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When I was eleven my father caught me lighting my first cigarette, I had lit the match, but when I saw my father I put the match out. He gave me a long non threatening look and said, "OK light it up". So I did and I took a mouth full of smoke, blowing it out without inhaling. He said, "What's the matter with you. That's not the way to smoke a cigarette." Here he said, "Watch me." He took my cigarette, took a big drag, and then rounded his lips and blew some very perfectly round smoke rings. It looked terrific. (My father was a cigar smoker.) He gave the cigarette back to me and I took a deep drag . . . I was still puking three days later. I didn't smoke again till I was about fifteen. And after that, my first and only weed tryout was not til years later. I was an accomplished smoker by then and I could blow smoke rings just like my pop. But, my first drag on a weed made me just as sick as my first cigarette, except the puking. It only lasted about one very long, very painful puke.
|In Colorado. (Cartoon:Mark Brayer)|
Boy oh boy, those were the days. When I got married my wife didn't appreciate what I gave up.
But what is overlooked here is, if smoking regular cigarettes damages your lungs and your health system, how much damage does smoking weed do? I mean, you drag the smoke deep into your lungs. We used to do the handkerchief test with cigarettes all the time. You know, when you take a drag and then blow the smoke right from your lungs through your stretched tight hanky. But we never inhaled the smoke that deep or held it that long in our lungs, like you do with weed.. The yellow stain on the hanky was oily, ugly as hell and hard to wash out of the hanky. I never saw anyone do that with weed. And if you are still smoking, try it. For most people, the arguments over, thank goodness. But, forget about it. I'm not a doctor and I'm not qualified to give medical advice, but to me its a no brainer. I'm not moralizing either. I have been in the middle of clouds of weed smoke with entertainers and wanna be entertainers, like the party above, who were or got higher than the proverbial kite. But to me common sense says, "It must do damage to your lungs, just like cigarettes." Just common sense. The elephant? There he is!