Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hey Smokers, I Have Your Compromise Right Here

How about this:

You are prohibited from smoking in public places where I might come into contact with your smoke and in return I agree to continue to pay higher insurance premiums and taxes to cover the cancers, heart disease and other ailments your habit brings to society.    Fair?


Anonymous said...

If all that poison is good enough for a smoker's unborn child, their babies, and precious children, just what makes you believe that that smokers would ever compromise over concern for your wellbeing?

We're talking about drug addicts who knowingly make their own children sick, encourage their own children to smoke by their own behavior, and lead their own offspring to an early grave.

The killing of their own offspring in order to obtain their "fix" is pathetically the greatest indicator of the level of enslavement that smokers find themselves in to nicotine.

They'll never compromise, because they are slaves to their master (nicotine), a master who will make them feel pain if they don't pay homage at least every fifteen minutes during their waking hours for their entire drug addicted lives.

And let's not forget this scenario: Two parents who shell out $3.75/pack @ two packs a day for the household works out to two hundred and fifty dollars a month.

If these parents invested two hundred and fifty dollars a month for eighteen years that works out to fifty four thousand dollars **Without earning a penny in interest**

No Dave, these drug addicts will be the same one's who shrug their shoulders when their children come to them, and ask them to help them meet college cost.


Anonymous said...

I'm not so certain that's entirely fair. I'm a non-smoker, but this proscription of a perfectly legal (if unhealthy, foolish, and somewhat disgusting) habit strikes me as the thin edge of a wedge. Next, we'll be effectively prohibiting beverage alcohol by making it very difficult to get any; I suspect that, as you are the author of "Friday Beer Blogging", you very possibly share this particular vice with me. Rich Daley, with his usual blend of ham-fistedness and barely comprehensible moralizing, is already making it harder than hell to get or keep a liquor license in Chicago (except, of course, for those who pay up).

Further, it strikes me as hypocritical in the extreme units of local government like Chicago which slaps a hefty local tax on sales of tobacco, should thereafter ban its use in places where it has traditionally been used.