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Smokers rights - because I like to smoke!

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Smokers have rights too and I'm fed up with the way we are now seen as second class citizens.  As you may know, smoking in Scotland has now been banned.  We are all pushed outside with little facilities to shelter ourselves in.  Non-smokers claimed that they had nowhere to go to because if they went into a pub they would die several years later because of the inconsiderate people around them.

Come on, it's not like it's a surprise that people are going to be smoking there.  But this is not the worst part of it.  No, it's actually the government that I really want to have a gripe at.  For example forcing this ban on local businesses, I don't see as fair at all!

Who are they to interfere with how a person should run their own lives.  Why not offer incentives to become no smoking venues, grants for better ventilation.  I'm sure that the government could do this just by cutting down their spending in other areas.

Smokers have rights too The adverts they place on the TV portray people who smoke as penniless, clumsy lepers to be avoided at all costs.  After all who would want to be around us smelly, grubby people?  I feel that us smokers are the easy targets, after all it's easier to get votes by banning smoking rather than preventing knife or drug related crimes.

For nonsmokers: I smoke and I like to smoke!

Well, for all the non smokers out there here's my conclusion.  I smoke and I like to smoke.  I also know that it causes cancer, I am not stupid.  Now we can live in a world where groups are segregated even more and we can all sit in pubs which smell of sweat, vomit and urine.  Ah, the great country that is Scotland.

By: ScubaSteve


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Nick

Nick

This country is a sh1thole. People smoke because they've got no better things to do.
Nick
24th Jan 14 10:25

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Just waiting

Just waiting

My wife, who has now just past her 69th birthday, and resolutely resisted my pleas to quit smoking cigarettes has been diagnosed with COPD. Her breathing has been getting worse for many years, and the coughing now is almost constant. She would say to me "but I enjoy smoking". Now I have to watch the agony of laboured breathing and pain. So, to all you educated cabbages that enjoy smoking and intend to continue, I'd stop your pension contributions, you may not need it if big C comes calling.
Just waiting
23rd Jan 14 21:45

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Do people believe anything?

Do people believe anything?

Boblet - Thank-you for taking the time to express your sentiment toward me. I value your opinion, however, I do find the irony within your post quite amusing;

I completely agree, you cannot educate a cabbage, but if I was a cabbage, then I must be an educated cabbage by virtue of the fact I'm using a computer.
Do people believe anything?
8th Jun 12 21:05

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Boblet

Boblet

I believe that you cannot educate a cabbage & you DPBA are a perfect example of such a vegetable you are posting absolute tripe. Yeh that sounds about right Tripe & Cabbage.
Boblet
8th Jun 12 14:26

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Do people believe anything?

Do people believe anything?

I will also add that smokers generate in excess of £14 billion in tax revenue, it costs a mere fraction of that (£2.9 billion) to treat them on the NHS. Hence the reason why the government and cancer research fabricated the information in the post below. The simple fact is that without smokers, taxes would have to rise considerably to make up the shortfall.
Do people believe anything?
8th Jun 12 13:22

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Do people believe anything?

Do people believe anything?

Thanks ANON, for that valuable piece of complete nonsense.

Example -

Increased absenteeism (£2.9 billion) ?

Loss in economic output from deaths of smokers (£4.1 billion) ?

THE most ridiculous post I've ever read.
Do people believe anything?
8th Jun 12 13:18

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ANON

ANON

THE TRUE COST TO THE NATION OF SMOKING

http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/news/archive/cancernews/2010-03-22-Tobacco-duty-must-rise-to-reflect-cost-of-smoking-to-society

"the cost of smoking is made up of the cost of treating smokers on the NHS (2.7 billion); loss in productivity due to smoking breaks (2.9 billion); increased absenteeism (2.9 billion); the cost of cleaning up cigarette butts (342 million); the cost of smoking-related fires (507 million); and the loss in economic output from the deaths of smokers and passive smokers (4.1 billion and 713 million respectively)."
ANON
17th Apr 12 19:08

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miserablemoaninggit

miserablemoaninggit

It's time that the ban was extended to town centre areas, in the same way that many towns ban the drinking of alcohol within designated areas. I'm sick and tired of walking behind or near inconsiderate smokers and having to breathe-in the foulness of their ridiculous, obnoxious habit. Why is it that smokers think that cigarette ends are not litter?

The smoking in public places ban was one of the best things that Parliament has ever done. It is now time to extend this further - much further!
miserablemoaninggit
16th Apr 12 23:13

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Yes it's your choice to smoke but why should we all die from passive smoking just because you can;t be bothered to move outside. Regardless of whether it's raining or snowing I don't think it's fair for people to smoke inside a public space you can smoke at home
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14th Apr 12 16:51

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Freddie

Freddie

Oh, and by the way, I'm not a smoker myself but did used to be.
Freddie
9th Mar 12 21:31

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Freddie

Freddie

I can understand the call for a ban on treating smokers on the NHS. It is self inflicted. Now, before anyone jumps the gun and has a go, I'm honestly not having a dig at anyone here. I am trying to point out the way people treat smokers differently. A few posts back is a comment about somebody visiting their friend in hospital. This friend is suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. Whilst I genuinely sympathise with this I have to point out that this is also self inflicted, just like smoking. If we are to consider a ban on treating smokers then that has to extend to other 'self-caused' ailments. Where would that stop. Does a skier cause their own broken limbs by partaking in a potentially dangerous sport? The list could go on and on.
Like I said, I'm honestly not having a dig, I'm just pointing out the bias toward smokers in this respect.
Freddie
9th Mar 12 21:30

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Lidman

Lidman

Thanks for that sharing that with us MikeyPeee. I'm sure the grumpy old lady will be entertainined by it.
Lidman
9th Mar 12 13:15

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Boblet

Boblet

There is one advantage of posters using your name on the G.O.T.W, they always get the spelling right unlike jethro freddie or lidman.
Boblet
9th Mar 12 10:34

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Lidman

Lidman

Agreed Jethro. Bobero loves to rant and rave from his soapbox, and resorts to trolling when disagreed with.
Lidman
8th Mar 12 21:30

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Jethro

Jethro

Bobley, I can assure you my world is not the same as yours, and never will be. My world is a bearable place to live, unlike yours.
Jethro
8th Mar 12 16:23

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