frankly, smoking is such a disgusting habit that I am viscerally unable to comprehend why anyone would do it.
Funny, I feel the same way about energy drinks. And fast food. And a good many other things that seem to fly under the radar when people start wanting to wave the "unhealthy" flag.
Sure, tobacco use is bad for you. I challenge anyone to find a smoker or chewer who doesn't know this in today's world. But let's face it; so is just about everything else that tastes good, feels nice or gives any sort of joy. You can get cancer from the sun...want to outlaw going outside?
Smoking bans (and the general antipathy towards tobacco use in general) has less to do with the health concerns and more to do with the phenomenon of displacement. People have this tendency to target groups to which they do not belong regarding problems that affect everyone. Blaming "them damn smokers/drinkers/sex positive-ers is much easier when you don't do the thing...which is why you see taxes, bans and limitations on things like cigarettes and booze (which are admittedly unhealthy but not things everyone uses) but very little attempt to curb the rapacity of fast food (which is also
unhealthy, but something everyone
Oh wait, there's a supposed "flaw" in that argument. "Smoking affects others" you say, "But my eating junk food every day doesn't hurt anyone but me." Bullshit, complete and utter. Society pays for the mistakes of its members every time and all the time. Your bad eating habits? Reflected in my health insurance premiums. See how easy that was?
The cost is always considered "worth it" when it's carved off an ass that doesn't belong to you.
Remember that the next time you think about advocating the ban of anything you don't indulge in.
Now, I think its great if a restaurant or bar wants to be smoke-free; those who don't indulge in tobacco probably don't want to smell it. But those of us who do (and the people who want to cater to us) feel differently...and hey guess what, we pay taxes too. *
And like-minded people have the right to peaceably assemble, last time I checked.
Smoke-friendly establishments should have the right to exist. Don't like smoke? don't go into one, or work in one.
edited 15th Aug '12 10:18:01 PM by drunkscriblerian