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May 05, 2005

Ssssssmokin'

Here's a something that was sent to me, and I find it interesting. Check it out...

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/le20050505.shtml

Now, let me say that I can see both sides of the "smoking in public" argument. When I was a smoker I would have lit up and said "Screw you" to anyone who got pissy about it. And people did shoot me and my friends nasty looks, snarl under their breath. I finally got wise to this and paid attention. Then I quit smoking.

I don't smoke anymore, so now when I go to a bar or restaurant where there are smokers, I'm torn. Don't think for one minute that I'm not REALLY WANTING TO SMOKE. Oh, I want to sooooo bad, but I don't. But I still walk out smelling like an ashtray. And now that I'm a mother, I don't like my kids to be around second hand smoke either.

So, how do I feel about this? In some ways, I find the practice of either not hiring smokers or cracking down on those employees who do smoke discriminatory. Hey, I wasn't unhappy or mental when I smoked. In some ways I'd say I'm more mental now!

Whether I smoke or not, what is at stake here is the health of me and my family. It is the individual's decision to smoke or not, I don't argue with that. I just don't want to be all stinky after the fact.

Yeah, I know, stay home! I do, believe me, I do. I don't like preachy former smokers, so I don't get all judgemental. How can I when I'd like to light up with them? Hypocritical, and I don't like that.

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