I've tried to quit before, merely because of the ridiculous tax hikes they've been giving smokes.(No product that also has applicable sales tax should have over 40 percent of the pre-sales cost be in taxes.. That's straight bullshit.)
Then I just realized that I can buy them tax free at the Base Exchange at the nearby Navy base, which eases the wallet-pains a good bit.
I smoke because I enjoy it, and because it gives me time to think about things. I do all my deep thinking while I'm smoking on my porch while reading a book and drinking something or another. It's just sort of a part of my ritual for relaxation, as well as being a quick shot of that ritual throughout my actual day.
As far as health ramifications or anything of that nature, I'm completely informed, since my mother is a nurse and thus there isn't really anything out there I haven't seen or heard from her on the issue, thus she just accepts it as something I do.
Here's how I look at a lot of these anti-smoking measures.. You're in a movie theater, and some people are being rude and kicking the chair in front of them or hogging the arm-rests bigtime(smokers who aren't courteous) and the people next to them(non-smokers) are being obnoxious back in an effort to make them leave, which isn't necessarily bad, because they are being obnoxious.
But when those same people sit down next to me, when half the theater is empty, and I'm minding my own business and not kicking any seats or hogging any armrests, and start to try and push me forcibly out of my comfy chair, it only makes sense to get pissed off and push back. Smoking is my comfy chair, and regardless of what other people do or don't do, I get really pissed off when people try to either push me out of that chair(intrusive government regulation) or try to make the movie tickets so expensive that I just stop watching movies in theatres altogether(massive tax hikes on smokes)
Fuck off and let me have my nice little isolated chair in the corner of the theatre, and stop trying to essentially give me the options of either my chair or my wallet. "We'll just make cigarettes so expensive that you can't afford them! Hahaha!" is not
a sound tactic against a subset of people who already think you're an asshole for trying to tell them how to live, but on top of that it's a really big mistake to try and use the purse strings to negotiate with people addicted to a substance that makes heroine look like childs play. Even in the cusp of unemployment I was still smoking, I went down to one meal a day before I dropped smokes, and it was my fucking decision to do so, and I don't want anybody trying to tell me how to live when it isn't effecting others.
Honestly, I think a good portion of what makes me not try to quit again is just an act of spite towards all the people who want to use intrusive legislation to bully smokers into quitting instead of making the choice themselves. Fuck those people, they can all die in a fire.
edited 18th Aug '12 10:26:22 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.