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I could never understand why people stubbed out their cigarettes when only the white bit was left.(I didn't know that it was not filled with tobacco; but was a filter instead) I thought it was a waste.
I think this is because of those chocolate cigarettes you can get, but I used to think that all cigarettes were chocolate. When trying to eat one of my nana's as a child, I still didn't catch on and figured you had to set it on fire to make it taste like chocolate.
When i was a little boy, I kept seeing people covering the lighter with their hands while lighting a cigerette. I used to believe they were hiding the fire from me because i was little. I remember always wanting to say, "it's ok, I don't mind the fire".
For some reason, I thought that all people who smoked pipes were ugly and very bad (like child-killer bad). Maybe this was instilled by movies? Not sure, but it was scary.
When I was little, about six or seven, my best girlfriend and I would pick up cigarette butts off the ground and if they had lipstick on them, we would light them and smoke them, believing that women didn't have germs but men did so the lipstick meant they were safe.
I used to think that smoking made you poop because i saw a guy taking a crap and he was smoking. i was 4
I believed that smoking would actually bring girls because i saw it on T.V. i was 5.
When I about 3 or 4, I saw a box of cigarettes and my grandma told me they were cigarettes. I misheard it as 'piglets'.
When I was 5 or 6, maybe 7, there was a smoldering cigarette in the bathroom and I went near it, and I freaked out and thought I was going to die just becuase I went near it.
When I was about 5 or 6 I used to believe that "smoking grass" meant putting a long piece of grass in your mouth the way farmers do.
when i was younger, i thought that when you smoked you just held it in your mouth. i assumed that the taste and smell were what people liked. i had no idea about nicotine. haha i believed this untill one day when i was "smoking" and my older friend corrected me...
I used to think that smoking was good since it was banned in elevators.
I used to believe that "second hand smoke" came from smoking two cigarettes at one time, one in each hand. If smoking was bad for you, second hand smoke was worse.
When I was in elementary school, we had the DARE program at school and we were taught a lot of anti-smoking lessons. Therefore, I assumed that because the teachers said that smoking was bad--that meant that no teachers smoked. I was devasted to find out later that my friend's mom (who was a teacher at my elementary school) smoked regularly.
When I was little, my parents smoked. I used to hate it when we were in the car and the smoke got in my face. My mom always said that the smoke likes pretty girls. So whenever the smoke got in my face I would try and make ugly faces at it. Needless to say, it didn't work.
When I was young and would see people smoking cigarettes outside, i thought the cigarette was to keep their fingers warm.
One day in elementary school some guy came by our school to tell us about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. He told us the cig companies put all types of harmful chemicals in the cigarettes. I raised my hand and told him my father's cigarettes were harmless because he grew them and rolled them himself so I knew there weren't any harmful chemicals in them. When I got home and told my mom she made my dad throw out his weed plant.
I used to believe that when someone gave something up "cold turkey" it literally meant that they no longer ate cold turkey. I had no idea how that would affect smoking. I did understand vaguely how that would affect weight loss.
I used to think that tobacco was the smoke that stayed inside of the cigarettes until you lit it and the smoke came out.
I used to think that inside a cigarette there are four or five filters in a row that are burnt when smoking. (The tobacco shelfs at shops had transparent bags of filters for roll-your-own cigarettes.) I used to think that people roll their own cigarettes so that they can adjust the lenght of the cigarette by choosing how many filters they use.
I was told that there is nothing good about smoking tobacco. Thus, it did not appear to me that smoking mildly relaxes and alters mood, neither did I know about the addictive potential. Thus, I thought that people smoke because they either do not know that it is bad for you, or alternatively that they are inherently evil, and consequently do things that are bad.