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"For many smokers life is an absolute bitch as they struggle with everyday burdens and pressures in order to maintain control."

People who are addicted to drugs take them to control withdrawl symptoms. You think life without drugs is a bitch, but life with withdrawl is even more of a bitch. If you get yourself unaddicted you will find life to be a lot less of a bitch than it is when you suffering from cronic withdrawl.

Please don't encourage people to become addicted to nicotine by saying it helps them cope with life, it only makes things worse.

Well said-

But that's the reason I read this blog.

Well, I have a great idea...I formulated it a few years ago but don't have the finances to fulfill it...but hey...I'd love to do it...just for the hell of it!

Open a 'smokers only restaurant'....decorated with fine timber, leather, brass and chrome...a special section for cigar smokers...cognac of the highest quality...food of equal quality...and service beyond reproach. For those non-smokers who wish to partake...a special area will be set aside for them, outside underneath the air conditioner outlets...to the side of the wheelie bins!

I gave up about ten years ago - I did it because I figured it was better for me for fitness, health and not carrying too much of a smell. That is, it was my decision and not a decision that nobody should smoke - I didn't become a zealous convert.

I guess I'd stay with personal choice on this, unless we decide through the political process that tobacco should be banned the same way as we ban other things.

And yes, it is true that nicotine does help people through some tough times. Let the smokers decide if they want to carry the downside.

YAY! Thanks Adrian, finally someone who smokes and isnt apologising! (me=smoker too)

I dont smoke around children (including mine), nor around people who are eating, and am always concious of standing downwind of non-smokers. Im concious to the point where if i know im seeing my bf (non-smoker) i wont smoke before hand. All so as to not offend them or cause discomfort.

When will non-smokers do the same for me? Like not commenting on how its bad for my health, how its a stupid decision, that its disgusting?

And thankyou sooooo much government who takes the tax from my purchase and uses it to fund ads that tell my 5 year old that mummy smoking will make her die.

I think it is fairly safe to say that research has proven that smoking is not very good for you. You are either very lucky or you are manipulating the facts about your health to overcome the cognitive dissonance you feel from performing an action that is now socially unacceptable. Don't feel bad it is a common strategy for most people.

As far as I am concerned the wave of legislation changes we are currently riding upon is indicative of the changing attitude towards the act itself and reflect the view of the majority of Australians.

I would suggest that you would be better served finding an alternative strategy to occupy yourself during the quiet hours you face at work. I agree that it will be difficult to quit when so many of your peers suffer the same addiction but the quality of the final years of your life will improve substantially. Another positive to quiting would be not having to pay all that money in taxes that you complain about - who knows you might find yourself with more money than you know what to do with!

When all is said and done the worst thing for smokers is that they stink, and don't even know it! I am sure your customers would appreciate a car that smells a little fresher too.


"self-obsessed junkies receive more government empathy than smokers"

Smokers are self obsessed junkies, note your list of absurd self justications.

You are just pissed off that you are starting to be treated like the junkie you are.

You're allowed your opinon, Harry....we still, fortunately, life in a democracy. I think the exhaust fumes from cars and trucks are just great, too....and as for chocolate...well, one day it's good for you...the next it's not...and as for red wine...boy! Give me a glass of good red...that's good for me...two...well, I'm not sure...but dangit! I'm going to have another one, anyway...as I light up another ciggie! My choice...and there was my brother who lectured me throughout his life on the evils of smoking...he who never, even as a teenager tried smoking...and he died at 55 from a vicious throat cancer which killed him within 6 months. And he was a man who kept himself fit...ate correctly...drank in moderation....yep...didn't frequent places where he was subjected to passive smoking. Life is strange!

You're allowed your opinon, Harry....we still, fortunately, live in a democracy. I think the exhaust fumes from cars and trucks are just great, too....walking in front of a moving car is bad for you, too..and as for chocolate...well, one day it's good for you...the next it's not...and as for red wine...boy! Give me a glass of good red...that's good for me...two...well, I'm not sure...but dangit! I'm going to have another one, anyway...as I light up another ciggie! My choice...and there was my brother who lectured me throughout his life on the evils of smoking...he who never, even as a teenager tried smoking...and he died at 55 from a vicious throat cancer which killed him within 6 months. And he was a man who kept himself fit...ate correctly...drank in moderation....yep...didn't frequent places where he was subjected to passive smoking. Life is strange!

The double post is because I made a correction...sorry! :)

I'm reminded of an old German chap who worked for me in Charters Towers. He took up smoking as a 9 year old during WWII and, in the late nineties, then aged well into his sixties, he developed emphysema and finally gave up the smokes on doctor's advice. He died about a week later, poor sod. That last week must have been hell.

