There's so much going on in the world,huge scary freaky things and verry exciting liberating things. However this post has really irritated me, and I
feel I must speak for the first time in the ATS forum...cane me if needed but I am passionate about this topic as a matter of personal freedom.
I'm sick of people trying to tell me what I can and can't do,whats right or wrong, and thinking they have the right to sit in judgment of others
free will and life choices.
Respect is mutual, if you give it you get it back, its universal law.
Firstly smoking has been around according to Wikipedia for 5000 years BC, much longer than the nanny police who wish to impose their high morals and
judgment on others in todays so called free society.
My son is 20 years old and really dislikes smoking, really really dislikes smoking!
However he would never say I am a bad parent because I smoke / or smoked cigarettes while he was growing up !!
Did he come in contact with smoke ? Yes some times.
Does he live in Sydney and breath in the fuel and pollution everyday,,,yes ge does. We have spent quite a lot of time in China and one can;t even see
the sky for pollution....cough cough ......and Im sure many cities in the world are the same. Lets go fill up our cars with petrol and drive our kids
around, no worries ...it's better than smoking.
My son might say I've been a bad parent for working too hard, missing a school carnival, not baking cookies for the school fete, but not because I
smoke cigarettes ! He has love, guidance, education, family and support when ever he needs it, Smoking has nothing to go with being a good parent to
a childs inner self.
My husband and I have raised our son as smokers and he doesnt smoke or drink alcohol or desire too.....must be bad parenting.
Australia has some of the harshest anti-smoking laws in the world.
In rhe majority of our states we can't even see cigarettes as they must be hidden from view, blacked out by cupboards.
Smoking is prohibited from most social areas, such as train stations, resturants, clubs, pubs, workplaces, unless there are specified smoking areas.
Smoking in cars with children was first banned in 2007 when it became law in South Australia and has since pretty much been implemeted country wide
Would the OP pefer to ban smoking which is legal in the name of good parenting?
In 2007/2208 cigarette taxes was worth about 5.6 Billion to the Aus economy in government taxes, I cant even imagine what it was worth to the American
side, so much tax into your economy. Hospitals, Roads, Infastructure...etc......from those filthy smokers.
If smoking becomes Illegal, it will become blackmarket, just like drugs.
Cigarette smokers can then become criminals as well as bad parents, and maybe they should go to jail with all the thiefs, rapists, child molesters,
drug dealers and so forth.
Must be great to be a perfect parent...hope you don't let your kids drink Coca Cola, eat McDonalds, use toothpaste, drink bottled water, eat food
with preservatives.......its all bad for us apparently.
I am respectful of non smokers. I don;t smoke near other people when Im out in public, i don;t throw or litter my butts. Respect should be given for
my right to smoke if I wish, as long as I don't harm others with my addiction.
If im not in your face...please don;t get in mine.
Believe me the Billions in taxes the goverment gets from Tobacco will pay for my medical if needed, but I work hard and pay my way in life...so I can
die how I want and pay the price.