I admit it. I smoked for over 30 years. I enjoyed it. I knew it wasn’t good for me, but I did it anyway. I had no idea how bad they smelled, having been around it my whole life. I finally quit. How? I don’t really know why that time worked and the others didn’t.
But even after quitting, I found myself irritated by the anti-smoking crowd. I had no problem with a business that doesn’t allow smoking in it. I had no problem with people who didn’t want smoke in their homes. What I do have a problem with is people who take that choice away from me and others via the law. I also have a problem with “sin” taxes.
Before I quit there were places I didn’t eat because I couldn’t have a cigarette after dinner. After I quit, there were places that I didn’t eat because they did allow smoking. It never crossed my mind to be upset with either. The businesses made their choices and I made mine. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Now my irritation has grown to anger. Why? Because I chose to try e-cigarettes. I put on a lot of weight when I quit and now I’m taking it off. They have no smell. They’re not loaded with the carcinogens that were in regular cigarettes (and a lot of those were actually caused by government mandate, but that’s a whole different story). But they look like cigarettes and people are upset about it and are calling (and in many places already succeeding) to lump them with regular cigarettes in all the places that those are now banned.
It’s exactly the same mentality as the anti-gunners. I’m sure that at some time in the past someone might have been murdered with a bayonet on a gun instead of being shot, but having a bayonet lug for mounting for one is hardly a real-world risk factor. Why then does having one turn a gun into a so-called “assault weapon”? Because it looks scary to some people and, as we should all know by now, feeling bad matters as much, if not more, than any facts. Fantasy is more important than reality. Ban first, question later.
What’s next? The color chartreuse? It sure looks bad to me.