reply to post by lakesidepark
Well I guess I will jump in one more time to say this:
Don't want to be exposed to tobacco smoke - don't go to places where people smoke!
At the end of the day - not matter how rational the arguements of the zealots may seem and no matter how much bought and paid for "science" they
produce. Here is the end result"
1. The disease burden of no disease has decreased as a result of a now 50 year old anti-smoking campaign. In fact, our children have gotten sicker
and sicker with asthma and allergies, autism and ADD type disorders. In fact, our children are so medicated, they barely have the time to be children
2. People are living in fear of death and disease. We are the baby boomer generation. We were born to smoking mothers and living in smoking
households. We grew up and became smokers ourselves. To date - the baby boomers are the longest lived and healthiest generation the world has ever
known. This is not due to exposure to tobacco but rather to public health for their services in cleaning up the water supply with chlorine, treating
sewage instead of just discharging to sewers, vaccines and antibiotics. Our food supply is also cleaner, of higher quality and quantity. Despite
being born with a life expectancy of about 65-70 years, most of us will live to 75 - 85 years and more of us will live to see 100 than any previous
generation. And yet....we live in constant fear of death and disease!
3. Smokers are being dehumanized. We are called filthy, stinking, selfish, stupid. We are told we deserve to be financially raped. We are not fit
to socialize anywhere in public. We don't even deserve the dignity of shelter from the elements that the laws demand we must provide to dogs. Our
old people have frozen to death in the snow. We are being evicted from our homes. Denied equal custody of our children and the right to nurture
adopted and foster children. We are being denied necessary medical treatment. And should we become dependent on the state, in a hospital, mental
ward, prison or hospice, we are subjected to forced medical treatment in the form of smoking cessation.
4. The next step after dehumanization, the step that always follows after dehumanization ....is violence. We are now seeing laws being passed to ban
smoking in public and state parks. There is no intention on the part of the government to enforce these laws. Instead, citizens are being encouraged
to "confront" smokers.
There are commercials and posters that subtly encourage such violence (one showed a smokers punching himself in the face). I have seen smoke
portrayed as snakes and cockroaches in commercials and in posters.
Please understand - it is NOT smokers who are selfish. It is anti-smoking zealots! They are the ones who demand that ALL hospitality venues MUST be
non-smoking. And once they succeed, they then demand that ALL outdoor spaces MUST be non-smoking. These demands are not based on health. If the
public wanted hospitality venues to be non-smoking, then they would have stopped patronizing the hospitality venues. They would have voted with their
dollar. And the hospitality venues would have responded by making their venue non-smoking.
These changes were demanded only by the zealots.
However, I have studied my history. There is a 400 year history of anti-smoking zealotry. Smokers have been executed, imprisoned and had hot lead
poured down their throat. In the era of prohibition, it is little known but an anti-smoking zealot by the name of Lucille Gaston Page. She managed
to get tobacco sales banned in 17 states. She even ran for president based on her popularity. Ironically, she died of throat cancer, just like the
And within 10 years, the laws were all repealed! And smoking become more popular then ever!
Tired of Control Freaks