A long time ago, I've written an article about how much I hate smokers. It's been five years since then, and still my mind is boggled.
A few days ago, I had a bit of a clash with a coworker who may be described as avid smoker. We've had those before, and sometimes we'd agree on things, but mostly we certainly would not. It all comes down to the following: when speaking about smoking, he gets incredibly irrational. I can talk with this man about anything and have a normal, civilised conversation - just not about smoking. In his words, he would send all non-smokers to concentration camps, just for not allowing him to poison everyone in public.
Meanwhile, my country has finally enacted a law which forbids smoking in most public places, which is one of the reasons he's so pissed off. Sadly, smoking is still considered "cool" in Croatia, and there are a lot of smokers. So what happens when I agree with the law? I get the following question: "You don't even drink or go to bars, what do you care?" or "Since you don't drink, you don't get to vote on that."
Well, three things:
- I get to vote and state my opinion on every fecking thordamned thing since I am a citizen of this country who pays his taxes, and nobody, and I mean nobody gets to shut me up
- The fact that I don't drink myself to death in bars is irrelevant, see item 1
- I agree with the law because I want to protect my fellow non-smoking citizens who go to bars from the terror of cigarette smoke
If you don't like any of that, you can suck a cigarette in your own home, and kill yourself slowly.
Let us not forget that single most important thing here. Cigarette smoke causes cancer. I'm afraid there is no debate on this one. We're talking about hard scientific truths. I'm not even going to link any articles, because it's really unnecessary.
So every time someone is smoking a cigarette near me, what I see is a man who wants to kill himself, and take as many people with him in the process.
I honestly don't want to be a part of that. Neither does any other non-smoker.
So I submit it to you that all smokers are irrational, on the following grounds:
- Every sane, rational and stable person doesn't want to die
- Smoking kills you, and people around you
- If you smoke, you're trying to kill yourself
- Ergo, you are not rational
My favourite type of smoker is the one who tries to give me health tips. Oh yes, I know a couple of those as well. You shouldn't do this or you shouldn't do that..while I try to dismantle your feckin' lungs. No, I say. Sod off with your health advice. You don't even take care of yourself, don't give me any freaking advice. Practise what you preach and we shall talk.
So don't give that "smokers' rights" bullshit. You shouldn't have no smoking rights at all. A man walking around and killing people breivik-style is arrested; but smokers, people who do the same - only slowly - demand their rights? I fart on your smokers rights. I fart on your rights, on your past, current and future smoking related freedoms, I fart on your addiction, I fart on your blood pressure, I fart on your cancer. Keep it to yourself.
In case you're a smoker and are thinking who the hell am I to tell you "you can't smoke", that's not what I'm saying. By all means, feel free to smoke in your own home. If you want to continue killing yourself, and/or your family, I don't mind. Smoke the shit out of yourself, I honestly don't mind.
Just keep it to yourself you stinking bastards.