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As a non-smoker, it is my belief that nicotine is a drug.

Not only does it demand regular, expensive satisfaction, it is highly addictive, poisonous and robs humans of their ability to enjoy a long and healthy life. It causes them to break laws designed to protect others and permits them to pollute the atmosphere and their surroundings.

There is no other explanation for the behavior exhibited by some smokers.

  • They smoke in places where it is forbidden, including the grounds of hospitals which treat people with respiratory disease.
  • They smoke in enclosed spaces, such as cars, forcing everyone else in the same enclosed space to breathe their smoke.
  • They smoke near children, exposing them to the harmful effects of passive smoking.
  • They smoke in bus shelters, which exposes everyone to the harmful effects of passive smoking.
  • The cigarette ends are a litter menace, attaching themselves to shoes and blowing around in the wind.
  • The same cigarette ends cause fires in grassland, forest and homes when discarded unsafely or dropped.

This is why nicotine is a selfish drug.

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Sailorchronos wrote on September 9, 2015, 4:08 PM

Agreed on all points. I lost my mother, father-in-law, and a dear friend to smoking-related cancers. I know people who smoke around their children as if it were no big deal. I find it very hard to respect people who willingly poison their bodies and spread poison to everyone in their vicinity.

AliCanary wrote on September 12, 2015, 3:39 AM

And isn't it crazy that's it's perfectly legal? There is definitely something wrong with the human race.

WordChazer wrote on September 12, 2015, 5:52 AM

What bugs me the most is that if I opened a bottle of wine and started swigging from that at the bus stop, I'd be arrested. Yet wine only harms me at the levels I drink it. I don't go around picking fights or trying to drink and drive. A smoker is not only harming themselves, they are also spreading that harm to others in the vicinity. My young colleague has a constant cough. No sign of anything nasty. But if she grew up in a house with a smoker, or is currently living with one, that could be your answer, right there.

AliCanary wrote on September 12, 2015, 2:54 PM

Kids who live with a smoker in the house are MANY times more likely to develop asthma and other chronic respiratory difficulties. It's basically child abuse to smoke around kids and should be treated as such.