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KeyserSoze
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December 28th, 2013 at 7:47:06 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Ever smoke opium? That stuff is amazing. You
feel like everything right is with the world



If I smoked opium, would Obama still be President?

If the answer is NO, where do I score some opium?
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gpac1377
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December 28th, 2013 at 8:00:29 PM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

Since the prices of smokes have pushed upwards and smoking banned in more and more places starting in the late 1980s to early 1990s I do not notice more people quitting but you do not see so many "2 pack a day" smokers as back in the 1970s.


Good point. Gallup has some data on that. In 1978, two-thirds of smokers consumed at least a pack per day. Now it's less than one-third of smokers.

Link: http://www.gallup.com/poll/1717/tobacco-smoking.aspx (scroll down a little)

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FleaStiff
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December 28th, 2013 at 8:35:00 PM permalink
I wonder if the people who checked "I'm a bigamist" smoke enough to annoy two wives?

>Reportedly, about 25% of adults are smokers (including any combination of cigarettes, cigars and pipes).
Pretty much in line with Reward Deficiency Syndrome genetic distribution.

>Educational attainment is very strongly predictive.
>Smoking rates approach 50% among the least educated, diminishing to near 5% for Americans with postgrad degrees.
Smarter people find less intrusive bad habits.

>Income is strongly predictive, with smoking rates of about 35% for poverty-level Americans,
>diminishing to about 10% for high-income earners.
High income earners have more costly amusements.

>Old people are much less likely to smoke.
Old people are much less likely to be able to afford to smoke.

Many organisms take drugs. Selection of drugs takes time away from search for food. Drugs are usually chosen for efficacy and effectiveness.

Opium via a hookah was really big in San Francisco for a while.

Most drugs are Xanthines and Xanthine metabolism pathways vary. Caffeine and theobromine are xanthines too.
EvenBob
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December 28th, 2013 at 8:36:49 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff



>Old people are much less likely to smoke.
Old people are much less likely to be able to afford to smoke.



No, old people are more likely to have
never smoked or quit years before.
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zippyboy
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December 29th, 2013 at 7:16:04 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Ever smoke opium? That stuff is amazing. You
feel like everything right is with the world, a
totally different experience from smoking weed.
I can see why it would be so addictive and
why Mao closed all the opium dens in China
when he took over. Nobody would ever get
anything done.


I traded some ecstasy for some opium to a couple Iranians I worked with back in 1985. Smeared it on a metal plate, stuck a hot coat hanger into it and sucked up the smoke with a straw "chasing the dragon". It was friggin' awesome. The most mellow, smoothest high I've ever had. I've had morphine sulphate liquid, and morphine pills that weren't nearly as good. Weed is terrible in my opinion.
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EvenBob
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December 29th, 2013 at 12:35:59 PM permalink
Quote: zippyboy

and sucked up the smoke with a straw "chasing the dragon". It was friggin' awesome.



Opium highs are amazing, you feel like a million
bucks. How hard is it to get addicted to that..
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FleaStiff
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December 29th, 2013 at 12:56:44 PM permalink
I've never smoked actively but I used to hang out in an IRA bar (please note if you must that I did not say IRA sympathizers bar). You've never seen such smoke as in an Irish bar. I used to ride a motorcycle just to air my clothes before they made it into the hamper. Fun talking to young IRA lads though.
gpac1377
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December 29th, 2013 at 4:57:07 PM permalink
Thanks for all the replies. I've never really been tempted by drugs, but I would definitely consider every possibility if my health failed, painfully.

Question: Why do non-smokers wear surgical masks in casinos?

Is there any benefit? Unless there's a filtration mechanism, you're still breathing the nasty air. I don't understand the science. Maybe they're sick and don't want to spread germs? That seems improbably humanitarian.
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AZDuffman
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December 29th, 2013 at 5:23:58 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

Thanks for all the replies. I've never really been tempted by drugs, but I would definitely consider every possibility if my health failed, painfully.

Question: Why do non-smokers wear surgical masks in casinos?

Is there any benefit? Unless there's a filtration mechanism, you're still breathing the nasty air. I don't understand the science. Maybe they're sick and don't want to spread germs? That seems improbably humanitarian.



I've never seen this live. A question is "are they Asians?" Wearing masks seems to be an Asian thing more than Western, and yes, it is more that they do not want to spread germs vs not get sick.
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FleaStiff
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December 29th, 2013 at 6:07:54 PM permalink
Chairman Mao had a program to encourage the wearing of masks by people who felt sick and to prevent people from spitting on the street. I think the programs survived the doings of the Gang of Four.

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