I’m glad that I never started smoking cigarettes long term after I tried them a handful of times in college.
I would buy a pack, use a quarter of them partying over the course of a long weekend, and then I’d give the rest of the pack to a friend of mine who was a legitimate smoker.
This is how I got close to the edge of becoming addicted but never actually went over the edge. It started with a friend who asked me while we were smoking cannabis if I wanted to try a “clove cigarette.” Call me stupid, but I believed him when he reassured me that it had no tobacco inside. I thought it was just the cloves that we were smoking, but in reality it was loaded with as much or more nicotine than a traditional cigarette. I bought them a handful of times before I realized it wasn’t worth tickling the sleeping tiger any longer. Now I stick to smoking cannabis only, although I am glad that I finally started using a dry herb vaporizer so I can avoid combustion of cannabis. The combustion creates carcinogens that are not good for your long term health. Therefore, my favorite cannabis products are dry cured flower buds, which usually come in jars or mylar bags with an eighth of an ounce inside. Even if the batch of cannabis flower buds isn’t extremely fresh, if it’s stored in an airtight jar, it should remain fresh for at least a month or longer. I have gotten a few sticky batches of cannabis that were over a month old from the date of original sale.