reply to post by sparda4355
Ok i only read the origional post and ill try to keep this simple because i dont want to start a battle between smoking vs anti smoking.
I live in an area where we have had a total smoking ban for close to 6 years now. 30 ft from entrances, no indoor smoking anywhere even with
partitions and no smoking in work areas and company vehicles. Now the city where i live has 3 times as many smokers per capita than the national
average and we have an extremley popular coffee shop culture here. I would say that it took a good 6 months after the bans took effect for people to
finally settle with it. It isnt a big deal really.
More and more people smoke outside now due to the effects of second hand smoke. Where i live it is almost socially unacceptable to smoke indoors in
peoples homes especially if there are children present. Most people i know smoke less on average now and i find alot of people quitting these days
which is also due to 25 portion packs exceeding the 10 dollar mark.
I have been successfully quit for 7 months now and am just beginning to feel the health benefits of it. Now while it is not my place to tell you
whether you should quit or not consider this. The healthcare system makes billions of dollars a year off of smoking related illnesses. People who
smoke get sick twice as often than people who dont thus increasing emergency room waits. Second hand smoke is the cause of the rapidly increasing
cases of athsma in small children and possibly even contributing to many teens ending up with diabetis (along with the mick dees of course).
Now when compared to obesity, handicaps and infant feeding practices, smoking is an optional practice that is of a self induced nature. Even though
things like obesity are often self inflicted, smoking is 100% about choice and therefore really doesnt deserve any special treatment. If you don't
like standing outside in below freezing tempuratures, then don't its simple, nobody is forcing you to go outside and smoke. You either wait for later
to have one or you freeze or you dont smoke at all. Remember the woman with the baby has no choice but to feed it and the man in the wheelchair simply
just can't get out and start walking. You, however, can stop smoking.
Saying that smokers need special rights is like saying that alcoholics needs special rights. "Its ok that he beats his children, he is drunk and has
a disease". Or how about we tell crack addicts that its ok to smoke crack as long as they do it 30 ft away from a building entrance. Remember the
idea is that we turn potential smokers off of smoking before they have a chance to quit. I think we have had enough seeing children as young as ten
puffing on cigarettes and raiding public ashtrays for a few good butts because they are addicted.
Lets not make smoking glamorous for the younger generation. It seems that less young people are smoking now and its because we are changing our
attitude toward it. I wish we could only make this sort of progress with hard drugs, alcoholism and fast food gluttony as all these things probably
account for probably half of the diseases and conditions that plague our hospitals and allow insurance companies and drug companies to pick our
How many of you would like to bet that large cigarette companies have investments in drugs companies and probably even own health care plans?
Smoking is not a right, it is a habit and a perfect example of how companies prey on our weaknesses to turn a profit. You want rights? Ask your
favorite brand to pay for your funeral and health care costs, not your families or friends.