Anybody who knows me, for more than say, a year, knows that I am not a morning person. Given my own devices, I will go to bed after 2 to 4 in the morning and get up at around noon. So lately, I’ve been surprised by myself waking up at about 9 o’clock in the morning. Suffice it to say, it is very strange.
So here I am, first thing in the morning, out on the porch in my underwear and smoking jacket with my brand new Chacom Punch billiard, and a bowl of Peterson’s Irish flake, watching the fog slowly lift, and I wonder, “could the morning get any better?”
Then I begin to wonder, how many people would consider this morning ritual to be a bad thing because it includes tobacco?
The anti smoking advocates have done such a great job in vilifying tobacco, that despite any evidence to the contrary, tobacco must be evil.
The anti-smoking advocates, believe that any studies that do not indicate that tobacco is the devil, must be fronted by the tobacco industry.
Now, before you get a rope, I am NOT trying to say that tobacco is in any way good for you! However, independent studies have shown that the occasional smoker, who smokes less than 2 cigarettes a day, or those who smoke a pipe or cigars without inhaling do not significantly increase the risk of any sort of diseases. The casual pipe smoker, or cigar smoker who inhales only occasionally, and smokes only occasionally, (less than three to four pipes, or one to two cigars a day) only increases the risk of smoking related diseases by about 10 percent.
Since I only smoke 3 to 4 pipes a day, and only inhale occasionally, I am probably at more risk of cancer from automobile exhaust then I am from smoking.
Now, I agree that the abuse of anything, is what leads to negative side effects. I used to smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes a day. That increased my chances of smoking related diseases causing death to probably 33 to 40 percent, and significantly reduced my quality of life. But, my occasional pipe simply helps me relax, and gives me alone time to think.
I really don’t mind the anti-smoking legislation. The warnings on cigarette packs, no smoking in public places such as restaurants and businesses, no smoking around minors, et cetera. I am a considerate smoker, as any of my non smoking friends can tell you, I don’t mind smoking outside, I don’t mind restricting my smoking to being away from those who do not smoke. I don’t drink a lot. So, I think I would be rather offended if somebody drank a lot and then pissed all over me, as that effectively, is what secondhand smoke is. Since it is a byproduct of smoking, and urine is the byproduct of drinking, blowing second hand smoke a non smoker is like asking them if you can drink a pint of whiskey and then piss all over them! So, if somebody says please don’t smoke around me, I move away, as surely as if somebody said please don’t piss on me, I wouldn’t.
But, honestly folks, if I’m not hurting anyone, what everybody up in arms about? I think, people need to pigeonhole things a lot less, and judge everything upon its own merits. I almost never hear, “please don’t smoke that here, it stinks!”
Smoke em if you got em!