Re: Where there's smoke, there's ire!
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 09:41:55 MST
I have a couple of things to say about smoking. I am a nonsmoker
who does not like to breathe anyone else's smoke. I do not mind
at all if anyone smokes when they are away from people who feel
as I do. I also do not want people smoking around the scouts.
To those who say smoking is a "habit" or a "lifestyle choice", I
must disagree. It is a drug addiction, pure and simple. It also
is a dirty habit that makes the smoker, literally, stink to high
heaven. It destroys the cilia that sweep bacteria, dirt particles
and mucous out of the smoker's lungs. It fills the smoker's
bloodstream with carbon monoxide and decreases the ability of the
lungs to process oxygen. It suppresses the senses of smell and
taste so the smoker is unable to fully experience several of life's
pleasures. Not to mention smoking is a proven cause of diseases
which kill thousands of people every year. It is beyond me why
anyone would choose such a "lifestyle", but as long as the smoker
does not inflict the bad effects on people who do not want them,
it is his/her choice.
TO the militant anti-smokers, I think you should lighten up a bit.
If you are willing to ban smokers from scouting, you should also ban
any leader who eats scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast, on the
grounds he is influencing scouts to choose a bad diet. In the long
run, that can cause effects just as bad as smoking.
Can we all try to remember to be civil?
SM Troop 70
WL Pack 179
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City