A smoker in a group mentioned how smokers would make a huge difference in this nation if (my memory of what I read in the group) "We bond together like Blacks. Blacks represent 14 percent of the US population, they fought for their rights, and they won. If minority groups can come together and earn their rights b fighting, who said we [smokers] can't do the same?"
One would think smokers WOULD make a difference in society as the largest minority in the US. I found it interesting smokers outnumber us....since my heritage represent only 14 percent of the nation.
But there's a huge difference between smokers and us....and I'll explain it like this.
If I ask 10 Blacks "Are you sick and tired of employers turning us down without saying upfront "I don't want Blacks working for me? Are you sick and tired of the media making us look bad by hinting Americans would live longer if a lot of us weren't HIV-infected, for example?" they would all say "HECK YES!" I even see occassional rallies in Chicago involving Blacks. Particularly when it comes to them trying to get rid of gun shops.....since a gun shop makes it easier for young ones to get their hands on guns. Actually, those kids might buy a gun illegally in the streets...but hose guns they buy usually come from the gun shops.
Now if I ask 10 smokers "Are you sick and tired of beig told to put it out when you're smoking OUTDOORS? Are you sick and tired of an employer not telling you upfront you're not hired for simply being a smoker?" The responses would be different.
A good portion of those 10 smokers will say "I don't mind being told to put it out. These bans can help me quit smoking anyway. I guess I will have to quit smoking if I want to get hired. What's the big deal?"
I can try telling those smokers "They're telling you to put it out because those authorities think SHS is deadly to inhale for others, especially kids. But SHS was never dangerous to inhale to begin with. SHS is deadly because the antis say so, and they got biased tests to back up their freaking lies!!!"
"Why should you quit smoking if you want to get hired? Just be yourself. If society doesn't like me being Black OR a smoker, screw them. I have every right to make money. And I even think the fact I'm Black overrides the fact I smoke when it comes to hiring me. Since it's supposedly illegal to not hire me for simply being Black."
How many of those smokers would tell me "You're right. I DO need to ask why I can't smoke in a quiet area outside. I need to challenge that employer for not hiring me for simply being a smoker?" I'll put it like this...I'll be happy if ONE of those 10 smokers sees the light I'm giving to them.
In conclusion, we Blacks won our battles because practically ALL of us weren't brainwashed by society's perception on us back then and even now. Unfortunately, most of those 20-25 percent of Americans being smokers are brainwashed by anti poisonanda. And that needs to change in a hurry. It COULD change if we have pro-smoking commercials and smoker right commercials on TV and in the mags!