Monday, January 02, 2006

The Role of Smoking in Society

My dear friends, tobacco smoking has a role to play in our society. Recently and in an increasingly alarming way smoking is being attacked by so called civilized governments throughout the world (the Province of Quebec is going smoke free in 2006 and the BBC reported that Turkey is implementing non-smoking laws). I propose that smoking must be maintained for the good of society.

Smoking helps people from loitering. If you find yourself waiting for a bus, a train, or a friend to arrive what can one do to pass the time? It only seems logical to light a cigarette or a pipe. Now you are doing something and not just standing idly around. If people see a person just standing around they may think that he or she is planning to perpetrate a crime. If the same person is smoking they will simply think, "Oh, they are enjoying a smoke. I am not in any danger."

Smoking is a reason to take needed breaks from work or study. The urge for nicotine is really not an addiction, but rather it is the way the body tells us that we need to stop what we are doing and take a break. If I was not a smoker I would never have had the time to "digest" what I was studying as a student. The seven minutes it took to smoke a cigarette became a time to think over what I had just read and helped me to refocus my thoughts. Perhaps the reason that students are no longer doing well on standardized tests is that they are not smoking as often as they once did. The BBC reported that taxi drivers in Turkey will no longer be allowed to smoke in their taxi cabs. I have never ridden in a Turkish cab, but something tells me that I would rather have the driver smoking and relaxed than have him on edge from not smoking, but still driving.

Smoking helps one make dramatic pauses when in conversation. You are visiting with a friend over dinner. The friend makes an interesting comment. Before you respond you stop to think, take out a cigarette, light it, and inhale. Now you are ready to respond. Yes, it is dramatic, it helps you to formulate an answer, and gives and air of sophistication to the whole evening. All this is robbed from us now that smoking is not permitted in so many establishments

I hope that in this short entry you see that smoking really does have a place in a civilized world, and with every new non-smoking law that is passed a little of that civility is slipping away.


Blogger Dave said...

It seems almost imparative that a Turkish cabbie be allowed to smoke, if the smell from a New York cab is any indication.

Some bars in New York would probably also benefit from lifting the ban in their establishment. I remember the Village Idiot in our great city beofre the ban. It was always packed and good for a laugh. After the ban walking into the Idiot was like walking into a warm, sticky anus. The smell of sweat, vomit and urine which was normally hidden was a real buzz kill. No one could enjoy their Pabst Blue Ribbon. Now the Idiot is closed and I fear that the smoking ban is to blame.

I for one do not advocate smoking, but in some places it is quite necessary.

Monday, January 02, 2006 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Erasmus said...

The Village Idiot closed?! A true icon has passed then. I'll never forget the one and only time I was in there... some guy from Long Island vomitted next to me and in an unrelated incident the women's bathroom was closed due to some plumbing problem and since we were standing near it the barmaid asked us to keep any one from going in until she could get a mop. Do your remember, Dave?

Also I believe they were showing animals copulating on the television sets. It was a truly charming spot.

Monday, January 02, 2006 9:53:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm sad to say that yes, the Village Idiot is closed. So you and everyone else who are avid fans will no longer be able to see a rabbit ridding a cat on TV while listening to "Ring of Fire" on the Juke Box as you drink Guinness from a pitcher and help women jump up on the bar to remove their shirts and dance. Oh whoa the smoking ban!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 4:25:00 PM  
Blogger Epictetus said...

Damn! Truely the end of an era in so many ways!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 2:41:00 PM  
Blogger Davis said...

Rock on Dave

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 11:33:00 PM  
Blogger Davis said...

Rock on.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 11:34:00 PM  

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