I'm at work right now. Earlier my boss was talking to someone about Marijuana nad how it is a big gateway drug to more hard core drugs.
For some reason this got me thinking about something. I started to think back when I first started smoking (Age 12) and all the people I knew that smoked when I was in middle scholl and high school.
I started thinking about all those people that smoked and realized something. Every single person I knew that smoked cigarettes when I was in school, also experimented with other drugs and alcohol, ( Yes we all now know that nicotine is a drug). I can't think of one person back then that just smoked cigarettes and did nothing else. Not one. I'm not saying that there isn't anyone, but I can't remember one person.
Sure there were kids in high school that didn't smoke and experiemented with either alcohol or marijuana, BUT not all the non smoking kids did this, just a small portion.
What is interesting though is that ALL the kids I remember who smoked cigarettes, DID experiment with alcohol or marijuana. Myself included. Again I'm not saying all people who smoke do this, but I personally do not remember a single person that smoked cigarettes, who did not try other drugs.
Then I was thinking about people today who have drug or alcohol problems. A good example is celebrities.
Think of all the celebrities who either are alcoholics or drug addicts. There are many out there. Their addictions may be different. Some are addicted to alcohol. Some are addicted to Heroin. Some are addicted to Valuim, while others maybe addicted to Vicodin. Their "drug of choice" addiction may greatly differ, but I started thinking about it and they all seem to have one thing in common.
They all smoke cigarettes. Every single famous person I can think of that either has drug or alcohol problems or has died of alcohol or drugs, smoked. At least every single person I can think of. I'm not saying everyone smoked, but I cannot think of one famous person who has a drug or alcohol problem that doesn't smoke cigarettes. I think for every person that is in this situation that doesn't smoke, that there is 100 people in the same situation that do smoke cigarettes.
I think this is important for parents to realize this, because if their child is experiementing with cigarettes. Chances are, that they will be experiementing with drugs and alcohol.
I think Nicotine is the true gateway drug.
Eric 2 years 8 months Free