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Back when I was a kid, smoking was not only accepted, it was promoted. There were ads everywhere. You could smoke everywhere. Free smokes were handed out. All the people on TV and in movies smoked. No one was told it was bad, let alone deadly.

Now, with all the information, bans, and taxes, why would anyone take up smoking ?

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Because it's the opposite of what the formal and informal authorities want. I guess that is reason enough.

 

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I assume it's still the "cool" factor.

After all, we're dealing with a generation that will eat Tide Pods! 

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It feels semi-good. I smoked for about 1 year, 3 times in my life. I like the high but since I do also a lot of sport I did not enjoy the noticeable decrease in performance. 

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Unsophisticated people around the world buy into the "it is so cool to smoke"...especially young people in 3rd world countries...

 

Their governments are not protecting them from this healthcare hazard...😖

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I think you will find most that do smoke, or are just starting out to smoke are uneducated on the addiction side of it, and it's long term effects, oh he/she smokes so must be cool. No mention of cancer, heart attack, stroke, the effects of the nicotine being stronger than the effects of heroin.

 

All of our kids (5), one now an adult, have never smoked and never will while we are alive, they have been told of the effects and know better.

 

When I was growing up, both mum & dad smoked, 4 out of the 3 brothers smoked, the youngest came 10 years late and by then it was all over the place as to the effects of smoking on people, so fortunately for him he never smoked. I suffered a heart attack at 47 years of age, that was after stopping for 7 years, I started smoking when I was about 12, increasing the amount of cigarettes as I grew older, the arteries do narrow due to all of the chemicals in them, add the crap in food and well, if you make it in life to a reasonable age, your doing well.

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Desperation due to their hopeless financial situation caused by the strong Thai Baht, maybe? Smoking is the cheapest of the major 'sins' in Thailand, after all. If you genuinely feel that you've got nothing left to lose as your retirement plans have gone down the toilet through no real fault of your own then why not take it up?

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Like with all drugs, it is the environment that drives people to a large extent. When you have many friends that smoke, as an adolescent, you tend to feel it is normalized and get curious, want to try it after a while.   Nobody decides on his/her own to start smoking.  Same goes for other drugs, from coffee to heroin - we usually copy people we look up to and that are close to us. You need to be very informed and mature to resist.

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5 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Because it's the opposite of what the formal and informal authorities want. I guess that is reason enough.

 

Indeed...and...they probably will start like most of us did..."Experimenting"...leading to getting hooked.

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"Now, with all the information, bans, and taxes, why would anyone take up smoking ?" 

 

You are right. This is why I switched to drinking. Whenever I look into the mirror I see the Singha advertisement on my T-shirt and I feel thirsty. 

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9 hours ago, Curt1591 said:

No one was told it was bad, let alone deadly

Don’t know how old you are, but I’m 61, and when I was a kid it was universally known that smoking was terrible for your health. Parents and teachers reinforced this. Agree with the rest of your comment though, and have fond memories of chocolate and candy cigarettes (which never caused me to take up smoking).

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