Saturday, August 25, 2007

Casino workers seeing the truth of smoking bans

If casino workers are gonna show support for s smoking ban, then I can't give em support. But when they turn around and start whining about the loss of revenues (and of course loss of customers) once the smoking ban goes into effect, then those casino workers oughta bite the bullet. They asked for a smoking ban, and they got the ban. Now they gotta live with it.

Here's an article in relation to the smoking ban effects NJ casinos are receiving.

And I still think if casinos here in IL get exempted from the state ban, I think ALL hospitality businesses should be exempted in fairness. What makes saving the casino industry more important than saving the businesses among restaurants, bars, clubs, and bowling alleys? They're all equal to me in terms of depending on smokers as business patrons. So if one hospitality business gets exempted, then ALL hospitality businesses should get exempted. Or better yet, revoke the stupid state smoking ban altogether.


But casinos should get NO EXEMPTIONS whatsoever. Not if they actually were in favor of smoking bans. "We need a smoking ban, and we still support it. But how can we prevent our losses without laying off workers?"

If you want my honest opinion, all I can say is good luck Mister Casino Owner, and that's putting it nicely. But if you're suggesting that your business should get exempted despite the fact you and groups of antis pushed for a smoking ban in the first place, then you can kiss my (you know what). I give support to workers/owners who are initially opposed to smoking bans.

Workers/owners who start snitching about the effects of smoking bans ONLY when the ban starts (and you casino morons can see the negative effects for yourselves) can keep on dreaming if you think I'm gonna support the idea of exempting only one group from the ban. One group that actually showed firm support for the ban.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Banning Smoking Outdoors

This is actually an old post I saved but never posted til today. And I turned moderation off on here for comments,
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"While health appears to be the main reason for banning smoking outdoors, officials said fire safety and littering also play a role."


(This was a quote from an article I read back in July)

So we should ban smoking outdoors so we won't start unnecessary fires, and so smokers can stop littering the streets,

I heard of some forest fires in CA, Not caused by smoking, but by dry weather. When a place gets no rain, those fires will happen. Meanwhile, most smokers are responsible smokers. And that includes kids who smoke. I've heard of house fires caused by irresponsible smoking. But I never heard of fires breaking outside anywhere in a city with a smoking ban.

The solution for stopping fires caused by smoking outdoors (although I personally believe those are rare)? Put up some ashtrays outside of every restaurant, tavern, and other buildings.

As far as littering goes, I've said it in the past. If people were allowed to smoke inside as they should, then littering while smoking outside wouldn't be an issue. And that's another reason why we need more ashtrays outside of buildings. So folks wouldn't be littering the sidewalks with butts and empty packs.

I guess I can see outdoor workers in smaller cities complaining about sweeping cig butts and empty packs. Tell your town or state to revoke the smoking ban so life can be a heck of a lot easier for yourself while on the job. Otherwise, if you hate sweeping up butts, then quit your job. What's the point of making money if you hate your job?

Ohhhh...I get it. It's the same ol excuse nonsmoking workers use in smoking-permitted taverns. "I have no choice but to work here because I NEED the money. And I also need to be protected from SHS if I AM gonna be forced to work here."

In the case of an outdoor worker, he/she is forced to sweep up litter left by smokers because "That's the only job they can get." Gimme a break. Nobody is forced to take a job of sweeping up cig butts and empty packs outside You decided to take the job yourself. So you gotta live with your decision of being a street worker instead of taking away smokers' rights to smoke outside too.

I know if the IL state ban extends to no smoking anywhere outdoors, then you will see civil disobedience go up to a new level. Especially if an anti or cop tries asking someone "You can't smoke out here."

But if there were ashtrays outside of every building, or if smoking bans were revoked, then you wouldn't have to worry about littering, fires, and smokers getting outraged when told to put it out while OUTDOORS of all places!

Banning smoking inside is one thing, and one thing I dislike. But banning smoking outside is crossing the line in terms of my freedoms as a smoker in America. I'd appreciate it if I could smoke in places (including outdoor places) other than my own home.

