QUOTE(Artemise @ Apr 2 2006, 02:18 AM)
Tobacco use has a long history, ritual and spiritual as well as basic addiction.
Its much akin to use of alcohol, marijuana and other adictive substances.
You are comparing the peace pipe to some schmuck sucking up a marlboro.
The additives that are found in cigarettes are more harmful than the tobacco.
The indigenous people who smoked for spiritual reasons cannot be compared
to the masses who are smoking for a completely different set of reasons.
I smoke tobacco in Native American sweat lodges, in prayer meetings
as part of ritual and I cannot condone this nazi-istic view of smoking tobacco
as inherently evil.
Is it not evil what the cigarette companies have been doing for decades?
Their past campaigns aimed at children is a good example
of how far they are willing to go to get some new addicts on board - and starting
them young is obviously more profitable.
Humans smoke things, often in order to bring the body in alignement /
try to balance oneself out of alignment, for ritual or simply for pleasure and relaxation.
That is a big fat LIE that addicted personalities cling to. Smoking doesn't bring your body into alignment. It distributes a drug that gives you pleasure.
However, those that claim someone smoking in their car, or passing
you on a street bothers you, well , perhaps you need to just get yourself a
big inflatable bubble and live in it.
It's almost as absurd as those who claim they are smoking cigarettes to
become one with the universe and to re-align their spines.
The amount of toxic substances that you and your immune system
absorbs everyday, some of them you use as cleaning products, some of them
exuded from your home and carpets, some in your workplaces and many from
daily pollution in major cities are immensely more detrimental. If a whiff a
cigarette from a passing car gives you a headache, I recommend you go to
the hospital IMMEDIATELY, because you must have a serious problem that
needs attention, or you are just being neorotic.
What's the problem here? You want to be able to smoke whenever and wherever
because it is your spiritual right that should override everything? That's the
epitome of selfish behavior - how very American of you.
Americans have way too many 'sensitivities', that are not found
anywhere else in the world.
Maybe you should consider relocating if you aren't happy with Americans and
their sensitivities. You will not have as easy of a time getting across any
other border, though.
You know , the smell of heart clogging, cancer producing fast food
restaurants bothers me too on the roads, from sea to shining american sea,
but its a free country. I shop health foods. The sight of absurdly bloated, slobby
obese americans eating cheeseburgers in their cars bothers me, but Im not
asking for legislation against it.
That's a bad analogy, unless of course remnants of the obese American's
cheeseburger float into your colon.
This idea of legislating everyone into being perfect robots in this
country is becoming a disgusting trend.
I don't know what you are talking about. Give some examples of how we
are being legislated into robots. And how restrictions on cigarette smoking
are somehow related to that????