I smoke alone in my back garden and in my back garden only, so it is unlikely that you will have to breath my fumes or see my cigarette butts. Why would you assume that I litter and blow smoke into peoples face? Most smokers don't do this. Although on that point, even if I did smoke elsewhere the effects of second hand smoke in open air are non-existent, car fumes do more damage.
(Original post by Copperknickers)
It's mine as well, because I have to walk past you in the street every day and breath in your cancerous fumes every time I walk into any sort of public building. By all means, smoke, but nowhere where non-smokers want to go. Also, littering is illegal, I don't know why smokers seem to think they are exempt from that law when they throw cigarette butts on the ground.
Some people will inevitably still find something to complain about though, obviously my lung function is of top priority to many people.
Last edited by llessur123; 09-07-2012 at 00:38.
1.) I'm afraid it actually does relax me, unlike e-nobs who come in and try to explain my own bodily reactions to me as if I'm too thick to interpret them correctly (can't think of any of said nobs in particular, just know it bugs me
). When I feel nervous before an exam, I'm fairly sure that isn't withdrawal symptoms. When I smoke and feel less nervous, I'm fairly sure that isn't exclusively thanks to the satisfaction my addiction has received. Incidentally I haven't smoked in 15 days. Tomorrow I might smoke a pack. Or maybe 2 cigarettes. Probably, I won't smoke at all. I don't follow a dependant pattern. You'll no doubt find an obnoxious way of explaining that away that suits your preachy agenda and completely disrespects my own opinions on myself...but I'm afraid if there's one thing I'm sure I know more about than you it's myself.
(Original post by JohnC2211)
1) It's not relaxing. You were more relaxed before you started smoking. The cigarette is what causing your restlessness, and the way that you become addicted is because the cigarette makes you feel relaxed when in fact it is the withdrawal symptoms that are causing you to not be relaxed.
2) You can find many other less harmful things to do with your hands.
3) You do not enjoy it. You only think you do, see point 1) about the cigarette causing your restlessness.
4) Right, because you could never focus on anything before you started smoking?
I have nothing against people who smoke. But I hate people who try to make up bull**** reasons to justify it.
2.) True. I can also find many more harmful things to do, like shoot you. Your point? Playing with paperclips, juggling or flexing my finger muscles may be more constructive but I enjoy it less (or you know my enslaved body is less relieved by it, to put it in your terms)
3.) I like the taste of cigarette smoke. I did from the first time I smoked. When I'm intoxicated, I love feeling the warm smoke go into my lungs. I'm sure I'm just too self-deceiving to realise that I was addicted to cigarettes before I started smoking, hence the taste appreciation was once again just a satisfied craving.
4.) I said helps me focus, not is elementary to me focusing. You're attacking a straw man. Jolly well done.
I'm not enough of a totalitarian or a fool to really hate anyone (except perhaps Rush Limbaugh) but I am irked by people who aren't satisfied enough with making their own decisions, and so patronizingly take stabs at others who were simply attempting to clarify their personal motivation for adopting an admittedly questionable habit.
Edit: To be clear, I'm not defending smoking. I would never recommend cigarettes to anyone, in the same way that I wouldn't recommend alcohol or drugs, and I fully recognize the dangers of smoking. But I enjoy it, and I'm just not one of those apologetic smokers who hates himself every time he reaches for the pack or constantly tells people he's trying to quit. Someone said they couldn't understand why anyone would smoke and I tried to explain why I in particular did. I don't see what I did to deserve such an aggressive lecture.
Last edited by Eldedu; 09-07-2012 at 01:11.