This double standard of turning smokers into social pariahs while raising revenue is nonsense. If the government had any balls it would simply ban the sale of tobacco products. There would be much wailing and gnashing of teeth but you'd all get over it eventualy and, importantly, probably feel better for it.

"There would be much wailing and gnashing of teeth but you'd all get over it eventualy and, importantly, probably feel better for it.
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Yeah, just like we all got over the banning of alcohol, marijuana and opium products. How are those bans working out by the way?

Sure...of course they are, Yobbo! Governments make too much money out of tobacco to ban it completely! God! If they could find a way to legalise marijuana...don't you think they would? They've been trying for years and years to find a way...they just don't tell us that! Let's not keep our heads in the sand too long! I hate gritty eyes! ;)

As someone who has lost a relative to lung cancer, I'm happy about the graphic ads. Maybe, just maybe they'll make one smoker quit and therefore save a life. That's worth it in my eyes.

Oh Adrian, I'd love to allow you that indulgence - I certainly extended it towards myself.

I snuck downstairs to light up a fag after having the 2nd op to remove a tumour from my breast at the age of 33, only to find that my hormones had suffered a drastic alteration and my once 2 minute refuge from the stresses of the world, had become an instant source of something akin to chronic morning sickness, which still remains today.

Major bummer, but an idiot like I was, needed waking up fast and without the option of giving up 'one day.' You'd be so surprised how much energy you have when you don't smoke.

I guess the crux of the graphic images is to help put you off (an addictive habit) before it does do you harm, because one cannot always be aware of what is lurking around in yer innards.

I hope you give up soon because you owe it to yourself and your family to want to live.

Smoker here.

I think these new graphic ads on cig packets will lead to a boom in sales of nice silver cigarette cases. And perhaps a resurgence in roll-your-own cigarettes, which can be even worse for your health.

Wouldn't it be ironic if smoking became trendy again with young people because of the stylish accessories that will go along with it, like earlier last century.

Personally, all these anti smoking moves are just making me more determined to continue puffing away.

Smoker here, too.

Just haven't found the right time to quit. Life keeps getting in the way.

Adrian, your teeth are looking good, my man.


I considered this post a lot last night at work and wondered why I haven't addressed it before. Having smoked for so many years, the fags have always been a given in my life.

Just maybe I've subconsciously done this post to jolt me out of complacency. Yes, it's true I'm pissed off at the new labelling, as with the guilt trip from authorities.

And quite possibly I'm applying some 'cognitive dissonance'. Whether my rationale is absurb though is of course subjective. Self-obsessed junkie ? Sorry can't agree with 'self-obsessed'.

It's hard though to argue with, "I hope you give up soon because you owe it to yourself and your family to want to live". Unfortunately there's an element of fatalism in my attitude as I gamble with odds of even money on my life.

And I do understand the tactic of shock advertising - I just don't want to be it's target !!

Ultimately I find all the comments worthwhile and just maybe I'll use the feedback to initiate some overdue change. As Kim says, smokers are always waiting for the right time. Stand by...

I smoked for twenty years, paying at first just a dollar a pack, then two, then three . . . six at the end, but I'd have payed more if I'd kept going. Why not? I was only killing myself. Sure, my teeth weren't bad and I could climb a flight of stairs without getting breathless and only got a touch of bronchitis every now and then, so it was going to take a long time. You want to smoke, go ahead.

But you stink. And your cab does, too. (Can't you smell it? Well, that's one of the effects of smoking: a reduced sense of smell, not to mention an impaired sense of taste.) And everytime I have to walk in the street behind you or pass where you're standing having your 'smoko' or pass through a 'smoking section' (as if the fumes were actually confined within it) I'm subjected to your habit and its undeniably toxic effects.

I don't think the new packet decorations are going to do much to help. Maybe a few people will quit, and that's fine. But it isn't really about you and your habit, it's about the unpleasant and the toxic effects it has on others. Non-smokers don't want to put up with it anymore and will happily forego any tax revenues in exchange. It's also about discouraging new smokers. Kids may be less inclined to find smoking attractive if its presented in a negative light. Marlboro packets, for example, up until now, perhaps, have been identified as the most well-known corporate branding image other than Coca-Cola and McDonalds.

Of course, if you ever do think you'd like to quit, I recommend Alan Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking. No scare stories, no hectoring. It just gets you past the misconceptions and myths ever smoker and every tobacco company uses to keep lighting up.

Hello,
Ran across your weblog (via smh hehe)and found it a great read. =)

I agree that the government is not spending a sufficient proportion of revenues receieved from tobacco taxation in actually preventing smoking. However, I will make the argument that part of the reason for the taxation is to discourage excessive smoking. This is stated clearly in your first resource.

