I'm a nonsmoker but know a lot of smokers. I tried a cigarette once a year ago and found it to be the most nauseating experience of my life, and I've tried a lot of stuff. I've noticed recently that a couple of my long-term smoking friends seem to get sick a lot (variety from stomach aches to colds to flat out amazing fatigue) and seem to suffer from a wide range of issues. Do you think these things are connected or coincidental? Also, from those with experience who have quit or tried to quit, how hard was it and how'd you do it? Is it really as hard as people make it out to be or is it really just a matter of being mildly strong-willed? I guess its different for every person, but I'm having a hard time deciding if smokers who can't seem to quit are just really good at making excuses for themselves or up against impossible odds or what. Is it possible for smokers and non-smokers to maintain a good friendship? I dated a guy last year who smoked since he was a kid and after a while, all those smoker breaks started to drive me nuts. I've just had a series of depressing experiences with smokers, and at this point in my life I don't think I could ever date another one, which is a shame because otherwise, sometimes they are my favorites. It just makes me sad to be around people who willfully throw away good health like that.