8 Mar 07
I'm a non smoker and I hate people who smoke. Not that they are not my friends but I hate the act. I have a lot of friends who smoke even my parents smoke but I have no plans of immitating them. There dumb and I'm not.. When you are a teenager smoking is just a form of belonging or making people think that you're an adult already. You pretend to be cool even if you're not. It's just a form of getting attention. Smoking doesn't do good to anyone!
8 Mar 07
i think we all have rights- smokers or non smokers.i do smoke a lot i admit and it is my right no one aside from me should tell me to stop or else i'll get real mad.and good thing people around me understands that. and since i dont want anybody challenging my rights, i dont challenge theirs too. i mean as reports show, second hand smoke is more dangerous than first hand so i smoke in smoking areas where no one could get irritated or harmed(well other smokers maybe affected).i also dont smoke in crowded places.basically its just being fair with each others rights...
6 Mar 07
I'm inbetween. I smoke sometimes (not very often though) and I believe that restrictions are necessary in restaurants and concert venues. I however don't really mind smoke in a bar or club, but I've always hated someone puffing away next to me in a restaurant, it always seemed so rude and especially strange as smoke kills your tastebuds.
6 Mar 07
I am a non smoker. However I still believe that everyone has their right whether or not they would want to smoke or not. Restrictions however are necessary. Not all people can take the smoke in the first place. There's a possibility that once you smoke some people might be irritated and that they may not like the smell or even they are allergic to smoke.
• United States
2 Mar 07
Yes I have rights and yes it makes me angry. To think that something that was once considered good for you and touted as healthy by both the government and the medical profession to then be used as a way to discriminate against people is in my opinion both wrong and immoral. To hear people claim that second hand smoke causes every malady known to man is maddening. When I was working I was forced to stand outside in all kinds of weather in order for the none smokers to have fresh air. I could never understand this. If they wanted fresh air, why didn't they go stand outside, because that is where the fresh air could be found. I know, because I was in it. Now that I can no longer work and am housebound, my smoking is one of the few things left that I can enjoy. Since my wife doesn't seem to mind it, I will tolerate no one trying to tell me how to live the rest of my life. The whole smoking issue is overrated and over hyped. It just gives a bunch of self righteous overzealous anti smoking Nazis something to do so they can claim they care about something. If they get too close to me, it gives me an excuse to bend their beak and claim it was an involuntary muscle spasm brought on by nerve damage.
16 Mar 07
Interesting. I'm a smoker although I've never felt belittled for doing what I do. Majority of the time I agree by the rules and they're implemented for a very logical and rational reason. Although, I am a smoker myself I do agree that everyone should try to quit. There are no health or environmental benefits to smoking.
12 Mar 07
I am a non smoker. I think non smokers have rights. Passive smoking is considered as dangerous as active smoking now a days. Thats because the chemicals are burned out and cause even more harm to the lungs. So as a non-smoker, i have the right not to be exposed to second hand smoke. And the only way that can be achieved is by banning smoking altogether.