Some cities have banned smoking in parks. I know if I was in that park on a quiet night, no smoke cop can catch me smoking. Especially if I'm the only person in that park.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A cigarette

A cigarette is a piece of paper rolled up with good-smelling tobacco in it. A menthol cig smells darn good too. It just has mint flavoring added to the tobacco inside of that precious cig.

I like to smell the cig before I put it in my mouth. Sometimes I look more like a shadow with a cig in my mouth when smoking at night.

I flick the lighter, and I take a drag on the lightup. Most folks like exhaling the lightup drag. But I don't, because that minty smoke belongs inside of me where it can help me relax. The smoke I inhale on drags help take my mind off of negative sheet going on in life.

Anyone who approaches me as I spend time with myself and the menthol friend better be a smoker too, or at least a nonsmoker with some sense. Otherwise, when it's just me and my friend, leave me the F alone. My menthol friend gives me the only real pleasure in my life at least 30 times per day. And an antismoker doesn't give me happiness at all. An antismoker is a moralist who needs to find his OWN "20 friends" in order to understand the positive side of smoking.

Society thinks the SHS from my menthol friend is like me holding a gun. If smoking (1st hand smoke or 2nd hand smoke) is the same thing as me holding a gun, then how come I never see bullets coming out of a cig whenever I drag on it?

And if SHS is so dangerous to inhale, how come nobody has ever dropped dead in front of me while I smoke around the person? How come people never dropped dead from inhaling cig smoke in stores, theaters, and on planes during the days before antismoking poisonanda developed?

If anyone thinks I'm gonna quit enjoying my menthol friends, you gotta be crazy. One day I pulled a friend outta my pack, and I heard a voice in my head saying:

"I don't want to go outside myself, Jay. Let's have fun inside. And besides, I smell weed smoke in this restroom. Meaning it would be hard for anyone to tell if you've been smoking me. And besides, what are they gonna do to you anyway? Put you in jail for smoking a legal product? Screw em and light me up PLEASE!!! I want my minty and refreshing smoke to make you feel happy about life."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Govts control everyone's lives

I learned today governments in some countries control what people are even allowed to listen to for music. And some govts prohibit America-based TV programs. I was like "What the heck?"

I guess ALL govts worldwide must think they're our Mommy and Daddy. What's the freaking point of living on Earth if we have govts telling us what we can do and can NOT do?

I dunno how some of these politicians get voted into offices. But I think if all voters were smokers, govts wouldn't be able to get away with controlling the lives of owners. I wish there was a way to find out which candidates on a ballot were actual smokers. Because I'd vote for a smoking candidate. Although it's true while some politicians may smoke, they're also poisoned by antismoking logic. Making them brainwashed smokers.

I know what I'd do if I was President of the US. I'd make smoking bans illegal, make county taxes and city taxes on cig packs illegal, and I'd make it illegal for an employer to deny a person a job simply because he/she smokes. All smokers don't need to get a taste of treatment older generations of my culture used to get. And smokers need to make a living themselves. How can a smoker buy tobacco if the employer won't give him/her a job?

I guess even if I won an election, I'd need bodyguards whenever I go outside. LOL

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Smokers are intelligent folks

Some people who smoke either hide their smoking, or flat-out lie about smoking period. Smokers who do this are usually the type of smokers with lots of income. Surveys like to make you believe most smokers are high school dropouts.

If this is true, then why did I see college students....TONS of them BTW....smoking in my cllege days? I bet lots of college students still smoke even with smoking bans being more common on the college campuses.

Those stats on the number of smokers across the nation in the US also ignore the fact there might be lots of secret smokers (closet smokers) out there.

I have nothing to hide about my smoking. If someone asks "Do you smoke?" I'm saying "Yes, I smoke. And if you don't like that, then FU." Good luck in finding a nonsmoker who's nice just like me. But a lot of nonsmokers (unlike me) lack some intelligence.

Well, I shouldn't say ALL nonsmokers are stupid. Some of them actually support the right to smoke in public.