anyway, another thing I thought could be interesting is that some people cough up stuff, and some don't cough up as much even if
they've been smoking as long. Maybe the person taking the effort to get that crap out of their throat and lungs are helping to "get the cancer
out"... I guess there's a lot of possibilities out there.