posted on Nov, 16 2003 @ 04:39 AM
Originally posted by websuspect
I don't like having to go somewhere and breath your smoke but heres the thing...
All you smokers are stepping on my rights by polluting my planet with your trashy filthy butt flickings and my air with your polluted air carcinogens,
I hate 2nd hand smoke as much as any non-smoker and I understand not wanting to be in a smoke filled room. But when I was younger and smoking was
still allowed in CA restaurants, I don't ever recall smelling or feeling affected by the smoke from the smoking sections.
Are you going to tell me that the pollutants in the air we breathe would cease to be detrimental to our health if people didn't smoke? When people
tell me I should stop smoking "because it's bad for me", I recommend they stop breathing the air. Air pollution from factories and vehicles causes
more damage to people's respiratory systems than a person smoking in a separate section of a properly ventilated restaurant.
I worked in a pharmacy for 6 years, and the number of small children that are born with or develop asthma and other respiratory problems (i.e.,
chronic bronchitis, sinus allergies, etc.) has been gradually increasing. This is not a result of being around 2nd hand smoke. It is a result of
living in ridiculously polluted, toxic air.
Going after smokers is just a ruse, to make supporters feel like they are helping protect non-smokers health, and to allow the government to target a
"politically incorrect" habit with exorbitant taxes. If the do-gooders of America want to make a difference for their children's sakes, they'll
fight to stop the government from giving tax incentives to people so that they will by "pollution-factory" SUVs and over-sized trucks, which most of
people have no real use for.
As for the littering issue, I agree that it is disrespectful and wrong to throw cigarette butts, OR ANY TRASH, out onto the street or sidewalk. What
is the most offensive thing to me, in regards to litter, is when I am in a park or in the mountains, and some jackass has left their trash, beer cans,
food wrappers, whatever, all over the place, like they were raised in a zoo. Litter is a problem with most all humans, smokers and non. It should be
a concern to everyone, because we all have to live on the same planet.