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When I was young I thought people smoked to stay warm.
I used to think that quitting "cold turkey" meant instead of having a cigarette, the person would have to eat a piece of cold turkey.
I used to think that clouds were caused by cigarette smoke
I used to believe that you could quit smoking by eating cold turkey:)
In school they had taught me that smoking would kill you, so when I saw a lady go on her smoking break I screamed to my mom, "Look, she's smoking, and she didn't even DIE!"
When my sister was in grade 8 she had to do an essay on the effects of smoking. She did lots of research, and read somewhere that minors weren't allowed to buy cigarettes. When she read me her essay, she said: "Miners aren't allowed to buy cigarettes because if they smoked in the mines, they would suffocate and could cause an explosion." I almost peed my pants when I told her the truth. She's lucky I caught that, otherwise her teacher would have been very disraught.
I used to think that when you smoked pot that you actually smoked from a pot.
My aunt was a heavy smoker for a period in the late 60s, early 70s. When I was a kid, she told me about how she smoked 3 packs a day until one day, she "quit cold turkey." I felt my family had a personal stake in this, since we always invited her over for Thanksgiving. I gave myself a little pat on the back for our collective efforts.
I used to believe that quitting something 'cold turkey' meant that you ate cold turkey instead of smoking or doing whatever else they're trying to quit. I figured that since cold turkey doesn't sound that delicious, they must be so distracted by how annoying cold turkey tastes that they forget about their addiction.
You know how cigarettes come with health warnings on the box? Well, one of the warnings used to be "Cigarettes cause impotence", and since I was a kid and didn't know what "impotence" was, I assumed they just made a spelling mistake and meant to write "Cigarettes cause importance". I thought it meant that if you smoke cigarettes, it would make you more important. Which I thought weird, since being important is a good thing.
I was absolutely convinced that the clouds were made from cigarette and cigar smoke and that the reason some people wanted the smokers to quit was so the sun would shine every day. I used to get so mad at my parents (and everyone else) when they would smoke outside and was 14 before I learned the truth. I still hate smokers, though!!
I used to think that if someone was quitting smoking "cold turkey", it meant that every time they had a craving for a cigarette they would go to the fridge and eat a piece of cold turkey instead and that would make the craving go away. I figured that's why everyone said it was so hard to quit "cold turkey", because I didn't really see how eating meat could help. And I believed this until high school!
I smoked exactly one time in my life. When I was about 6 years old, a friend and I found a partially smoked cigarette on the sidewalk. Using a magnifying lens to light it, we each took a drag off of it. I got very ill, and I remember thinking for months afterward that one puff had given me lung cancer. Since then, I have never smoked.
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.
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.
I used to believe only women who had sex were allowed to smoke. Whatever sex was.
My dad used to smoke so obviously I thought it was a thing that only dad's did cos mum's dad and dad's dad did too. When i first saw my brother smoking I asked him if he was going to be a dad and was practising. My brothar looked at me wide-eyed, him and his girlfriend were about to have their first child! You can imagine how span out he was! I have recently learnt from experience you don't have to be a dad, you can be a daughter too!
When I was little I seen a commercial on TV that talked about how your lungs turned black when you smoked. After hearing this I was horrified whenever my parents or grandpa would light up in front of me, to the point where I became hysterical because I somehow convinced myself I could "see" their lungs turning black.
My sister thought that smoking (a cigarette not the other stuff) was against the law. We were watching film and this policeman lights up a cigarette and she goes, "ooooh he's smoking and he's a cop!"
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)