Sunday, March 16, 2014

More on Bullies, Skinny White Ones

I just saw a "Public Service Announcement" called "Cigarettes are Bullies." What kind of bullshit is that?

First of all, I hate the way the world is devaluing the word "bully." Bullies are about terror, not annoyance. Having to pause the movie to go outside to smoke is not terrifying.

Second of all, the theory is bullshit. The only thing that makes smoking annoying is the bulllshit rules people have made. First you make rules that say "No Smoking Indoors," then you say its inconvenient that you have to go outside. First you raise taxes to make them cost a fortune, then you say you have to "fork it over." Then you use the taxes to make the deceptive commercial!

Look, I don't smoke and I don't think people should smoke, but I think people should be free to do what they want, ESPECIALLY when it's perfectly legal! If you have to do a PSA, just stick with the facts, not hyperbole.

Smoking is bad for you and may cause you to get some bad diseases. And it's addictive so it may be difficult for you to quit once you've started. That's about it. There are worse things for you, and if you enjoy smoking and think it's worth the risk, knock yourself out.

Please save the bullshit. You supposedly can't buy cigarettes unless you are an adult, why not treat smokers like adults?


Unknown said...

I like your blog, but I don't happen to agree with this particular one (and I'm sure you're comfortable with that).

According to the CDC, a neutral govt. agency, 2.4 million nonsmokers have died from second hand smoke since 1964. People should go outside if they want to smoke because there's less of a chance they are killing/making ill those around them.

I don't think that's too much to ask or too harsh of a govt. policy.


Tino said...

When some one asks me "mind if I smoke"? I reply "mind if I fart"?