I hate smoking!

August 26, 2010 9:08am CST
Yes, I hate smoking. Smoking makes people smell, it makes their clothes smell and it makes their houses and cars smell but despite this people still smoke. Why? I'll tell you why, it's because we choose to, we choose to smoke in designated smoking areas, away from non smokers and we're considerate enough to not smoke around non smokers even in our own homes. People who keep banging on about hating smokers make me sick! I'd like to stop smoking but I can't, I've given up trying but I will not smoke around non smokers. Would these self righteous non smokers who drive just a few miles to work like to stop driving and cycle instead to help to reduce their pollution? I thought not.
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• United States
26 Aug 10
I can't help but to laugh. Your at least one who does not smoke around non smokers. I was walking last night and this stink stick smoker passes my daughter and I and blew out his smoke right in our faces. I was so quick to cover my face. I think smokers are nasty with the habit and the way they do things. I was at the train station a while back two stick stick smokers walked up to my bench and lit a freaking stink stick each. They blew it right in my direction. I had to get up and lose my seat just to get away from it. They are wrong as two left shoes and would be shocked had I told them about it. I wish there was no law stopping me from slapping one of them and going to prison. I would hold off and slap fire out of the next one who blew that mess towards me. If your going to kill yourself go right ahead. You have all the rights to do so.... But,to do it where kids are and others who are not smoking your wrong. My friend was here the other day. reaking of that mess. He had to go home and shower or he could ot stay in my home. I am glad you realize what smoking does to your home and your hair and body. And I am super glad you respect others who don't smoke. That makes you a nice person. I wish one day you could stop and free your pocket book of this high costing bad habit. Take care.
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26 Aug 10
Yes it's a high costing bad habit but if it was banned the revenue would have to come from somewhere...non smokers would have to help to make up for the loss by paying higher taxes. People here tend to obey the law and not light up amongst the public, definitely not at train or bus stations. I'd expect a severe telling off if I did that. There are several ways in which people live unhealthy lifestyles, one is eating junk food and becoming obese but people don't bang on about that, we ignore it because it's their right to eat what they want and it's a smokers right to smoke as long as we smoke within the law.
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@GardenGerty (128530)
• United States
26 Aug 10
People do nag on people who are overweight, and they do criticize food choices, and they do make fun of them. However the law has not made obesity illegal, yet. I have heard of waitresses bringing customers diet pop, when a regular is ordered, thinking it is funny and not realizing that artificial sweeteners can kill some people. We all need to be kinder.
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26 Aug 10
GardenGerty I agree, we should live and let live and only complain if someone's choice is spoiling our own quality of life. Smoking is not permitted in most areas nowadays so it's much easier for a non smoker to avoid second hand smoke.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
27 Aug 10
Thank you Autumn! I get tired of the rants about smokers also. I don't know what more they want. There is really almost no where that we can smoke as it is and still they gripe on about it. I would say that 99% of us are considerate and don't smoke around non-smokers. There was a time not long ago when we could smoke pretty much anywhere and that includes grocery stores and restraunts etc. They stopped all that and rightly so. I don't understand their complaints but it is insulting and it gets old.
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27 Aug 10
Hello Sid. You're one of just a few who actually gets the meaning of this discussion, a lot seem to have just read the title. People who complain about smokers smoking in designated areas should just get out of there, problem solved. If I don't want to smell curry I don't go in an Indian restaurant, if I don't want to get wet I don't go out in the rain so if they don't want to inhale smoke they should just use their common sense
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
28 Aug 10
I noticed that too. Here we have a discussion finally complaining about those who complain about smokers and it seemed like everyone was just jumping on here to complain about smokers more. And if they got their way to the point that everyone quit then they would be complaining about their taxes going up. We might be a minority but we are not beneath them and some of the rants and complaints are just plain disrespectful. And as you said....a little common sense would help ease some of their stress.
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28 Aug 10
I agree with your point about the taxes. They are too wrapped up in their own self righteous opinions to even think about that.
