Friday, August 31, 2007

Taxes, taxes, taxes

Smokers in IL are being taxed so heavily, it ain't funny. Same applies to the USA smokers. SInce I heard about an increase on the Federal cig tax or something like that.

Since most smokers are poor, do politicians think smokers are rich folks who make millions of bucks playing sports? I gotta bust my behind off just to make a living. And IL wants me to cough up my hard-earned money since I chose to become a smoker. I even heard the rich are the ones who benefit from the taxes smokers pay for. Including politicians.

When will this discrimination based on my choice to smoke stop? Based on how much money politicians and anti orgs make off of tobacco taxes alone, they oughta thank me for buying cigs. Because if I chose not to smoke, they wouldn't be so freaking rich. Check that. They wouldn't be rich if millions of folks in America weren't buying tobacco period.

But instead of thanking me, they want me to pay more with their greedy attitudes.
If they keep taxing and taxing, they won't get sheet from ANY smoker. Because the more expensive cigs get, the more that will motivate people to quit smoking.

Two Qs: What would these greedy politicians do if every single smoker stopped smoking overnight? Where would IL politicians be at if every IL smoker moved outta state.

I know I will never quit just because of the slavery-like taxes. These taxes IS like slavery if you count a politician demanding me to fill his pocket with cash every time I buy a pack or carton. Based on how much money I spent on tobacco taxes over the years, maybe the politicians oughta fill MY POCKETS up with millions of bucks!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I made the life of one American smoker better

Some of this negativity I deal with as a smoker comes from the media. I remember that life expectancy article that hinted if I was kicked out of the USA, then the average life of Americans would go up. The media also wants to blame me and my cigs for more nonsmokers dying from cancer. Based on media illogic, I'm surprised they never said "Let's kick all smokers out of the USA to make nonsmokers' lives longer."

But on a positive note, I made the life of one American smoker better instead of "worse." Albeit we both live in the same hood. Aside from both of us being in the same culture, she's a smoker with asthma, and she gets outraged herself when people encourage her to quit because of her having asthma. I simply told her that smoking did not give her asthma, nor does smoking menthols or ANY tobacco is gonna make her asthma worse.

I asked her "If it was true smoking makes asthma worse, how come you're still living after 15 years of being a smoker? These folks in society wanna make you believe that you will die if you smoke with asthma within 15 DAYS it seems like. But they're wrong."

She thought about my words, and she now feels more positive in terms of enjoying life as a smoker. She now ignores brainwashed folks in society who criticize her for her decision to smoke despite being asthmatic. If you enjoy something like cigs, smoke them. Don't let society make you feel bad as a smoker, and there are LOTS of asthmatic smokers out there who enjoy them,

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I almost got ticketed for smoking outside

I really wish I was playing (or joking) in the title, but I actually got tickted while smoking outside downtown yesterday...almost ticketed since I got a break from the cop when he said "You seem like a nice guy. Just take this as a warning."

I'll explain what happened. I was smoking outside near the elevator entrance/exit, which leads you to the subway downstairs. I saw NO sign whatsoever that said "No smoking in this area." And on top of that, I can get a ticket for smoking OUTSIDE? Do people get ticketed for drinking in the elevator area outside? I highly doubt it.

It's slowly starting to become even more inconvient to smoke outside. Well no cop doesn't need to worry about me smoking near an elevator entrance again. I can only laugh at the idea of getting a ticket for smoking in the wrong area outside. Those freaky cops oughta save those tickets for something that's a real threat to folks in the streets. Like speed drivers. I am far from being a threat by simply smoking outside.

Before someone reminds me about the screwed-up 15 ft rule, I'll respectfully say an elevator entrance doesn't lead you into a building...therefore it doesn't count as a building entrance to me.

Monday, August 27, 2007

OT: Thoughts on the 2nd anniversary of Katrina hitting New Orleans

(This is a copy of my post from my IL Smokers Alliance group)

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I'm not gonna share my detailed thoughts on that sad event which has its own place in the history of my culture. But I am very fortunate I wasn't living down there when it happened. I'd be without no roof, little food, and no cigs for several days til Bush decided to send help down there.

If I think these smoking bans are bad, I oughta imagine what it would be like living in a Superdome or on a bus for several days. And I would've been in deeper sheet after I smoked all of my cigs. I'd have to wait til I got my life back to normal til I could smoke again.

If anyone actually read this, thanks for reading. I know this is a smoking group. But I can't ignore a significant event that affected my life as a person living in America. Bush could care less about ALL smokers and ALL poor people! I wonder what Nawlins would've been like 2 yrs ago if the majority of us were smokers too. I seriously doubt people who provided assistance did so by giving the folks free cig packs. I know I wouldn't mind giving out free packs to those of us who were in need of them down there.