Why is cigarette smoking socially acceptable?
Why is cigarette smoking socially acceptable even though it's been proven to kill people, yet other substances that are medically beneficial, natural and can cure health issues, are stated as illegal and frowned upon?
I don't believe it is. I grew up in a house of very heavy smoking and I find it repugnant that anyone smokes anything. I'm guilty of even looking down on people who smoke as crazy. Most of my friends and family feel the same way. You can spot a smoker right away and just listening to them gives their bad habit away. The hoarseness, the coughing, etc. Hard to listen to day after day.
It might be socially acceptable overseas, but not in North America.
It is much less socially acceptable here in California now than when I was a young woman. Back then, every public place was full of smokers puffing away, while I had to go outside just to get a breath of air. I was the odd girl out then.
Now the laws have changed, and smokers have to go outside to indulge. A lot of former smokers I know have quit, and most people I know do not allow people to smoke in their house or car.
SJ...I'm afraid I don't agree that smoking is socially acceptable anywhere! In the past 2 decades, it's safe to say there has been an enormous movement on every front to kick smoking to the curb once & for all.
Smoking is "allowed" basically NOWHERE in this present atmosphere of the ANTI-smoking campaign. Laws have been established that totally BAN smoking in or near any public facility. A flurry of PSA appear everywhere, TV ads, billboards, newspapers, magazines....they're seen daily & non-stop.
Smokers are boldly made to feel, unwelcome, socially rude & unacceptable & basically "stupid" for indulging in such a nasty, unhealthy habit that can even effect non-smokers by 2nd hand smoke.
As for the "medically beneficial" smoking you mention, things are changing in this regard. Legislation has relaxed and more & more States are allowing the manufacture, sale and use of medicinal marajuana. In no time it will be Nationwide that this beneficial herb in it's purest form is decriminalized.
See, I've found that marijuana smokers are the ones who are looked down upon and thought of as stupid, while the same people who think/say those things will ignore and pass by a cigarette smoker "accepting" what they are doing. Thanks for your input!
Most people I've met seem to consider both to be stupid. But I tend not to associate with the people who consider those actions to be intelligent.
I'm not sure what you're talking about as I've seen smoking to be extremely unacceptable in my area.
The worst reaction I've seen to a smoker was when a woman opened up her car door, tobacco smoke pouring out, and then went in the back to get her two very small children out of the car. There wasn't a person in line of sight that wasn't staring angrily and disgusted.
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