Can smokers “live” in peace please…


So this post if read, would probably elicit a lot of negative comments and these comments would just prove the point I am making…

Sure we became smokers by choice (thats debatable though… can always blame the advertising… the eternal scapegoat for all evil addictions… in my case it was the whole package of  ‘denim crumple pack’ of Charms) but then as it happens with all addictions, it takes over and the usual withdrawal symptoms of irritation and ……

But the point is.. will alienation and making a whole lotta places “no smoking” help? The sneers and the upturned noses and smoking chambers…

We all know smoking is supposedly bad and we should give it up… but then there are a host of things that we should give up on (most western countries after decades of abusing the environment point fingers at Asia and Africa to say that these continents should cut down on all the luxuries that the west enjoyed for so long)

And if the smoking is so bad and governments all over want people to stop smoking… how about shutting down all companies that manufacture the nicotine sticks? Put a complete stop once and for all. But can they? More importantly… will they? And then they should stop all the automobile manufacturing too where the fuel is petroleum product… and stop everything that creates ‘health hazard’. I would love to know how much do these product manufacturers contribute to the government revenue by way of taxes…

I am not propogating that smoking is good… nor am I saying that measures should not be taken to help people get rid of the habit. The evolution of smoking was a direct result of a certain freedom given to individuals in a society and was perpetuated by “Marlboro Man” and “you have come a long way baby” and many other catch phrases and imagery which the youth identified with as a sign of rebellion in some cases and ‘need to belong’ in many others and once the fashion becomes a habit, it sure is difficult to give up…

I believe in a right to choose… I can choose to smoke or not smoke… I can choose to enter an establishment which allows smoking or I can find another outlet. In India, we have “pure vegetarian” restaurants and then there are restaurants which serve everything… take your pick… Why ban smoking everywhere!

Create and regulate the measures that every public establishment should follow. Measures that ensure that non smokers dont have to inhale second hand smoke… and no it does not mean putting smokers in fish bowls or being forced to smoke behind the kitchen in an alley…

Trust me… a beer just doesnt taste good enough anymore in a pub and while smoking has not gone down… going to pubs and having a good time (not getting drunk but soaking in the atmosphere) has sure gone down..

I would love to give up on smoking and would ensure that my kids dont pick up the habit… But then… I WANT TO GIVE UP ON MY OWN… dont want government to force it down my throat (it’s actually worse than the smoke going down my throat!).  And if the government is serious, let them shut down shops for all manufacturers (you cannot have your cake and eat it too)

And to all non smokers and the ones who have given up smoking… you have a choice too but do not shove it down our throat… As responsible smokers (and yes there is a growing breed of such smokers) we also dont want you to consumesecond hand smoke… so how about being responsbile and respecting us too… If the smell of smoke is bad… so is body odor and bad perfumes… If you want the freedom to live without smoke… we also want freedom to smoke till we are able to give up or (till as most social advertising created to win awards says…) we die… You want to enjoy a good time… so do we…

Travelling from Mumbai to New York and not being able to smoke for close to 24 hours aint funny…

There is always a way…

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