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i used to think chain smokers would light like 5 cigarettes and take a hit of each and every one of them over and over

thomas pettit
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When i was little every single adult in the family smoked (and still do) and then when my mummy said to me that she can't quit, i thought you HAD to smoke to live.

Anon
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I used to believe I could stop pollution if I stomped on every cigarette that people threw on the pavement while still lit.

Einat
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When I was young and would see people smoking cigarettes outside, i thought the cigarette was to keep their fingers warm.

Karen
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My parents were both heavy cigarette smokers when I was a kid. I always heard people say "those things'll kill ya" but I had never heard of Cancer or Emphysema before. I used to have a dream, and it was recurring, that my Mom would be lying on her back like one of those circus jugglers who juggle barrels with thier feet, but she'd be juggling this huge rolled up ball of DuMaurier cigarette packages. I used to go to the store for her and buy them and wonder all the way home how this little package can kill you. And wonder why she was sending me to get them if they were so dangerous!

Lulopu
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When i was much younger i used to think that a fag was a word for people who didnt know how to smoke and i used to think they were really stupid and so i laughted at them, now i know and now i realise how stupid i was!!!

Tom.B
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I used to believe adults smoked cigarettes backwards, that is, i thought you had to blow on it and I thought "what's the fun of blowing on that thing and making smoke come out?"

Anon
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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.

Anon
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I used to believe that men have to shave because they smoke cigarettes. (my dad used to smoke, mum -never!) I was surprised once seeing my non-smoking uncle shaving in the bathroom and a few days later I saw my friend's mother smoking.

alexa
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When I was younger I thought that men who smoked were the only people who grew facial hair becuause the only people I had ever seen with mustaches or beards were smokers. I didn't realize that all men grew facial hair until the fourth grade when we had a sex-ed class and they taught us all about puberty and hair growth.

Anon
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I always thought that second hand smoke was someone smoking with both hands until i learned about drug abuse in fifth grade...

Danny
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I used to believe that only men smoked cigarettes and only women drank coffee. I guess this because my dad smoked but didn't drink coffee and my mom drank coffee and didn't smoke. When my dad's (male) friend drank coffee in the morning I was preplexed.

Anon
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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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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 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.

April
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When I was about 14 or 15 years old, my friend who was the same age told me never to smoke a cigarette down to the filter, because it would make you unable to have children later. Where did that come from???

Daria
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In preschool my teacher told us about how she had started smoking at a young age. I didn't have the concept of aging down real well, so I assumed that she had started smoking when she was 4 or 5 years old.

Anon
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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.

Mitsuki
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A friend of mine used to believe that smoke stacks were there so that smokers could crawl up them to smoke. She figured they were all standing on the shoulders of the person below them.

Anon
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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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