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Old 05-28-2016, 04:43 AM
 
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Something that baffles me:

Our society is hellbent on banning tobacco smoking from all public and many private places. Smokers are made to feel like criminals.

Yet at the same time we are hellbent on legalizing marijuana.

And it is often the same people screaming for both. I don't understand it at all. I must be old, because every time I turn on the news or talk to a stranger for more than 5 minutes or read a blog, I just want to scream...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0VNHe5fq30

This is something we agree on... it doesn't make sense-

the vile smokers are treated as lepers and marijuana is treated like "organics"
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:49 PM
 
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This is something we agree on... it doesn't make sense-

the vile smokers are treated as lepers and marijuana is treated like "organics"

You're right, smokers of cigars, cigarettes, and marijuana should all be treated as lepers. Eaters or tobacco or marijuana I don't have a problem with, since they are only affecting their own bodies. I think exposing people to second hand smoke should be on par with bodily harm.
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Old 05-29-2016, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I just heard on NPR the other day that smoking rates have dropped considerably in the past few years (15% of adults), including a 2% drop in the last year. These stats were for smoking tobacco. I wonder if any of that has been offset by people smoking marijuana. My gut tells me no, but I'd be interested to see if it's actually true or not.
They switched to vaping maybe.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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They switched to vaping maybe.
Some have. Many others have switched to buying lower cost pipe tobacco and rolling their own. Sales of pre-packaged cigarettes may be down but people are still smoking.

Some, no doubt, like me are now refusing to answer the question about smoking when asked at the Dr.'s office, or lying. It seems that more and more Dr.'s offices are asking ever more intrusive questions and I'm fairly certain that it is being driven by insurance companies and the mandate of "Obamacare". New this year (at my Dr.) just this past week, in addition to smoking I was asked about seat-belt use and guns. I told them where to stuff those questions.

Years ago I used to joke about them making a law and fining people if they didn't wear a coat when the outside temperature went below a certain point. I was being sarcastic and facetious...now it seems less 'impossible'. In fact, with 'mandated' 'insurance' and/or socialized medicine, I see a very easy route to doing just exactly that.

People need to wake up and realize that all of this socialistic crap and laws being made 'for our own good' are stepping-stones to ever tighter controls and loss of personal freedom. We are going down a very bad road and we need to change direction before it's too late. There are too many people with whom this sort of thing does not sit well (particularly with those of us who have served and made the oath to "...protect and defend The Constitution...". Every infringement of our Liberty, even under the guise of 'protecting' us, brings us closer to the American Revolution, Part Deux. If it happens, it will be bad, very bad.
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