Our new website Plain Packs Plain Stupid features a video, 'The Burning Question', that has interviews with smokers in Dublin.
Asked 'Why did you start smoking?', replies included:
“I started smoking when I was a teenager, probably because everyone else was doing it so I did it too to be cool, I suppose.”
“I started smoking because I was really young, had nothing to do, and all my friends were doing it.”
“I started smoking when I was 15 ... My sister smoked. There was no real reason why I did, I just wanted to try.”
“I started smoking at 28. I started because of a relationship, a girl. I’d just split up ..."
“I started smoking at 21. I was the social smoker relying on friends to provide the occasional cigarette. That became uncomfortable so I started buying my own packs.”
“I started smoking when I was about 17, way back in the late Sixties. It was a sort of daring thing to do in those days.”
“I started smoking … when I was 27 or 28. It was something different to do.”
“I started smoking when I started secondary school ... All my friends were smoking and I kind of felt I needed to fit in more.”
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