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Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

I was considering, once the Loose Canons storyline wraps up for Stress Puppy, rerunning the Keeping Up With The Jones storyline, about the anti-smoking crusades.

Well, it just got a violent shove to the front of the que.

Keep in mind, I don't smoke.  I can't stand it.  But if others do, I let them.  First of all, it's an adult freedom.  If I don't like cigarette smoke, I don't go where the smokers are or I put up with it.  No point in everybody bending to my will.  Second of all, this is a waste of time.  As Raff points out in the KUWTJ storyline, EVERYBODY knows smoking is bad for them.  My personal opinion is that the anti-smoking campaigns have nothing to do with saving lives but instead being a perfect way to push people around.  After all, no one can deny that smoking is harmful, and lots of smokers want to quit.  It's a perfect target that is incapable of fighting back.

Now, they are trying to step things up.  There is a new anti-smoking campaign that will feature things like autopsied bodies and stuff to drive home the point that smoking is bad.  Once again, everyone already knows this.  They do it anyway.  Upping things like this makes it seem morbid.

As has been pointed out, good health is simply the slowest possible rate you can die.  Everyone has their vices that will kill them.  I love fatty foods.  I'll be targeted next.  Or maybe people who spend the weekends watching football and getting wasted.  I don't mean drunk drivers, I mean people who just stay home, pound the brewskis, drive the technicolor bus, and call it a weekend.  They aren't hurting anyone but themselves.  Where does this, "We're trying to save your life here!" end?

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mornblade
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
What the smokers need is to get together a large group of smokers who just happen to be bikers. THEY can fight back whether they have any science backing them or not.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for a PETA member to throw paint on a Hell's Angel while yelling "Leather is murder!"

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