Smoking and Attitudes
J. Hugh Sullivan (sullijh@NDLC.OCC.UKY.EDU)
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 07:42:14 -0500
It appears to me that smokers can be divided into three classes:
1. Those who smoked for long periods of time but had the will power and
intelligence to quit. When one has to remove a cigarette from his mouth
to tell his son not to smoke, something is wrong! When you are up to 3
packs per day, you can't see through the windshield of the car and it
takes a knife to clean the tar from ash trays, you better buy Windex
stock and keep your knife sharp or change habits. I found it cheaper to
change habits. Was it a problem? You bet it was - but nothing I couldn't
2. Smokers who consider the rights of others and exercise their habit so
those rights will not be infringed. Non-smokers should also recognize the
right (and unfortunately, need) of smokers to have a place to smoke.
3. Smokers who don't care if their second hand smoke harms you - they are
going to do it anyhow, anywhere and anytime. This describes me 20 years ago.
Those in 3. should not act so surprised when they are met with equally
hostile attitudes. One's degree of tolerance is greatly reduced when
they think someone is killing them.
1. Don't say things I didn't say. Putting words in my mouth is unsanitary.
2. Make sure you comprehend the subleties in this post. Rebut my
conclusions - not yours.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City