“Oh, thanks, you got me passive smoke. And I didn’t get you anything.”
OK, it’s official. Smokers have taken a clear lead on my list of pet hates. Actually, let me clarify that. The majority of smokers have moved into the top position. Why is the clarification required? Because the minority, who have respect and do the right thing will not disagree with my thoughts. It’s those who typify the stereotypical smoker who will be whinging, bitching and sending death threats in response to the post.
I don’t smoke. Never have. I’m one of those boring people who have never even taken an experimental puff. It’s my choice not to, and I have no issue with those who wish to exercise their free choice in partaking of the habit. What I do have issue with is the smokers who believe it is their constitutional right to light up wherever the fuck they want, whenever they want, and thus remove the free choice of non-smokers not to be exposed to the myriad of toxic shit emanating from their cigarette. Also, there is the very small point about the actual smell of cigarette smoke.
According to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 3.3 million people over 15-year-old were deemed current smokers. This data was taken from the 2007/08 National Health Survey, so for the sake of this argument we will assume that the figures are statistically accurate. There are now over 22 million people in Australia. So let’s say 15 percent of the population smoke. The majority (refer back to paragraph two) are therefore removing (albeit inadvertently) the free choice of nearly 19 million Australians each time they light up in public.
Do you know what the most common litter found anywhere is? Yeah. Cigarette butts. The same people who take it upon themselves to remove the free choice of most non-smoking Australians also seem to believe it’s their right to dispose of the evidence of their habit wherever they happen to take the last draw. Sometimes it’s in a bin. Rarely. Usually it’s on the ground or in a garden. More often than not it’s out the window of their car. That always puzzles me. They don’t want the dirty, odoriferous refuse in the vehicle with them, so they assume the rest of us will accept it with open arms and toss it out the fucking window. Thanks for that. I would have preferred a 30-year-old single malt, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
For those who are the subject of this rant, a few key topics: free choice, respect for others, personal responsibility and littering.
I’m not going to lecture about the sins of a vice or addiction. It’s not the point of this post, and I have as many vices as anyone. Besides, the people who this post is aimed at won’t care. It won’t make any difference to their attitude or behaviour. They are already drafting their poorly worded death threats with one hand while trying to fashion a rollie with the other.