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Five year college reunion - everyone still smoked.(13 posts)

Five year college reunion - everyone still smoked.Alex R
May 29, 2001 10:45 AM
I feel like I sucked down a decades worth of second hand smoke at my five year college reunion this past weekend. I went to Kenyon College, where seemingly every student smoked, and I seem to be the only bloke to have kicked the habit after graduation. Even the med students who are now in residency were still puffing.

It is a sad legacy from an otherwise great school/great experience. At age 18, people who puff socially feel so distant from the health effects of what they are doing. I know I did. I started smoking in college after an adolesence of serious swimming. After four years of smoking in college, I no longer saw it as a temporary vice. I was addicted and it was very difficult to quit. Cycling helped.

Point being, I was dismayed to see that none of my old friends had been able to quit. They all expressed a desire to do so, but the addiction they had formed in college was still too strong to break. I would be curious to know if others had a similar college experience. I do know that Kenyon has a reputation for producing smokers, even though other college vices like drinking and drugs weren't comparatively greater there. I think it's a terrible legacy, and one they would be well served to end.

Random thoughts,

The addictionPaulCL
May 29, 2001 11:07 AM
My wife and I were watching "48 Hours" on the tube last night. They had a story on the newly converted health nut, actor, Nick Nolte. The man takes upward of 50 pills per day, injects himself with vitamins daily, eats raw vegetables, works out religiously, spends (probably) $100,000's per year on Doctors, specialists, etc...truly off the deep end. His entire day is spent preparing and eating various meals of pills, potions, etc. Total health nut after giving up booze and drugs, but guess what??? He still smokes and is very defensive about it. I am sure he realizes that each inhalation is full of thousands of poisons, but he can't give it up. A true addiction. He was able to give up booze, coke, and whatever other addictive drug he was on...but not nicotine. Rather telling, isn't it!

OK, enough anti-smoking rants for one day. I never started, so I never had to quit. I offer major kudo's for your willpower to quit.
yup...more addictive than heroinColnagoFE
May 29, 2001 2:06 PM
Lou Reed (of Velvet Underground fame said it was easier for him to quit his Heroin habit than cigs (he still smokes as far as I know).
College buds still smokingseth1
May 29, 2001 11:12 AM
Smoking was probably the dumbest thing I have ever done. Fortunately I was able to free myself from my addiction. Well, sublimated my cigarette addiction with my cycling addiction, that was the key.
Nobody I know who smoked in college was able, or even wants to quit. They are all very sedentary, they all like to drink heavily. None of them have really progressed beyond the college mentality. I find it increasingly impossible to hang out with them because of thier lifestyle.
1961 revisitedBreck
May 29, 2001 12:29 PM
Upside down year and my High School reunion may be held in Richardson, Texas this year though the old school site is gone. Whiskey, beer, cigarettes, and hot rods were our mantra back then based on advertising and "fitting" in, etc.

Today's peoples have learned what is politically correct and can fill out the surveys accordingly, though the survey data results don't match sales figures of the offending health risks any more than "fitness" sales show real trends. Running shoes and bicycle sales are high as are "poor diet" foods, smokes, etc. Lots of posers on both sides telling you what you need to hear.

cheers and stay healthy
May 30, 2001 11:05 AM
1961 ....
your mom?

May 30, 2001 3:34 PM
there was only one high school in 1961 so we still missed by two years her being a soph entry? richardson eagles the old school. the new high school went in over near the traffic circle west side of town mebee 65? then another newer still as the town grew.

my mom and dad left richardson in 1966 for los angelos, ca. & i left for texas tech in 1961 & then arlington state college in 1963. lived in ft. worth till '67 and left for long beach, ca. still got lot's of family in texas ...carrolton, dallas, olney, and oklahoma too...tulsa and little kansas.

red river ...texas or oklahoma side?
"when you cross that ol' red river hoss, bob wills is still the king" -waylon jennings from lubbock, texas.

hay say hello to your mom anyways!

& cheers!
Of cocaine, alcohol and nicotine...MeDotOrg
May 29, 2001 1:13 PM
I quit nicotine 15 years after the first 2. Cocaine cravings are like tornados: get down in the basement and hold on to something before they overwhelm you. The good thing is that the cravings pass quickly.

Alcohol cravings can knaw at you throughout the course of an evening. Sometimes they can be overwhelming, but the cravings are more like an ocean wave.

Nicotine cravings are like Chinese water torture. Never overwhelming, just always there. Drip, drip, drip. I quit smoking in April of 2000 and I'm still sucking sugar-free mints. A day rarely goes by that I don't have a passing thought about smoking, but a day never goes by that I regret the decision to quit.

Smoking is the most insidious of habits. People can say what they want, but it is a mood-altering drug.

Rent "The Insider" some time. The tobacco companies knew what they were doing. They spoke of cigarettes as a "nicotine delivery system".
smoking: it gets easier.Haiku d'état
May 29, 2001 1:29 PM
3+ years in and i'm not thinking about smoking anymore until things like this remind me. used to think about cigs every second, after awhile it was every minute, then hour, day, you get the idea. now i have a craving once every blue moon, if then.

hang in there! it gets easier.
smoking: it gets easier.PingPong
May 30, 2001 7:29 AM
True, I don't think about smoking at all now after 5 years but a discussion like this really brings on the cravings again! I remember once, having quit for a month, that discussing the benefits of non-smoking with a fellow quitter pushed me over the edge. I had to buy a pack immediately!
The turning point for me came after about 3 months off the cigs when I realised how locked in to this habit all my friends were.
smokin the wrong plant....128
May 29, 2001 1:15 PM
You should change your name to 420 NMLazy
May 29, 2001 2:31 PM
re: Five year college reunion - everyone still smoked.DINOSAUR
May 29, 2001 2:40 PM
Well......they had my 40th H.S. reunion last year. I didn't go as half of them were dead, leading cause, cancer......