I'm not totally new to the world of blogs, but this is my new attempt of having one.
I'm Jay, and I'm a real supporter of smokers rights in Illinois as well as nationwide. My age is irrevelant. But I will say I'm in my late 20's and I'm from Chicago. African-American is my heritage, and I feel very proud to be a Black smoker living in America.
As far as what I smoke is concerned goes: Well, I actually like both regular and menthol cigs. I particularly like the taste of regular cigs I can make myself (these are called RYO/MYO cigs online). But I love menthols the most. I personally believe if menthols never existed, I never would''ve discovered the truth of smoking. That is, the truth antis don't want society to hear. Smoking is a pleasurable habit, not filthy and deadly as they make smoking sound. And since it's common for folks of my kind to enjoy mint, it's no surprise why menthols are more common among African-American smokers in particular.
Speaking of menthols, major anti groups make claims such as "African-American smokers have a greater risk f getting lung cancer because of the menthol added to their cigs." ACS (American Cancer Society) made this claim, and all they're doing is trying to make a group of smokers feel bad.
I understand there are risks assosciated with smoking. But with all due respect to the ACS, I've met a few ladies who are a lot older than me. And guess what they were smoking? Yup! Newports! I'd like to ask the ACS "How can a Black smoker smoke menthols for 30-40 straight years, and this person still has no lung cancer?"
If there is some truth (on the anti side) about Big Tobacco making more menthol brands during the Civil Rights era as a way of attracting minorities to smoking, then thank you Big Tobacco for menthols. Because I had a secret interest in smoking even when I was a little boy. I didn't quite understand the "menthol" term back then.
But based on how much I enjoy smoking now, I can't imagine myself quitting if menthols disappeared. I'd make my own regulars or buy some Marlboro Red 100's. Yeah, I smoke long-length cigs because I get more enjoyment for my money. Especially since king-sized cigs are the same price.
Some brainwashed smokers online think I'm denying I'm addicted to cigs, and how I'll regret starting smoking when I'm a lot older. I am not addicted. I just enjoy smoking a lot, and it's the only real pleasure I have in my life. Nothing beats enjoying a cig on a sunny morning while sitting down. It is sad I didn't grow up in the days when smoking was allowed in tons of public buildings.
In the old days, smokers were treated like first class Americans. In modern times, smokers are treated like second class citizens. I even heard of the saying "Smokers are the 21st century Blacks." This is a topic I'll try to focus on my next post. Including explaining how I got involved with smokers rights.