I smoke because I want to, I enjoy it, it’s as simple as that. If I ever give up it will be if and when I want to.
Since the ban on public smoking, I have not been out to a bar and seldom go to restaurants. The fact that I am forced not to smoke rather than choose
not to smoke makes it unbearable. My generation, whose parents fought against tyranny and totalitarianism, finds dictatorship totally unacceptable.
However, like all smokers I know, I am always willing to compromise. I recently bought an e-cigarette but many places have banned those too because
they simply don't like the look of people who smoke whether it is real or fake.
I am angry with the government. What have I ever done to any of them that led them to believe it's ok to treat me like a criminal? I have never done
anything illegal in all my years. I have always worked hard and paid my taxes and I know damn well that I have never harmed anyone else as long as I
Anti-smokers are spiteful. I ask again - what did I ever do to them? I am not asking to sit at their table and blow smoke in their face. They are free
to believe all the piffle they are fed, if it suits their own phobic prejudice, but they have no right to micro-manage my life or that of anyone else
who disagrees with them, or is more tolerant than they are.
I would like to have a choice of a smoking bar or smoking restaurant - even a damned cafe would do. How about the old greasy spoons? I am sure the
smokerphobic health freaks wouldn't go within ten feet of those places, either, but still they'd demand them because they are selfish. It's not just
that they want it all. It is that they don't want smokers to have anything.
I want to enjoy what I have left of my life. I've worked hard for it, contributed and done my bit but my life is now controlled by faceless, nameless
bureaucrats who haven't been breathing air as long as I've been smoking but think they know more about me than I do.
They moan about and intimidate the tobacco companies via its consumers while shamelessly taking the funding to do it from Big T's main competitor for
the nicotine market - Big P. These pharmaceutical companies are responsible for millions of deaths.
One day they will pay for what they have done. I hope they are finally brought to account in my lifetime so that they can cause no further damage to
my children's and grandchildren's generation as they have done to mine.
edit on 3/13/2016 by N3k9Ni because: typo