OK, I'm going to ignore all the other issues and stick with the smoke that sticks with you:
First off, smoking is a luxury only. It started being inhaled in small doses as it's own recreation and was put aside until you got to a safe time and place. It's only other good effects are the warming of the lungs and (in the leaf form) fragrance. The calming effects are linked to it's addictive dialation of blood vessels. If you (general) don't smoke in the first place you don't get much of a calming effect.
The tobacco industry grew itself bigger by deception and covering up it's own bad news. They had all the data showing that smoking was poison. I'm not against the poison as much as I'm against the lies.
Unlike Coke-a-cola, they couldn't just change the formula and move on when the addictive and damaging properties were found. (Coke started with cocaine in it before caffeine.) But unlike anyone else they conspired to make their product more addictive and ignored the health risk smoking caused.
As a big money maker in America, Big Tobacco got its way with our lives until the word got out. Then they got off easy. Cancer isn't "just death" it's a painful slow death, even when it's fast. They willingly put people through this, and still do. I wouldn't want to put anyone through it, let alone go through it. And I admit it's not a sure thing.
Smoking for the smoker is an indulgence, pure and simple. Smoking for those around it is an infliction of risk. Some smokers take that as an added thrill and most don't. But you don't notice the ones that don't. Knowing about the risk changes everything.
If we didn't have tobacco lobyists putting their illgotten money into coffers then we could do a more european job of taking the hazzard away. What we need to do is only provide smokes to those already smoking. (sold, given, whatever) State run shops could keep tabs on who's on it and not let anyone else start.
Sure! You've chosen to get hooked on a drug. Knowing what we know now, your children shouldn't have that choice available, nor peddled to them under the table. It can't be stopped cold as things are today. We've got to stop thinking of it as an isolated choice. It isn't.
However the isolation of smokers isn't fair either. Smoking areas should be indoors with lights on and the heat/AC on. This get out attitude is only to make smoking even less appealing to those that may take it up. They see right through it.
can do about it is not smoke myself. Lead by example and all that.
Edited by Heropa, 18 July 2006 - 02:19 PM.
Here for something- there you go.
If you can't say anything nice, be accurate.