Alright it’s no secret that smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products is highly frowned upon, nor do i disagree with the movement. As a smoker myself, i agree that it is a terrible habit, a weak form of dependency and clearly a bad example to others. I can still remember being in health class in elementary school learnin the dangers of smoking and goin home to my parents lightin up butts as a bi-hourly ritual. Thing is, when i say that, some people will picture my upbringing in some sort of a broken home, when thats not the case at all, it’s simply the connotation of cigarette smokers that exists today. See, smokin ciggs is clearly not a good habit to get in to, and the new laws in our beloved state of MA really aim to get that point across. Sure it’s wikipedia, and therefore maybe not the most critically acclaimed source, but if your from MA you’ll realize that at least that portion of the entry is true due to your memory of what happened. And for the most part, i agree with those laws; shit smoking cigarettes inside makes the place smell awful, who wants that. Not to mention if you dont smoke it must be twice as annoying. My problem isn’t that, because anyone born in at least 1992 knows when u used to get to the restaurant they’d ask your parents “smokin or non smoking?” (actually a terrible example of what i’m getting into, but at the very least still a flashback) and i hated the smell just as much as alot of people do now. But what i feel is a problem, is that now if you choose to smoke, even outside, in most places, you’re frowned upon. It’s no secret that this country was partially originally funded by the tobacco export, even CNN’s website will still come clean about that
The first successful commercial crop was cultivated in Virginia in 1612 by Englishman John Rolfe. Within seven years, it was the colony’s largest export. Over the next two centuries, the growth of tobacco as a cash crop fueled the demand in North America for slave labor.
Easy thing to say is well kid, all that says is that it fueled the slave labor, but the fact is, is that back then if they had automotive factories for example, slaves would have been workin in there. That takes nothing away from how f***ed up slavery was, it merely states that slavery was the easiest way to keep the ‘would-be’ United States’ most lucrative business even more lucrative, as they didn’t have to pay slaves. The point is it was mostly what we were founded upon. Yes, years later we found out that tobacco was terrible for peoples’ lungs and well being in general. And yes it seems that you would have to be stupid to start smoking nowadays; but i don’t think that smokers should be treated like they are. I can’t tell you how many times i have been minding my own business, smoking a cigarette in a disclosed area with nobody around, only to be harassed by a campus security officer telling me to walk a half a mile to the sidewalk before i was “allowed” to finish my cigarette. Now not smoking inside: 100% understandable. Not smoking outside with people around that want no part in it: shit i’ll give it to you. But if someone is just trying to smoke a cigarette alone in peace with nobody at all around (besides the person telling them they shouldn’t) then i really don’t see the problem. The thing is, almost all smoking bans rely on passer-byers to “peer pressure” the people who do smoke to stop doing so as stated by Ohio State, and mimicked by Westfield State, which I attend.
The new smoking ban at Ohio State University will rely on peer pressure, not punishment, to stop smokers from lighting up on campus.
Students will return from winter break on Monday under a new policy that forbids any tobacco use on university property. But rather than penalize violators, the new rules rely on passers-by to remind smokers politely of the ban.
That’s an admirable cause.Only flaw i’ve come across is the people “politely reminding” me not to smoke, were kind of assholes about it. R.A.’s and such, there’s nothing polite about the way they told me not to do so. Look I was fully aware that there was no true penalty for smoking on campus, but the real penalty is that these people will not shut the f*** up if you try to ignore them (ignoring somebody giving you a problem USED to be called being the bigger person, but i supposed that’s not all that has changed) they are not content until you put your cigarette out, which obviously i do because,unlike them, I don’t want any trouble. In short, this “law” of banning tobacco on campuses is unethical for 2 reasons. 1: it creates vigilantes, due to the fact that it relies on peers to “peer pressure” people into stopping smoking (thought peer pressure was frowned upon?). 2. Under that same philosophy, does that mean that a campus could legalize marijuana if it felt justified in doing so? Because banning something legal, and legitimizing something illegal aren’t so different, are they?
Hashtag:sorry I’m choosing to do this to myself does it really affect you tho?
Hashtag:Mind your own business because I don’t involve myself in yours