Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Business Has Never Been Healthier

It was two years ago when I first reported noticing that restaurant and bar smoking bans where I lived accomplished exactly the opposite of what angry critics to those bans had predicted would happen if smoking bans were enacted.

Instead of bars and restaurants losing business due to smoking bans, people started flocking to bars and restaurants after they became smoke-free. Becoming smoke-free is a boon to businesses.

But don't just take my word for it. It's already been shown that smoke-free ordinances did not have a negative economic impact on the hospitality industry in Wisconsin, and now Kentucky businesses are reporting the same positive results.

Just more proof that preventative smoke-free policies do work, and should be instituted nationwide.

Source: Smoke Free Kentucky

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Indonesia: The Tobacco Industry's BFF

Why should Big Tobacco worry about the decreasing rates of American smokers? There are plenty of other foolish humans to exploit worldwide. According to this news report, 66% of Indonesians smoke cigarettes, and many of them began smoking in early childhood.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Smoking: It Affects Your Brain

Here's more evidence to shoot down the myth that smoking helps smokers concentrate and makes a smoker more alert. In fact, the speed and accuracy of a smoker’s ability to think rationally becomes weaker, and smoking has also been shown to lower smokers’ IQ. But, don't just take my word for it.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Can You Slow Down?

Or has old Charlie (the tobacco industry, and all-time winner) stolen your handle?

Listen closely. The lyrics of Locomotive Breath use the imagery of an impending and unavoidable train wreck as an allegorical portrayal of a man's life falling apart. I think these lyrics also best describe the lives of most militant smokers who refuse to quit smoking, or even attempt to slow down.

Quit smoking now or your life too will soon become a runaway train wreck.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Adios Smokers

Well, I've come to a permanent decision. I'm going to stop blogging about smoking cessation. I've grown weary of trying to help nicotine addicts who refuse to recognize their problem, and I'm tired of fighting against the insidious forces seeking to profit from smokers' addiction.

If you are smart enough to never begin smoking while in your youth, kudos to you on recognizing that nothing good EVER comes from a nicotine addiction, and for recognizing that many people whom you "think" are on your side are actually trying to exploit you. You've done yourself a tremendous favor.

However, if you've decided to begin smoking or continue to be a smoker, I sincerely feel bad that you've relegated yourself to being tossed into the "exploited" bin by almost everyone. Statistically, you're doomed to suffer from your addiction for the rest of your short life, and you don't even care.

And you know what? I'm tired of pissing into the wind.

If the tobacco industry has successfully targeted you, your family and your "friends" have failed you, and many in the rest of society considers you their pocketbook to self-enrichment, who am I to try to convince you otherwise? You're on your own as far as I'm concerned.. but I wish you the best.