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When i was in the 8th grade someone asked me if i smoked reefer and i thought it was a new brand of cigarettes. I smoked cigarettes at the time so i just said yeah.

Anon
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When I was about 16 I had told my mom that some kids at school smoked, and she told me that I never wanted to smoke, because when the tobacco was in the field birds would poop on it and that stayed in the cigarettes. I was so disgusted that I never tried to smoke and I got a few of my friends to quit as well.

Tiffany
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I used to think that when you smoke, you chew on a cigerette, and then you get the magic power to blow smoke. I was a very strange kid.

Anon
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when I was younger, I thought that you smoked by swallowing it. So, when I tried it I swallowed, and after about 10 times in a row of me swallowing air, I burped and a HUGE puff of smoke came bellowing out. It wouldn't have been that bad, but I was in the middle of talking to someone when I did it. They didn't know what to think!

cole
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i used to tell my mom she should pick up the cigarette butts off the ground and smoke them instead of paying lots of money for a packet!

smokey joe
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When I was about 3, me and my grandparents took a train trip through Canada. We were sitting in about the middle of the train car and the front of the car was the smoking area. I looked up and saw smoke and stood up screaming :The train is on fire! The train is on fire!" Boy did that get a laugh. The college girls put out their cigs and asked me to join them. So I played Barbies with them for a few hours :)

Jennie W
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i thought tobacco was just dead grass. so when my friends mom left one day, we got some white paper, some dead grass in the backyard and walked around trying to smoke it. I was 9.

june
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Dont make fun of me when you read this! When I was probably 5 or 6 and we went to restaurants, dad would get a smoking table. I thought that smoking was a type of Coke!!

CS
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I used to believe that if you smoked a cigarette while drinking an alcoholic beverage you would blow up!

Sue
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Up until I was about 10 I thought second hand smoke was when a poor person picked up the butt of a cigarette from the ground and smoked it.

Rosebud
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when iwas little i thought smoking was good for you. actually, i thought i would die because i DIDNT smoke.

Anon
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I have an uncle who's just 10yrs older than me. One day when I was 7, I saw him gently tearing apart a cigarette. I asked him what he was doing and he said he had to take out the old brown stuff and put fresh green ones and I couldnt tell my grandma OR else. I never knew what that green stuff was until 4yrs ago when I was 17! He was rolling a joint!

JecNucz
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For whatever reason, I thought that grass was slang for tobacco rather than marijuana.

Anon
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When i was a kid, I used to believe cigarette smoke could make you fly.

Théo parietti
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I used to belive that only men smoked

I believed this until I saw my grandmother smoking when I wasn about 11 (she lived on other side of the world from me). I was very shocked to see her smoking and had to ask mum about it

Anon
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When I was about 7, I heard my grandma and my aunt talking about my aunt quitting smoking. My grandma told her to cold turkey. Of course, I didnt know what that meant at the time..so I asked her this.. "Why dont you go eat some turkey now? Theres some in the fridge." I remember thinking how easy it would be to cold turkey.. (they laughed btw)

Jess
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Until I was 12 I thought a cigarette was just a thin piece of paper rolled up. I had read somewhere about soldiers using the pages of a Bible to roll their cigarettes, so one night I ripped out a blank piece of paper at the back of a Bible and snuck outside rolled it up and lit it, when I inhaled it burned my mouth really bad! A few months later I found out about tobacco.

Not to bright
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I don't smoke, never have, and when I was in middle school (aged about eleven) the kids had obviously heard people saying that "everyone smoked at the high school." Somehow this belief developed that when you got to high school, the older kids would grab you in the yard and force you to smoke cigarettes. We'd never heard of peer pressure and this seemed the only explanation for the fact.

"Well, I won't let them give me any cigarettes."
"Duh, Silverstar1809, they FORCE you to smoke them."
"I don't care, I'll... trip them over or something!" (From the sweet kid of an eleven-year-old that I was, this was unprecedented violence.)

Not made any better by the fact that I had asthma and began coughing horribly if someone was smoking on the same train platform, so I believed that actually smoking would kill me.

Somehow I survived.

silverstar1809
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When I was about 2 years old, I not only believed that my father ate the cigarettes he smoked, but I also decided to do so myself. As you can imagine, eating tobacco is very harmful to a toddler, and this whole fiasco resulted in a trip to the hospital and a stomack pumping.

M.M.
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In all the old movies, smoking a cigarette sometimes signifies that the smokers have had sex, usually illicitly (like in "Now, Voyager"). I was exposed to a lot of these movies in childhood, and one day my neighbour and my aunt both started to smoke. I was about five, and I ran in screaming that Auntie was having sex with the neighbours (whatever *that* meant). I tell you, the looks on my mom's and cousin's faces were priceless.

Kate
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