How To Rescue Society Of The Concept Of Smoker's Rights.

          Smoking is a choice, despite what cigarette companies want you to believe. You choose to start, and you can choose to stop whenever you want. So when did this concept of "smoker's rights" come to pass? Why do you get special treatment for something that you have complete control over?

Political stance

          Now it's true, I do consider myself a Libertarian. I have written before how I think ALL drugs should be legal. After all its your body, you should be allowed to put whatever you want into it. But I absolutely hate smoking. I can't stand the smell, having cigarette smoke in my face, and how both of those will ruin clothes, paint, and basically everything it comes in contact with. So how can I justify banning smoking while supporting freedom? When I realized the part I hate wasn't the cigarette itself, but the second hand smoke. You want to shove a flaming death stick in you face, go ahead. But the second that smoke leaves your mouth, or the end of your cigarette, it had better not come near me. You are free to smoke; however your supposed "addiction" does not override my wanting to breathe oxygen and not wanting to smell like an ashtray. Simply put, your choice to smoke in public infringes on my freedom to choose NOT to smoke, and is therefore illegal (or at least it should be).

Overlooking the obvious

          Another thing that annoys me is how smokers get special privileges. Littering is illegal. It not only destroys our environment, but it can get you a pretty hefty fine. So why do cigarette butts not count? They are flung from cars into oncoming traffic, left in playgrounds and sidewalks, and even in every place imaginable inside public restrooms. No one says anything because they're so small, but why does that matter? Who made this practice socially acceptable? Why do I have to clean up after your filthy habit because I find a half smoked cigarette in my lawn where my kids and pets play? That is unacceptable.

Working at not working

          The "smoke break" is something else I take issue with. This one is not quite so commonplace, as different companies have different rules, but I think most non-corporate jobs allow employees to take the occasional mini-hiatus so long as it doesn't interfere with their job too much. What about non-smokers? If once a hour I just got up and disappeared for 10-15 minutes it'd be grounds for termination; but if I came back smelling like death, all is forgiven. Pay equality is a big topic in the news, with minorities making less for doing the same job. I agree this is a problem and that gender, race, religion and factors like that should not be part of determining ones pay scale. Job performance, however, plays a large part. And if I'm working harder and being more productive than someone continually "going out for a smoke", then I should be compensated accordingly.


          It's not hard to change this. Smoking is a choice, not an addiction like cigarette companies want you to think, and therefore can be regulated. Clean up after yourself. Be mindful of where your smoke is and how it may effect those around you. You have to be 18 or older to buy cigarettes, so it shouldn't be too much to ask of you to act like an adult. And don't shame non-smokers for complaining about your filthy habits when you fail to adhere to these. Because when it comes down to it, your "smoker's rights" are not enforceable... and should go up in smoke.

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  1. This a great post, congrats! I agree with you about the loitering. It's really annoying to find cigarettes butts in place like playgrounds, or at the side of a pool. Why doesn't anybody else complain??

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  3. I agree with you! first of all I hate the way people smell when they finish. And the fact they get these priviledges, like the break to go out for a smoke is ridiculous!

  4. I'm a smoker, so you may find this shocking. I HATE the smell of cigarettes too in every way! I cannot smoke inside of a building or a car or any enclosed space. But for some reason I can smoke a cigarette just fine. I totally understand where you are coming from and am a big believer in being respectful of others who do not smoke. I pretty much won't smoke unless I am at home or around others who do too. It's pretty weird. Good read!

  5. I also dont like the smell of cigarettes! I dont mind those who smoke though

  6. I'm not gonna lie. I was as smoker for 10 years and finally quite about 1.5 years ago. I didn't realize how terrible it was until I stopped. But luckily we're in a decline for smoking and I imagine it will be all but gone within the next generation or two. But I get you. It sucks.

  7. YOU GO!!!! I could not love this post main annoyances is that smokers are allowed to pollute our environment with the stinky garbage they blow into our air.

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