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By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Smokers Are People Too

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     Recently, I was sitting in a public area enjoying a cigarette, when a young man walked by, coughed, and shot a crude look my way, making no effort to hide the contempt in his eyes. How dare I smoke a cigarette in this designated smoking area that he had to walk by! How dare I restrict my disgusting habit to the few zones that were created for that one specific purpose! 

     As smokers, we pretty much all unanimously understand that when we burn tobacco, it does produce a distinct odor. We also understand that not everyone particularly enjoys that smell. That’s why we (considerate) smokers try our best to stick to the areas that are understood areas for smoking in. All we ask in return is a little empathy from you non-smokers. Very few people smoke cigarettes just to smoke cigarettes. Sure, people who have been smokers for a while mainly smoke due to addiction, but they had to start for some reason. Whether it be stress relief, the satisfying taste that tobacco can offer, or just something to fill free time, all smokers had an initial reason for picking up the habit. I’m by no means an Ayn Rand fan, but one quote about cigarettes from Atlas Shrugged has always stood out to me: “When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind– and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one true expression.” Cigarettes can simply be something for one to sit and think behind. 

     So for all you non-smokers out there, think twice before you judge, because our cigarettes may replace your morning coffee or that unhealthy craving for McDonald’s. After a while, it gets kinda hard to chug through a day without that vice that we all have. So let smokers enjoy theirs in peace.

 

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Written by bloggingmom67

December 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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