Anyone reading the current storyline in my Stress Puppy comic strip already knows how I feel about the anti-smoking crusade. For those who don't, and based on the web hits, I'd say that's a safe guess, here's my stance -- the anti-smoking campaign is either a bunch of condescending assholery (is there ANYONE in America that doesn't know smoking is bad?) or an attempt to push people around with something that can't be swatted aside as a philosophical difference of opinion. They have SCIENCE on their side! It's more about the people feeling empowered by preaching their anti-smoking gospel than rational thought. Consider that Chicago banned smoking in bars before the statewide ban took effect. Yeah. That's real intelligent. No one ever gets hurt or killed after drinking too much in a bar, and morgues are filling up with people who smoked too much in a bar. If you really want some absurdity, Amsterdam (a.k.a. The Happiest Place On Earth) just enacted a smoking ban. The Red Light District and all those "coffee shops" where you can openly buy and smoke marijuana? Not only are those okay, but because people there will smoke a mixture of half tobacco and half weed, the city will have inspectors making sure there is no tobacco mixed in there. It almost serves as an argument against Intelligent Design -- you'd think God would have done a better job on our brains.
And now, the latest salvo of stupidity from this ship of fools. The American Medical Association Alliance is protesting cigarettes in the new movie "He's Just Not That Into You." It's basically a big budget Lifetime movie, with supposedly modern women being defined as empty without a man in their lives. Nope, that's not the problem, it's that there are several on camera instances of Natural American Spirit Lights. Supposedly, they are easily identifable by their bright yellow box (not to me, I thought it was a prop made up for the movie just to avoid paying for product placement).
This despite the fact that Jennifer Connelly's character leaves her husband, not because he cheated on her, but because he lied about quitting smoking. Admittedly, given a choice between Jennifer Connelly and cigarettes, I'll toss the cigarettes without a second thought. Although, when your husband is Sack from Wedding Crashers, you should be worried about more than just him getting cancer.
Not only does a guy lose Jennifer Connelly because of smoking, but AT NO TIME IN THE MOVIE IS ANYONE DEPICT
And don't forget, kids...smoking cigarettes doesn't make you cool. Cigars. THEY make you cool.