By Kenneth Justice
~ “It has nothing to do with health Kenneth! Everything is so clear now, they simply want to control us! They are like the goody-two-shoes kids on steroids; they simply want to rule us with an iron fist!” he said
Yesterday I had coffee with a good friend of mine. A pack a day smoker for years, this was the first time we had coffee together and I didn’t smell smoke oozing out of his clothes, “I haven’t smoked a cigarette in more than a year!” he said, “I started smoking an E-cigarette a year ago and I loved it! I still smoke the E-cigarette but I slowly decreased the nicotine levels and now I smoke a mixture that is entirely organic and doesn’t have any nicotine! I simply still enjoy the occasional act of blowing the water vapor, but now that there isn’t any nicotine in what I’m smoking I’m finally free of any potential cancerous connotations” he said
Despite my friend’s happiness over no longer smoking cigarettes, he is pretty pissed off, “The city I live in passed an ordinance banning E-cigarettes!” he said, “So even though there is no study that even suggests E-cigarettes are bad, and even though I’m not even smoking nicotine anymore; the thought police have banned them in my city! So the whole anti-smoking crowd has showed their true colors; it has nothing to do with health Kenneth! Everything is so clear now, they simply want to control us! They are like the goody-two-shoes kids on steroids; they simply want to rule us with an iron fist!”
I don’t know a lot about E-cigarettes, but I do know that since they are actual tobacco leafs there is no longer any tar that is sticking to your lungs which is the main thing that doctors have linked to cancer. Whether there is any other negative health connotations with E-cigarettes is up in the air.
—-) We do know that fast food is REALLY bad for you; should we ban it?
—-) We do know that soda (Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc) is REALLY bad for you; should we ban it?
—-) We do know that foods with white sugar in them are REALLY bad for you; should we ban it?
My friend made a good point; it does seem like the people who are banning E-cigarettes are doing so NOT on the basis of health studies; but simply because THEY don’t like the “act of smoking”.
Emotions affect a lot of areas of life. People let their emotions rule their beliefs, thoughts and actions. Emotions are why it is difficult to convince people to leave a religious cult; they are emotionally connected to the cult and have a tough time simply breaking off their relationships.
Emotions are why it is difficult to break off from friends and family members who are toxic. One of the number one things people talk to me about is their toxic relationships; friends and family members who drive them crazy, yet cutting off people we are close to can be difficult even if they cause us stress and depression.
A massive war is being waged in the Middle East yet again. The President of the United States has made the decision to continue the never ending war and what concerns me the most is that I don’t understand what the goal is that the U.S. is attempting to obtain. How much of this ongoing war in the Middle East is connected to emotions? Is the United States choosing the most rational course of action or is the President merely acting out of irrational emotions? I simply don’t know.
My Uncle Bob always told me that before we pass judgment we should always ask ourselves if we are mistaking our own particular tastes upon others. He was a chef so he was often talking about cooking, but I think the point applies well to E-cigarettes; just because you don’t like smoking doesn’t necessarily mean you should judge others who use E-cigarettes…..right?
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning, and I hope you don’t judge for the fact that I LOVE coffee,
Categories: Culture & Society