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
27 Aug 10
Well said! I don't smoke myself but I'm NEVER self-righteous about it, for the simple reason that both my parents and my husband smoke, they are considerate about it and all of them are giving their money away to the government. Yes, it is bad to smoke but - like you say, smokers choose to do so, it's up to them what they do with their own bodies. I can tell you know, if my Mum suddenly decided to give up she'd be murduring my Dad within a week!
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27 Aug 10
Hello Janey. Thanks I decided I was sick of hearing people complain when they were in a smoking area, it's like going out in the rain and moaning about being wet! Most smokers are considerate, just a small few give us a bad name. I can relate to your mum being like that, my sister gave up last week and her partner is treading on egg shells all the time
@Janey1966 (24168)
• Carlisle, England
28 Aug 10
Tell him to buy a crash helmet lol.
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28 Aug 10
A suit of armour might be needed too
@jennyze (7045)
• Indonesia
26 Aug 10
If the smokers in my country as considerate as you, then I would not hate smokers. They smoke everywhere: father smoke near his baby at home, cook smoke while preparing a meal, mother smoke in the living room where her children are playing, people smoke while waiting to be called in a waiting area of a hospital, amongst the sick people seeking medication!
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@jennyze (7045)
• Indonesia
27 Aug 10
Yes, too bad. Indonesia is one of the Asian countries which are famous for their hospitality, considerate and passionate people. I don't know when and where the consciences go. It is just ... too bad.
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@joshbr (35)
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
ya! we're the same. Smoking is really dangerous to our health.
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26 Aug 10
I know, it says so on the packets...
26 Aug 10
Hello Keshsk and welcome. I think I'll stop one day but not because someone tells me to. I think we'd probably stop more easily if people didn't keep pressuring us. I'm glad you managed to stop and you're enjoying the benefits
• India
27 Aug 10
even i hate smoking because it causes adverse effects to health. Smokers not only spoil their health, but also health of others surrounding them (passive smokers). Also they cause pollution. I dont know why smoking has become a fashion nowadays. We,the educated ones must understand its ill effects and try to stop this.
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28 Aug 10
Yes we all know smoking is bad but so is eating junk food yet people don't tell obese people to stop eating.
@sjhaeki (797)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
haha... there's a point to the last part. but i don't like people who smoke but i can't do anything with it if that's what they want right. maybe the reason some would whine about hating it because it could aggravate some illness...
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27 Aug 10
Hello Sjhaeki. People here have no right to complain when they're standing in a designated smoking area. If someone is smoking where they shouldn't be then yes, they have a right to complain.
@len1415 (195)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I do smoke, but at least I know when and where it can be done. I am disgusted with smokers who do it in public, so very inconsiderate of them! They should also think of the others who don't want to, not just because of the smell but also because they want to consider their health.
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@cheribam (448)
• United States
27 Aug 10
I hate smoking too and it makes me sick. My dad is a smoker and because of that, it's more difficult to control his asthma. So when I visited my mom and dad, I gave him the 3 step nicotine patches and it helped him a lot.
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28 Aug 10
Yes those patches seem to help a lot of people. I might try them when I choose to stop.
@buela74 (12)
• India
27 Aug 10
Yes I do agree with you. Smoking is injurious to health. Smoke spoil lungs and damages the respiratory system. It leads to many diseases like mouth cancer, throat cancer, etc. Smoke effects not only the person who smokes but also effect the people who stand near by.
1 Sep 10
In the same way as car fumes affect everyone when most journeys could easily be completed on foot or on a bicycle.
@lacieice (2064)
• United States
27 Aug 10
I am also a smoker, and I try to be considerate. Here is the US, laws have been passed about smoking in public places, and I go by these laws. However, if I am in a smoking area, and non-smokers are there and complaining, it really irritates me. On another note, some talked about lung disease. Granted, smoking is not good your your lungs, but neither is breathing in exhaust fumes, particulally in cities. Tons of people work with lung urritants, as I did for several yars, including the dust from latex backing on drapes, hair spray, fiberglass, and laquer. But I think the thing that irritates me the most is all the people who complain about the smell of smoke on a person, yet say nothing about those people who seem to take a bath in cologne and perfume. I realize some are allergic to smoke, but some are also allergic to perfume. Too much scent of any kind can make someone sick.
