Starting a new blog

    April 1st, 2009

    I started smoking when I was 16 years old.  My dad smoked, my stepdad smoked.  Some of my friends smoked.  It was kind of a “cool” thing to do, or at least it seemed so to a teenager.  Cigarettes were reasonably cheap then:  The going rate at the convenience stores was $1.25 a pack, with one particular store selling packs for 99¢.  I’ve been smoking cigarettes ever since.

    Lately, of course, smoking has become less and less socially accepted.  No matter what your stance on the so-called second hand smoke studies, the public’s perception of smoking has been souring for some time.  Everyone knows it’s tremendously unhealthy for the smoker, and also for the people around them.  So, society has been cracking down on smoking in many ways. Read the rest of this entry »