posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 11:38 AM
The tax was first levied to pay off the fines against the big tobacco companies; those have been long since paid off. The thing is, once we allow
government to step in, they bring in all the red tape and statutes around whatever it may be...and once those are in place, and they are gaining a
profit stream for it...good luck removing it because like the spiderman, they are always hungry. Sorry had to throw a Cure reference in there it just
I smoked about two packs a day for 18 years, then just quit cold turkey one day for some unknown reason the craving up and vanished. I just wasn't
interested in having one. There wasn't any anxiety or panic either that typically was present if I wasn't on schedule for one as usual either,
before this the very first thing in the morning, a smoke was in my mouth and irritation would occur if I couldn't have it in peace, like a meditation
and the rest of my day would feel off.
I coughed up a lot of crap in the first few days, my taste improved, my lung capacity and breathing have gotten better, unfortunately there's a lot
of unpleasant smells from quitting, smoking pretty much killed the ability to smell anything unless it was really strong, so I really miss not being
able to smell a lot but that's about it.
My girlfriend smokes and it doesn't bother me at all, I actually like the smell of tobacco smoke though it's like a different form of incense...but
it's not perfumed dried poop on a stick, like incense is.
I learned this a long time ago, but I think it important to mention it here. Most people only see one side of the coin on something and it's
typically just the side they agree with. This is usually, because they have no actual experience of the other side, just notions and idea's they have
adopted from somewhere for their belief against whatever the other thing is. Growing up with smokers or seeing a relative die from smoking is NOT
smoking experience, it is still just a non smokers experience around smokers.
I don't suggest stepping in their shoes and pick up a pack, but instead relate smoking or whatever it is you have a disdain for to something you
enjoy. Now bearing that something you really personally enjoy in mind, picture the government and groups raising taxes on it and fighting to take this
thing you enjoy away, and making you out to be some outcast of low social standing in society for what you enjoy. Does the thought of that make you
happy? nervous? upset? angry? all of the above?
The fact is this has been happening with other things besides smoking. Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is out the window and not coming
back, the frame work for these things to be taken away has been lain. The precedence has been set, to allow courts to uphold bans as legal. It will
take people to see the two sides of the coin and learn tolerance and respect for others; just trying to pursue their idea of happiness in this short
life, just like you are. These people are not your enemy; they are you, and your neighbors, your sister, your brother, your family.
When things are tough all over because of decisions the government decides on it's own, or from back door deals with lobbyists or party pressure...it
isn't time to be hard on your fellow citizens in the same boat, that is in fact the time to be soft to them, to help ease the burden instead of add
to it. Otherwise the tension just grows and builds until it snaps. Sadly, that's what we have been seeing people snapping and lashing out at those
not responsible for this mess. Use the system to change the system while you still can, I don't think it is too late.
Even though I smoke no longer, anyone can smoke where ever they want around me. Because I see it as a small flag of freedom waving that represents
what America was and meant to be....free.