Comparing smoking to other lifestyle factors such as increased meat consumption or even alcoholism is tempting, but inappropriate. Although only a relative minority of the population smoke, it has a much greater capacity to debilitate and cause disease when compared to even alcohol. http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/172_12_190600/mathers/mathers.html

I will agree that there are worse things out there. Also I do agree with the notion that the campaign hysteria is at least partially attributable to the underlying political agenda, to appeal towards the middle-upper classes who are generally less likely to be smokers.

Some interesting points...

"And everytime I have to walk in the street behind you or pass where you're standing having your 'smoko' or pass through a 'smoking section' (as if the fumes were actually confined within it) I'm subjected to your habit and its undeniably toxic effects."

Hear hear!

And on the subject of the photo of the mouth... I believe that's the result of advanced cancer of the mouth, not just grotty teeth.

"And everytime I have to walk in the street behind you or pass where you're standing having your 'smoko' or pass through a 'smoking section' (as if the fumes were actually confined within it) I'm subjected to your habit and its undeniably toxic effects."

here here!

too true. as an ex smoker i agree totally.
more about the waft of smoke on the breeze than the individual choice to choof. i saw a baby 'smoking' it's mother's 2nd hand smoke the other day, made me want to slap her...(the mother..) what are we, total morons here?
if you concentrate while you smoke, you can actually taste the chemical cocktail the tobacco is soaked in...mmm yummy.

http://www.quit.org.au/browse.asp?ContainerID=1636
http://www.ash.org.uk/html/regulation/html/additives.html
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/smoking/chemicalfactory_00508.htm

(found you via new york hack.)coowel.

Smoking... it's a hell of a topic for discussion - I'm late with it but hey, sue me ;-)

"Please don't encourage people to become addicted to nicotine by saying it helps them cope with life"

I didn't see Adrian really doing this as such - just stating a fact. The fact also that this IS practiced readily enough out and about in our society (still) by others who DO use smoking as a 'crutch', says more for certain pockets of our society and their take on smoking then say Adrian's for example.

I work in remote Aboriginal communities - smokes and alcohol would have to be the two biggest products sold out of shops in these places. They come before food and clothes in most cases too. It's a way of life in these communities, as they're addicted already. Whether this is simply learned behaviour or addiction as such - I think the line blurs on this one, a day in the life of some of the people I work for can be a VERY long day indeed, and one of the few pleasures THEY have - from THEIR perspecitve - is a smoke!

You want me to penalise them even more by ostracising them just that one step further... nup - life's tough enough for some of these people, sadly other things will kill them before the smoking does... it doesn't help it's true - but when you have nothing else to aim for - again it's important you understand this is from THEIR perspective, not yours - what does it really matter?

Those I know who smoke, do so outside in a smokers lounge area. Their habit, and we happily cater for it. It's not our place to make life decisions on their behalf, it's not something they'd listen too until they wanted too anyway. God has more then enough things to worry about then getting upset at me for impersonating him on this subject - it's still a personal choice in this country at the moment, rightly or wrongly... and a person should NOT be 'persecuted' for exercising their right to choose.

And no - never smoked in my life, and simply I choose not to take my little fella to venues where smoking is prevalent - I too get to exercise my choice on this subject. We still have the right to choose right? Regardless of all the beatup over the subject - smoking hasn't been outlawed in this country, and as much as ciggie butts all over the ground get right up my nose, I can't deny a person his or her right to choose... people died protecting this 'Right' (to have 'fair' choice) for people in this country. This isn't a Dictatorship. Just my humble opinion... for what it's worth.

Now, about this business of making a GOOD choice in your life... well, that's a whole new topic now, isn't it? ;-)
Cheers

Well said Belongum, there's a lot to be said for tolerance, compassion and understanding. That you as a non-smoker can demonstrate these qualities is a credit to you and your work in the communities up there. More power to you.

You can be the smartest most intelligent person in the world but if you smoke you are a fool. As an ex smoker ....believe me for your own good.
An interesting aside. I don`t mind tobacco smoke. My daughter worked in a bar for a while. I used to pick her up at 2am. I had to wind the car windows down....her clothes (and her no doubt)stunk that badly.

I smoke. I'm a vegan. Boy, would I like to digress a little and start up on carnivores but I will restrain myself to the topic du jour. (One thing I can't refrain from: if you eat a lot of meat, you smell bad too :)

Back on topic, after Dana Reeve died, 'they' could not link the cancer to anything in her life so they said it must be due to her being in smoke filled venues when she was a young actress. 20 years ago.

It is not well known, but there is virtually no research going on into any other causes of lung cancer now.

The final day comes for us all. Some will have lived more fully, loved and lost alot, been happier and sadder than most and some will have been puritans the whole time & missed out on a whole bunch.

I know what I want and I know what WJD.

That means "what Jesus did."

Forget Puritans and fanatics of any stripe.


Jesus smoked?

Even if he didn't have a smoke at hand, I'm sure He'd have enjoyed one while being a 'wine-bibber'.

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