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@shaggin (55292)
• United States
27 Aug 10
You definitely have a good point there. Most of the people that I know that smoke dont care to try to stay away from non smoking people. They blow there smoke out as people are trying to walk buy. I hate it. I used to smoke to but I was considerate about it. I hate the smell of smoke. Its gross on peoples clothes its gross to walk by and smell it as someones breathing it out. Something about it being in someones lungs and then smelling in the air they breathed just makes me sick.
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28 Aug 10
Hello Shaggin...I like your name lol. Yes most people here do try to abide by the rules and we're usually all considerate. Those who aren't just give us all a bad reputation.
@BlueAngelRS (2899)
• Canada
26 Aug 10
I agree with that and I like you and a smoker myself but I seem to be more cautious of when I light up and will for sure not blow it in a non smokers face...I would love to quit as sometimes I've learned that smoking can cause more stress but when you are the smoker and stressed and light up it doesn't feel that way at the time....Happy Mylotting
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26 Aug 10
Hello BlueangelRS. I would never smoke near a non smoker or in a place where smoking is banned, even if there are no other people around. Smoking when stressed had to be more harmful than usual.
@sender621 (14933)
• United States
26 Aug 10
I totally agree with you! I have never been a smoker in my life. i just never saw anything interesting or exciting about it. I am sad when i see young children and teens picking up this habit. they just don't know what they are doing to their lives!
26 Aug 10
Hello Sender. Yes, smoking is bad for us but we choose to do it. We do it within the law and pay for it ourselves just like those who choose to live on junk food or drive everywhere, it's our choice.
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
26 Aug 10
I can understand both views, Autumn, since I use to smoke and it wasn't easy to quit..It took me many years and many times for it to finally kick in. But I still remember the days of smoking in places you wouldn't even consider today. (It was against the rules, but as a teenager, I thought rules were meant to be broken..) But as time went on and I grew up, I was careful of where I smoked and who I smoked around as I am sure you do too. And the main problem is smoke fills the air and so it travels where air goes, so it is almost impossible to avoid it. I tip for those who do smoke outside, try to make sure you are up wind from non-smokers. One thing that does bother me, (sometimes because I can't stand the smell and other times because "Hey, I want to smoke one"), is when I am downwind and the smoke goes right to my face.. Then I had a weird friend who when he quit, he would enjoy the smell, to the point he's put himself in the smoke to inhale, but I kind of wonder if that was wise because second-hand smoke is worse.. Anyways, I feel for you, because I hated it when I was put down for smoking and it seems today it is harder and harder to find a place to go and smoke..
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
26 Aug 10
Many people want others to sacrifice, not themselves. They'll never change their ways--look at Al Gore, lecturing us about the environment while he jets around the world and has homes whole power consumption in one money would run my city for a year. Or our beloved prez who tells us to tighten our belts and sacrifice, keep hoping while he takes a vacation every few weeks at our expense. And on and on.... I don't smoke in my house. I live alone but I refuse to subject my dogs to smoke. Beside, I'm thinking about the resale value if I should ever decide to move. It seems that more and more of our choices are being wrested away from us and we just sit here. In the old days if someone didn't want to be around smoke, they went somewhere that there wasn't any. Now they have to dictate the way everyone else lives their lives.
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26 Aug 10
Hello Dragon. Yes there are hypocrites everywhere, politicians here are some of the worst. They bang on about saving the environment and cutting spending while travelling in private jets (funded by the taxpayer) and owning two or three gas guzzling cars. No one wants to smoke, most of us start out of curiosity then we get hooked but we pay for our addiction ourselves and most of us are considerate enough to not smoke in front of non smokers. I just wish these patronising non smokers would get their facts right before repeatedly complaining about us, we are within the law after all.
• India
27 Aug 10
Wonder why people smoke, I hate smoking for all the reasons you have mentioned. If only had every smokers, like you, smoke in some designated area, I would not mind them. But not all do that, some just like to show not knowing we don't like the smoke and smokers.