A Smoker’s Response
March 3, 2011 § 4 Comments
First of all I am a Senior at Auburn in the College of Engineering. In addition to that, I am an active tax payer, an active member in the Auburn family and community, a musician, a brother, a son and to many a friend. I try to live my life by the Golden Rule, do to others as you would have others do to you. Now, I like to smoke tobacco. I find that it helps ease the stress of a heavy course load and also after a cigarette, I am able to derive the patience and serenity to put up with unjust things in the world outside of my control. Among all those things I have told you about myself, I am sure that there is something you found out about me that perhaps you see in yourself. With that being said, am I so different than you that I cant so much as inhabit the same classroom with you, or be around small children if my clothes smell like cigarettes? I found that comment horribly offensive. Also, are we such second class citizens that our apparent ignorance and self interest is deserving of your pity? A resounding no! Despite what many of you seem to believe, we do know the effects of smoking on ourselves and others and we do not need your blatantly obvious reinstatement that “smoking is bad and if only someone would tell smokers that they cant do it anymore then they would quit and in doing so we’d pay the national debt, end the war in Iraq, and shit lollipops for the rest of our lives.” In closing, if this is to be a fair debate to both sides involved we have to abandon the idea that banning smoking is the “right” side and that we smokers must overturn the current agenda if we wish to keep our freedoms. Finally remember that “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities.