Thursday, August 16, 2007

Unfair tobacco taxes won't stop me and mills of others from lighting up smokes

Smokers WILL find ways to avoid paying the discriminatory taxes. One female smoker I talked to recently thought I was joking with her when I mentioned I read online articles involving cig carton heists in stores and smoke shops. I bet stealing cartons and then reselling the packs in the strets would've been a joke 30 years ago when a pack was a lot more affordable for smokers of all income classes.

She thought it was stupid for folks to steal cartons. But based on cigs being too darn expensive, and combined with dealers in the streets reselling those stolen packs, I told her these are two reasons why this alternative method for getting cigs is more common. I don't agree with the method myself. The only way this method can be eliminated is if we ever see realistic prices for cig packs again.

Some smokers might try GROWING their own tobacco. This is an alternative for smokers as well. Growing tobacco might become more common if tobacco becomes illegal like weed. Part of me still believes tobacco should be illegal if we're gonna have "smoking bans" at all. If I'm banned from smoking tobacco in places, why bother selling it to me? Smoking bans are all about money too. And not just about showing discrimination to smokers by banning smoking.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

No smoking on cruise ships

I posted article comments on here, in the comments area.

As far as a comment goes on here is concerned, I refuse to ever step foot on a cruise ship, since the cruise ships believe in discriminating against smokers. But yet, they don't mind letting folks drink to their heart's content on a cruise ship. Just like taverns, most of the riders on these ships are smokers. I'm glad the smokers said NO to that ship which banned smoking in 1998. And then 6 years lata, the ship revoked their ban on smoking. So smokers can feel welcome on the boat again. And so the company could start making money again.

This world is screwed up in a lotta ways, especially towards smokers.

This might be the shortest blog post you'll ever see from me.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A somewhat personal post

I'm sure some folks wonder why I like to tie in Afro-American issues into smoking issues at times. Well that article about US's ranking behind 41 otha countries is an example. Although it didn't have us Africans listed as the #1 reason for this country's low life expectancy ranking, it still places emphasis on us.

"Why is America ranked #42 in average life expectancies among people living in the world? Let's blame the Africans living in the USA! After all, a lot of them have the HIV which can shorten anyone's life! Besides, the countries with the lowest life expectancies are African-based nations with that same HIV/AIDS problem!"

This reminds me of: "Why did this nonsmoker die from cancer? Let's blame the smoker for smoking around him/her causing the death! This is proof that SHS DOES kill nonsmokers!"

Both of these hypothetical quotes are BULL to be perfectly honest.

The media can do everything it can to make us Africans look bad and evil. Despite the fact it's illegal to discriminate against us. But as I said in a smoking group, you can't blame me or my fellow Africans for making America's ranking so low. You can blame obesity for making the lives of Americans shorter. I think asthma might play a role in more babies dying before their first birthdays.

Seems like asthma wasn't common 20 years ago, when more folks smoked! And it wasn't common to see obese folks and babies dying before 1 year old back then eitha!

I know Big Tobacco oughta be thankful that there are mills of African smokers in America. Because even if this nation had no Africans in it, that wouldn't help raise the life expectancy of otha long as Americans chow down on fast food every freakin day! But without us enjoying our cigs in America, a lot of tobacco companies that produce menthol cig brands would go outta business. Since it's true menthols are a lot more common among Afro-Americans that smoke.

Instead of blaming us for some of the sheet America sees (as well as not blaming smokers), how about blaming those fat folks for the sheet this nation gets?

Americans have shorter lives than folks in 41 other countries

US is behind 41 other countries in terms of life expectancy rankings.

Article Link

The article mentions obese people, babies dying before their first birthdays, and Africans as three of the reasons for the US being ranked so low. There were other reasons (including lots of Americans not having health insurance), but these three reasons caught my attention the most.

Obesity makes perfect sense. America makes obesity sound perfectly normal. But America needs to stop encouraging people to eat fast food every day if they wanna live longer. We praise obesity, but yet we make smokers sound like criminals.

Babies dying before their 1st birthdays? That's sad in itself. That's probably due to new moms not knowing how to nourish their babies properly.

And we have the lowest life expectancies than other Americans. At least the article didn't say "Smoking causes Africans to have much shorter lives." I know even if we never existed in America, that wouldn't reduce the number of obese Americans. And it wouldn't stop babies from living for less than 1 full year. Regardless of how long the average person of my type lives, one doesn't need to be blaming Africans for US' low ranking. That's a moot point to me. Obese folks outnumber us in America anyway.

Article quote:
Policymakers also should focus on ways to reduce cancer, heart disease and lung disease, said Murray. He advocates stepped-up efforts to reduce tobacco use, control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.

How is reducing tobacco use gonna make fewer Americans obese, and help babies live much longer? And since more people have stopped smoking in recent years, that says a lot about America being behind 41 other countries! That shows quitting smoking does NOT make Americans' lives longer. Other factors in their lifestyle determine how long they will live (ie: eating habits, lack of exercise, and that popular risk assosciated with "us" engaging in the other S activity).