Friday, December 21, 2007

I smoke. So deal with it!

I hope all readers of my blog have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For any antis reading my blog, I'll be nice in saying I sincerely hope you realize there are MORE important issues in this world instead of "deadly SHS" and "smokers who stink." While you spend all of your time trying to wipe tobacco off of planet Earth, don't forget about helping out otha people. Especially those who find it hard to make even one buck in this world.

I saw a cool shirt the otha day in a smoke shop. It said "I smoke. So F'king deal with it!"

Here's a warning I read on another shirt.

"WARNING: Harassing smokers can be dangerous to your health."

I couldn't agree more on both of those. If you don't like me being a smoker, please get out of my face (to put it nicely). Because harassing me for my right to smoke can be dangerous indeed. I saw it for myself one time in 2005 when this punky-A motha approached some smokers outside. I definitely remember him saying "It's illegal for you guys to be smoking cigs!"

And afta the two teen brothas tried asking him to leave them alone a few times, the requests led to cussing, and then it led to that lowlife person getting bullied BIG TIME!

I can only laugh at the idea of smokers being weak. But I know seeing kids smoking in the streets and apporaching them is a dumb idea. Especially if it's in an area of the town with nobody walking around to see what's going on.

Fire-safe cigarettes

Fire-safe cigarettes are cigarettes that go out on their own as you smoke them. And you gotta kep relighting them when they DO go out. And sometimes fire-safes do NOT go out on their own...they keep on burning in the ashtrays.

The taste of fire-safe cigs makes me wanna puke sometimes. A normal cig tastes MUCH betta than fire-safes.

I haven't heard much on the fire-safes being sold in IL during 2007. I guess that means most of the IL smokers in these groups buy their smokes somewhere else...including myself. :)

I notice a Newport pack in Indiana is now $4.69. Hard to believe a pack of my brand was only 3 bucks in Indiana a year ago. Well, even with their price increase, $4.90 is still cheaper than 8 bucks in Chicago...actually 10 BUCKS in Chicago if the proposed fed cig tax increase is approved.

If you expect me to pay 10 freakin bucks for a pack of fire safe cigs in Illinois, you must think you talking to a smoker in his teens. I can get a better deal for smokes in the streets with a 10-buck bill if I went that route.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another article in relation to the upcoming IL state ban

This is an article worth sharing as a blog post. I ain't gonna comment on it. Because I've commented on my views of the upcoming state ban millions of times in here. 2008 will be a lot similar to how I would've been treated if I lived in the 50s and 60s. But this time it's smokers getting treated like folks who don't deserve to live in America of the 21st century.

I don't mind saying that 1 million times if I have to. At least some smokers online are starting to realize that smokers are indeed the 21st century version of Blacks living in the US.

Illinois, Chicago prepare to go smoke free
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | 5:48 PM

Chicago and the entire state of Illinois are less than two weeks away from going smoke-free in all public places.

There are questions about how the city and state plan to enforce that new ban. The smoking ban goes into effect on January 1.

Restaurants, bars and other businesses are preparing for the switch as concern remains over how it will impact the bottom line. Illinois will join 21 other states that are smoke free. New Year's Eve means lights out.
Harry Caray's at Dearborn and Kinzie has changed with the times. Years ago, only 10 percent of the restaurant was nonsmoking. Now, due to customers' requests, the entire restaurant is nonsmoking. And in compliance with a city ordinance, the only place where smoking is allowed is at the bar. "I haven't found anyone who doesn't think this is a good thing now. The customers are happy. I know a lot of customers have already anticipated this and quit smoking just so they won't even think about it," said Grant DePorter, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group.

The much-debated law means smoking in all public places and places of employment becomes illegal in the new year. Smokers and businesses violating the law could face fines. State legislators won't hammer out details of the law until January 9. "There's some clarity the rules will help with. But as far as the impact on the law and the general public, there won't be any. The law will be effective as the legislature and the governor decided," said Michael Mark, American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association of Illinois Greater Chicago supports the law in hopes of improving the health of Illinoisans. "If you follow the manufacturer' s suggested directions on how to use their product, the only product in the world designed to kill you," said Mark. Back at Harry Caray's, the law is met with varied reaction. "The legislature has struck the right balance by favoring nonsmokers and employees of establishments where smoking otherwise would occur," said nonsmoker John Jacoby. "Indiana is about 10 to 20 miles over the border. And I'm a regular casino visitor. And they're going to be getting almost all my business after January 1," said smoker Paul Gleeson. "And I'm hoping to quit anyway, probably going to be good for me. I hate going home with smoky hair. So I'm not too bothered by it. I've lived in California for a long time, so I was used to it," said smoker Erin Walsh.

The city of Chicago is working on its enforcement of the new law, deciding on whether or not there will be a grace period or if starting at 12 a.m. on January 1, bars and smokers will be held accountable. There could be areas designated for smoking. For instance, if there is an establishment that has an outdoor area. If they are 15 feet from the entrance, there could be a smoking area.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Being a smoker then and being a smoker now

When I was little, I saw cigarette ads on outdoor billboards and in tons of mags for all audiences. Who can forget the days when there was a cig ad on the back cover of every mag out there? I even think I saw more adult brothas/adult sistas smoking back in the 80s.

I rememba seeing cig vending machines not just in restaurants, but even in places like Dunkin Donuts! If I had money and was old enough to understand how to put money into it, I would've been able to buy a Newport pack easy as heck.

Those were also the days when you could smoke in ballpark seats, and a pack of cigs was nearly the same price for a box of Little Debbie cakes. Smoking was allowed on airplanes in the early 80s.

Oh, I can't forget the days when ALL fast food joints were crowded in Chicago! You could smoke in ANY area of a fast food restaurant, and you would've been lucky to find a seat at all.

Now, we live in a time where it's tough to find even one cig ad in a mag (they ain't on the back covers anymore), you can't even smoke in the concourse area of ballparks, cig vending machines are only in adult-only places now, and restaurants are HARDLY crowded on a regular basis now! A homeless person could practically LIVE in those empty McDonald's in downtown Chicago!

I wonder if cig vending machines are banned altogetha, since you can't even smoke in a Chicago tavern within the next 2 weeks.

Times have changed for smokers. I don't need to mention those people in the streets with their fake coughs, and hand waving, and the BS pack prices.

My desire is to bring back the gold old days of smoking. But in order for that to happen, we need to have court cases related with smoking issues, and see some folks challenge the numerous claims from antis (challenge in court I mean). As long as smokers don't challenge the antis to a fight, smokers nationwide (and not just in IL) will NOT get their rights back.

I mean challenge antis to prove those lies in a LEGAL fight. Although a literal fight with an anti is one fantasy I have....

I wish I could make packs cheap again with a magic wand. Cheaper prices would help cut down on the number of folks bumming cigs from othas.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Petition for IL Smokers

If you're a smoker from Illinois, please read and sign this petition I found online!

The petition is a letter to the ACS.