reply to post by Awoken4Ever
Is it fair that the cocktail waitress has to work for sub-minimum wage and tips? No. but she choose to do so.
Is it fair that some people are born with diseases and others are born healthy? No.
Is it fair we smoked our first cigarette, under similar circumstances, at about the same age? No. I almost didn't take it up; that Camel unfiltered
turned me green (I still can't smoke Camels without getting a headache). Luckily, I discovered cigars.
Bottom line: life isn't fair.
We could debate the whole "my rights vs. your rights" all day long, and neither of us would give an inch. You believe it is my duty to bend my
lifestyle to suit your convenience, while I believe you have the right to go elsewhere if you do not like where you are.
But here is where you really get carried away:
No because your subhuman to think there are actually holes instead of just some of the facts I
pointed out above.
You do realize there is medical evidence that disproves any link between second-hand smoke and health risks, right? You do realize that it is easy for
tests to be conducted in a biased manner so the desired outcome is certain? Those are the holes I speak of. Research the facts, instead of anecdotal
evidence from what was obviously a miserable childhood, and see for yourself. You may well find that there are aspects to nicotine use that are
I am not trying to make you a full-fledged criminal, but you would be if you are raising children and smoke around them.
I did. Does that make me a criminal in your mind?
My daughter is now married and on her own; but before she got married she earned her AS in Psychology at age 19, graduating Suma Cum Laude. She
didn't use the transcripts she earned during her High School junior/senior summer
when she was allowed to attend the Rural Health Scholars
Program at the University of Alabama... she liked the A she got in Creative Writing, but didn't like the B she got in Chemistry.
My son is finishing up his senior year in High School. He probably won't go to college for a while, since he will be a certified CNC Programmer and
Machinist upon graduation. He won his first and second year local competitions, won the state competition last year, and placed 5th in the nation this
past summer. He also holds a Short Term Certificate in Precision Machining. He's got one more year of contests to go, and is already getting requests
for job applications.
He does plan on returning for college after a couple of years... as an aerospace engineer.
I smoked around both of them since they were six months of age. We rode in the car together, and I smoked. I smoke in my house; I didn't buy it so I
could stand outside it in the rain and cold. Both are healthy and sound. Neither smokes, incidentally.
Yeah, I deserve prison time over that poor performance.
This is the most absurd part of your argument by far though. Obviously you have never had a DUI based off this statement, but something tells
me you really have though too. This statement alone is just way to classic for me. This one is a keeper!
Not really. DUI convictions carry a stiff sentence, yes, but it is over within a couple years. The treatment I get will last an entire lifetime.
Something tells me you really do know where I am coming from, but somehow have convinced yourself that your actions as a smoker are so heinous as to
deserve to be despised.
You're wrong. You are a human being with inherent rights and worth as much as anyone else. There's no reason to beat yourself up (and especially to
beat others up) over something you obviously enjoy but won't admit to enjoying. After all, if there was no enjoyment in those cigarettes, addiction
or no, you could find a way to quit. I simply admit to enjoying mine, as I believe I deserve a little happiness in my life. I have never tried to
quit; I know it will be extremely hard, probably extremely painful. But if I ever stop finding enjoyment from sucking in the vapors of the evil
burning tobacco leaf, I assure you I will find a way to stop.
And now I am going to step outside my home and have a smoke
Enjoy! I'm having one right now... in the comfort of my own home. And I don't feel guilty for it.
Neither should you.