Smoking?

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Smoking?
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:23am
My husband was in Denver yesterday and had dinner with my son. Ds told dh that a lot of kids some at School of Mines. He said that he has seen some drinking, no drugs, but lots of smoking. This really surprised me. I thought that kids were smoking less than in the past. None of ds's friends in high school smoked. Is this possibly a regional thing? If so I am even more surprised that CO teens would smoke more than east coast kids. What is your experience? Do your kids smoke? Do there college friends?

Robin

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Registered: 08-26-2007
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:28am

I don't know if it has anything to do with the location of the school but more about experimenting different things while in college. My daughter is a health nut but she smoked her first year or two of college and never had in high school. Definitely doesn't anymore but again, think it was about experimenting. I smoked in hs because my friends did. Didn't in college because the people I hung around with didn't.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:32am
Interesting. I just wonder because I don't remember anyone smoking when I went to college in the early 80's. I saw people drinking, but not every day or every weekend. It was more a after midterms party thing. I also knew about drug use but never saw it among my friends.
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Registered: 09-19-2006
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:33am
Obviously that was supposed to say "a lot of kids smoke" not "some".
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Registered: 01-05-2005
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:13am

What is your experience? Do your kids smoke? Do there college friends?

It is FAR more common than I expected - UGH!!!!

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Registered: 02-14-2000
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:37am

Not uncommon at all. You'd think these young adults that grew up knowing how bad smoking is would know better. It was very, very common at both colleges Justin went to (Public U and CC). It was common at the public U Jason went to; not QUITE as prevelant after he transferred to Northwestern but still a lot of smokers. Jason smoked (both cigs and pot) for a brief time during his senior year of high school but hasn't since then. Justin never smoked cigs through high school or his first year at the public U but took it up around the time he turned 20, about a year and a half ago. Ugh. He says he'll quit at some point and he probably doesn't smoke more than 2-3 a day (maybe more on the days he works). We ranted and raved, reasoned, etc. when he took it up but there's not really a lot we can do. My folks were heavy smokers - in the house, in a closed car on long trips, etc. I never even noticed the stink when I was a kid. But now that dh and I don't smoke I definitely notice it when I'm around smokers. And just because your ds hasn't seen any drugs I"d be surprised if there wasn't at least pot there. That's pretty much as accepted among that age group as drinking, although because it's still illegal it's not quite as 'out there' until the kids get to know and trust each other.

Pam
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Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:41am

Smoking is not common at DS's university.

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In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 8:47am
DS19 hates cigarettes; has never tried, nor does he hang around with those that do. However, where he works mostly has people who work there FT (not students) and apparently some of them do.

Sue
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Registered: 09-19-2006
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 9:04am
I most certainly did not mean to imply that there is no drug use on ds's campus. I just figure he meant that he has not seen it. I know that I was aware of drug use when I was at college, but I never saw it either. Ironically, I did see drug use among my friends in High School , but they NEVER encouraged me to use drugs and I did not.
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Registered: 09-19-2006
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 9:07am
Boy I sure hope that my ds is not smoking. He was disgusted by it when he described it to dh, but I know that does not necessarily mean that he is not doing it. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Registered: 01-07-2004
In reply to: tooner2006
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 9:24am
My oldest dd smoked. She started on a high school trip to Europe, because "hey, it's legal and I want to experience the culture" When she returned she was working at Starbucks and EVERY single one of her coworkers smoked. She'd take breaks with them and smoke also. She continued smoking all the way through college. I hated this, but I could do nothing about it. She never ever smoked around us. In August she had to have surgery and the surgeon flat out told her he would not operate if she continued to smoke, because it would slow down the healing process so much. I wanted to hug the man! She listened to him and stopped. It's been almost 8 weeks since the surgery, she is still healing and I need to touch base with her to make sure she isn't falling into old habits. I think everyone she hangs around with smokes, so the temptation is there. My youngest has never smoked, none of her friends smoke and she is disgusted by the smell and the thought of lighting up.
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