HOORAY SUZANNE - you said it!
J & S Finnegan wrote:
> On Sun, 25 Jan 1998 09:51:21 -0400, Eric <nsraot at nospam.netcom.ca>
>> >ellen at spam.free.at.last wrote:
> >> I can tell you anecdotally that I've had healthy houseplants all my life
> >> and have been smoking for over 40 years. (And I'm also healthy, btw. :-) )
> >Fortunate you. I spend my life working on tobacco issues and the cruel
> >facts are these: (i) cigarette company products kill one out of every
> >two long term users; (ii) those from developed countries who die from
> >their smoking lose, on average, 16 years of life; and (iii) half of
> >those killed by cigarette company products will die in middle age, with
> >an average loss of life of 23 years.
> >While we all know anecdotally someone who has smoked for a long time and
> >appear well, they are by far the exception. I hope your luck holds out.
>> I am not now a smoker, I have never been a smoker, and I have no plans
> to become a smoker. I am quick to point that out because I know some
> people are so caught up in the heady feeling of moral superiority they
> get from castigating smokers left and right that they are incapable of
> hearing anything that comes from a smoker--and, if perchance they do
> hear a line or two over their feigned gagging and shrill demands to
> "put that cigarette out right now because the smoke is just too close
> right out here in the open air, and BTW do you KNOW what you're doing
> to your lungs??!!", they write it off as the pathetic rationalizations
> of a sick and evil person intent upon killing everyone in sight very
> slowly with their little death sticks. Please! One does not--as such
> people assume--have to be a member of a tobacco lobby or a smoker to
> find that kind of behavior rude, uncalled for, and suggestive of a,
> well, of a *lack* of some kind that must be assuaged by claiming vast
> superiority over an easily-hit scapegoat.
>> Perhaps a bit of time working on their personal inadequacies would
> take away their need to beat up on smokers, or perhaps a bit of time
> spent listing and thinking about their own bad habits might make them
> a bit more tolerant of others' foibles. Of course, this is by no
> means certain, as it is notoriously hard to get that sort of person to
> admit to any faults at all.
> Eavesdropping, list-making, misanthropic, paranoid insomniacs
> do things right if they're let alone, but the strain of
> pretending to like people will destroy them every time.
> (Florence King)