Sunday, September 10, 2006
I will hate it.
I have always hated cigarettes. Ever since I watched my grandmother smoke, and saw what it did to her, her voice, her health...everything...I have hated them. Even as a small child, when "everyone" smoked, I loathed smoking and all that went with it. I used to try to surreptitiously blow a stream of air onto cigarettes left in ash trays around the house so that when the adult in question returned, the cigarette would have "mysteriously" burnt itself out.
Now, after decades of anti-smoking legislation and anti-smoking efforts, the tobacco companies are STILL putting MORE nicotine in cigarettes and this is LEGAL!!!! Cigarettes are now MORE addictive than they were in 1998. One would think that these law suits would have taught the cigarette companies not to do things that deliberately continue to harm the health of people, but, they have to continue to sell cigarettes to their customers who are still alive.
Unfortunately, one of those customers happens to be my husband. Knowing that, after years of not smoking, he now smokes cigarettes with 10% more nicotine in them than before, makes me only hate tobacco companies with more venom.
I know there has been a lot of backlash against the anti-smoking campaigns in recent years. People say there is "anti-smoking hate and intolerance." Well, when a company makes its money selling a product which, when used according to directions, is addictive and fatal, I will hate it. I won't tolerate it.
The only way anyone has a "right" to smoke, in my opinion, is if they live alone, and have no one who will miss them when they die of a smoking related illness. If that is you, then, by all means, enjoy yourself.