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Is it more of an accomplishment to never start smoking or to give up smoking?

I don’t smoke, but It’s a question out of curiosity.

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26 Responses to “Is it more of an accomplishment to never start smoking or to give up smoking?”

  1. Pa said:

    The greater the challenge the greater he victory.

    I’ll leave the rest up to you.

  2. Amie said:

    To never smoke. It’s never an accomplishment when you start smoking, it’s simply being stupid.

  3. Katlady said:

    to quit, I mean, starting something like that is pretty easy to avoid.

  4. anais said:

    give up

  5. The Wise Fool said:

    depends what you mean by more of an accomplishment. Its probably a lot harder to stop smoking than to never start. But its obviously a wiser choice to never start. Depends on how you look at your question i guess.

  6. mr.bollox said:

    giving up smoking is more of an accomplishment as smoking is very addictive and people can spend thousands trying to do this.

  7. Jack said:

    IMO its bigger to not start, because you’re an idiot if you DO start.

  8. Smiling JW™ said:

    More sense to never start smoking.

    Prevention is better than cure.

    ex-smoker for some years now.

  9. So many questions,so little time said:

    To give it up.

    To me, to miss something I never did seems pointless.

    I don’t and never have smoked.

  10. CrAzY sTrAwS - i'm a girl said:

    To never start, because most people are so curious.

    if you never even try it at least ONCE in your life… way to go.

  11. blue baby said:

    it seems like it would be more of an accomplishment to give up smoking….

    but at the same time it seems like it’d be a life accomplishment to never have started.

    ahah sorry i don’t have much of an answer 😛

  12. Angry Penguin Rocker said:

    More of an accomplishment to give up. Better to never start in the first place.

    I’ve never smoked, myself.

  13. Ren said:

    It’s an accomplishment to give up smoking, but it’s insanely stupid to even start.

  14. Kryssi said:

    I have been a support person for someone trying to quit and have learned that nicotine addiction is harder to kick than heroin… I would say quitting smoking is the greater victory.

  15. Bonzo said:

    Damn good depthy Q…Gee’s how do you answer this? i’m going to have a ciggy and think about this? back in 3 minutes okay…I’m going with giving up due to the addictive properties of nicotine, and are not smokers the more curious of people? though that could be considered a human flaw? i personally think not…

  16. p said:

    either is a reason to be proud

    I smoked for 15 years- I quit in 1987. yes smoking is stupid no question , but peer pressure is a very powerful thing and to fight that and win is very much an accomplishment

    but quitting is hard and I really would say that the biggest accomplishment would be to not start and also maintain a non judgemental position regarding others

  17. Inessa said:

    Well whats the point to even start smoking in the first place if you know you will be to addicted to quit plus people get cancer from it. But i think its more of an accomplishment if you quit because you did something good for yourself. =)

    God bless!

  18. Will said:

    I think quitting, as you’ve given in to smoking, become addicted, (which takes at least a year or so), and then say

    ”I don’t want to smoke anymore, I’m going to stop”.

    But I see your point about not ever starting, I’ve been offered literately hundreds of times but have always said no, so saying no and keeping to your word of when you were a kid, as what I said ”I’ll never drink, or smoke or do drugs”, the latter two, I never have,

    But in my opinion, quitting is much harder as I learnt from my best friends all having to quit, so I believe it’s more of an accomplishment.

    I’d also say the same about drugs, though, that’s a different question all together…

    Hope this helps!

  19. easterbunny22 said:

    Good question! I have never smoked, and feel proud of myself for always managing to resist the peer pressure that seems to be the reason for most smokers to start. However, my husband gave up smoking last year and watching him go through all of the stages of coughing and spluttering and generally feeling awful really highlighted how difficult it is to give up, and what an achievement it is to actually manage it long term.
    So, I guess I would say it is certainly an admirable achievement to be able to give up, but its surely more of an accomplishment to be able to go through life having never put your body through it in the first place.
    Of course, my husband sat beside me here disagrees… 🙂

  20. 53108 said:

    It depends on a few things. If you didn’t give in to pressure to try it or your own personal curiosity, not starting is a great accomplishment. If you give up smoking, you beat your own mind and body working against you, and that, too, is an accomplishment.

    As a smoker, I’d have to say that quitting is more of an accomplishment. Your own curiosity and pressure to try (internal or external pressure) will subside in a relatively short time. However, when you go to quit, there’s more to quitting than just “wanting a cigarette”. I have been personally trying to quit, and for me, the first day is easy. Day two I can’t think straight, my vision gets fuzzy, I get shaky…BUT, I still don’t crave the cigarette. I go back on day 2, though, so that I can think and speak straight, so that I can see clearly, and so I stop shaking.

    But…both never starting and stopping have great merits, so don’t let anyone tell you that not starting isn’t an accomplishment… unless it was something you just never had an interest in…if there’s no interest, it was not a problem to not start. It’s no accomplishment for me to have never done crack since I have never wanted to.

  21. Wishes are Fishes said:

    It’s more of an accomplishment to give up smoking. Smoking is addictive, so it’s much harder to resists smoking after you’ve had a few than it is to never start.

  22. Eva said:

    both have there merit. Never smoking you have been able to resist temptation and curiosity. If you smoke and then quite you have given in to temptation but then made a firm decision and overcome your vises. I would say about equal in their own way.

  23. MT said:

    Giving it up.

    While it’s more responsible to have never started smoking, giving up something that habitual and addictive shows self control.

  24. Michael M said:

    greater challenge is to stop smoking.

  25. Audrey R said:

    when a person is a teen, it is a huge accomplishment to not start smoking despite the marketing and peer pressure. As an adult, the marketing isn’t geared towards nonsmokers, and there isn’t the peer pressure either.

    Regardless of age, once a person is addicted, the accomplishment of quitting is monumental.

  26. 2WYCE said:

    It’s harder to stop.

    It’s easier never to start.

    The degree of accomplishment is subjective.

    IMO, it’s not an “accomplishment” at all to NOT do something that you shouldn’t do in the first place. It’s just normal.

    However, once you are hooked on something that you should not have started (smoking, drugs, etc…), it becomes very difficult to stop. That’s why it’s looked at as an accomplishment when it’s done.

    So while I don’t think it’s an “accomplishment” to NOT start smoking, I do think it’s a much better choice than to have the need to “accomplish” quitting smoking.


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