Dont Understand...

i dont understand why people who smoke are treated differently than other people. its true that, at least in america, we are the minority (there are much more non-smokers than smokers) but that does not excuse this behavior, just like it does not excuse discrimination against any minority group. it is wrong that we have to smoke outside even when it is unbearably hot or cold. i believe that since this is still somewhat of a free country, people should be able to smoke indoors in public places.
assyrianpride assyrianpride
18-21, M
6 Responses Jan 17, 2013

Hi, I've just come to accept I have to smoke outside, it does not bother me and I'm used to it after all these years. Why make others uncomfortable, whether perceived or real, with our habit? I really think, of course a lot of the dangers, associated with smoking here are vastly overstated, but that's the way it is. Even in my own house I seldom smoke freely and discourage others from doing so. I'm proud that you can walk into my home and not tell a fairly heavy smoker lives here. But, because I do enjoy smoking cigarettes,and am hopelessly addicted, I did do have a specially ventilated room in the basement for meeting my needs during periods of bad weather. It is supposed to be a wine cellar...I call it the "comfort" room.

1) The establishment that you're out determines the rule for smoking. So it's not the government.

2) Yes, I think it's fair that you have to smoke outside. If you want to kill yourself, that's fine. Don't kill me too.

Now, I can't say that you should smoke outside if we're at a smoker's lounge. I shouldn't be there.

3) You're not being discriminated against. It's YOUR health versus other people's health. And since one is not greater than 2 or more, than you must give up a small freedom for the benefit of others.

You could just NOT smoke. Or got to a smoker's lounge. Since you CHOOSE to smoke, there are consequences. You know them, I'm sure.

4) Why should you be allowed to smoke indoors around children? They're still developing and I think ANY parent/brother/sister (really anyone) that smokes around a developing child should be charged with neglect and abuse.

Again, kill yourself, not others. (Of course, I'd rather NO ONE smoke....but it's not going to happen).

5) I'm being polite. Don't think I'm being harsh...lol. =]

Edit: I think I must explain number 3 further. Establishments must make tough decisions according to their clientele. So if they serve more non-smokers, it makes sense to have their place be non-smoking. They COULD put a smoking section in if they have enough money to do so.

No one's judging you guys for smoking: Do it! BUT....you should think about others before thinking of yourself.

ok i don't mind smoking outside, since smoking inside would just make me feel like i couldnt breath and would be just too stuffy...The problem i have is when im outside smoking and i am always aware of non-smokers,children and whoever if they pass me i never blow the smoke in there direction or i move away...but i always have people start coughing exaggeratedly giving me the evils and waving there hand around because of the smoke...wtf? im always away from them and blowing in another direction...well people who do that just **** me off lol

"The Affordable Care Act ... allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums."

AND

"Smoking prevalence [is] higher among adults living below the poverty level (32.3 percent) than those living at or above the poverty level (23.5 percent)."

So really, this is not a fantastic thing for those people most in need of government aid, those living below the poverty level ... the same demographic most likely to smoke. Furthermore, this does not end with smoking cigarettes; it extends to all tobacco use. Spread out to include all forms of tobacco, I think the demographics are 3 in 5 at or below poverty level vs. 1 in 5 above it.

U got me totally confused there lol.

I don't smoke cigarettes, but I do smoke hookah. I know they are completely different though lol. One thing I can say is that all places in Texas are different. Different cities/counties have different smoking ordinances. BUT I believe that it should be up to the owner of the establishment whether or not they allow smoking. Even though people say they have the right to smoke, the owner has the right to their own business. If I don't smoke I am not going to come to your house and tell you that you can't smoke in it because it is my right to happiness and my health, just the same you aren't going to come to my house and start smoking inside and tell me that even though it is my house you have a right to be happy and smoke. Even though businesses are public places they are still privately owned and should be treated as a private establishment. They pay the rent and upkeep of their business therefore they should be able to decide how they want to run it to be productive by allowing or prohibiting smoking. Bars obviously will make more money allowing smokers, while other places such as health stores or pharmacies would lose money by allowing smokers to smoke indoors. (Sorry for rambling haha)

I agree, but it doesn't really bother me, because I've always smoked outside. Although I didn't know that smokers were a minority. I only know one person who doesn't smoke, and that's only because she quit, lol!

Ya it's like 21% or something like that