I do not know very few smokers whose only vice is smoking. Smoking is an addiction. It goes hand in hand with drinking and gambling. Ever been to a casino? While 20% of the population smokes if you look at drinkers it's more than 50% in that group, same with gamblers. Same with using other drugs. Smokers are druggies, tobacco is a lethal, addicting drug.You can't separate out smokers and say they have a lower rate of broken homes. You have to look at the whole picture. If a person smokes responsibily, say on the porch or outside, doesn't force children to breath smoke, doesn't drink, doesn't gamble, treats their spouse with love and respect then they will likely have a good, happy life. Just like others who don't smoke. Start adding in irresponsible smoking, forcing children and unborn babies to smoke, drinking, gambling, etc the chance of happiness goes down.Originally posted by teacha:
Last I heard, the rate of broken homes involving a smoker was a lot lower than a drinker, druggie, gambler, abuser, or cheater.
No. Alcoholics, gamblers, and abusers tend to have a higher rate of smoking. Approx 20% of Americans smoke. More than 50% of alcoholics smoke, more than 50% of compulsive gamblers smoke. Abuse is related to addictions, abusers most often have co-mobidities, such as alcholism, drug abuse, gambling. We know in young people cigarette smoking is often the gateway to using other drugs, including alcohol. If we could do away with smoking would these other addictions go away? No, but our children's lungs and our health would be vastly improved.Originally posted by abnerman:
So now smokers are more likely to be alcoholic, abusive, gambling addicts?
It seems to me the most damage has been done by those the peace protesters are protesting against. How many people die every year from "feminist booktables" (whatever they are)? And, "pornography via store windows" - where can I see this?Originally posted by teacha:
[QB] ... Gay parades and peace protesters bug the gabeezers out of me, but I haven't called for a ban on them, not on "diversity holiday displays" either, or public displayed pornography via store windows and PA systems piping certain kinds of music or on certain feminist booktables. ... QB]
What about someone else's right to breathe in "whatever they want"?Originally posted by nugget:
What about my right to breath air without cig. smoke? Are you implying that I do not have a right to go out for a meal or to work and breath clean air?
Staying up too late watching t.v? Fine....Other addiction- staying up late- for no other reason than organizing my place, closets, drawers.... OCD??
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