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Why is Smoking Ciggerettes So Unacceptable,and Drinking Alcohol is glorified?

Updated on April 10, 2015

Being a smoker,I have noticed that tobacco has become socially unacceptable.Then I watch Television and you see a group of friends, on the beach having a great time,with a cooler of Beer.I can't help but wonder why smokers have been Labeled as the Bad Crowd.?

I mean smoking doesn't impair your thinking the way alcohol does. We are not going to take someone's life by "Driving and smoking". We are not going to be talking slurred and walking sideways.

I am aware of the health concerns with smoking,causing lung cancer but isn't there an equal concern for your liver?

Being a mom, I did quit smoking during all my pregnancies.Although I admit I did sneak out to my sister in laws truck from the hospital room,after delivering my daughter,to smoke.

I also do not smoke inside the house,only outside,and it's always a rule for our guests to take it outside.

I do not drink at all, and my husband doesn't drink our children have never seen a bottle of alcohol except on tv.Or maybe at a friends house.

Vintage Ciggerettes Commercial

When did society's outlook on smoking change?

My grandfather's generation back in the 1930-1950s smoking was everywhere,television,magazines,and radio.

Back in this time period, you could smoke inside hospitals,grocery stores,and movie theatres

Some doctors would give there patients ciggerettes, seem crazy, well it was.

But of course this was before the Surgeons General Warning was discovered. They were not aware of the health risks involved.Smoking then was a very big part of socializing, along with drinking of course.

Things began to change on January 11, 1964, when Luther L. Terry, M.D., Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the first report of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health.

Then In 1970, Congress took their anti-smoking initiative one step further, and passed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio starting onJanuary 2, 1971.

December 10th 2004 a complete ban on smoking in indoor workplaces and in indoor areas of pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues was in effect.

This ban caused a lot of debate from smokers and business owners.

When it reached outdoors

Not only is smoking banned from inside all public buildings,it is also banned outdoors such As,hospital grounds,schools and aairports.

10 comments I hate from Non smokers

1."Have you heard,every Ciggerette you smoke takes 10 years off your life" (yes,I have heard this,about 1,345,789,000 Times

2."You know smoking causes lung cancer?" (Yes and every other cancer,illness,and disease you can think of according to the general public.)

3."Smoking makes your teeth yellow, do you know that?"(Yes, I do and you know coffee stains your teeth too.I smoke and drink coffee and use teeth whitening toothpaste.)

4." Hey do you know Smoking destroys your tastebuds"? (Chocolate still tastes as good as it did when I.was a kid)

5."A drinker says, hey you should switch to the New electronic ciggerette" (yeah ,and you should dump out that scotch and drink Some gingerale.)

6."Ciggerettes are expensive how can you afford to smoke?"(The same way people still drove their cars when gasoline was almost 4.00 a gallon.

7."Smoking is not lady-like" (neither is criticizing strangers)

8."Another nail in the coffin".(if all the Ciggerettes were nails in my coffin,then by now it is nailed shut, so I don't need to worry)

9."You would have more time if you didn't smoke."(Yes I would have More time,to sit and think about smoking, )

10."I used to smoke" type" I quit cold turkey I have been smoke free for 20years"(that's great I applaud you,not everyone wants to quit.)

Why is Alcohol so socially accepted?

Unlike smoking you will not find no drinking signs every 50 feet, nor will you find drinkers getting comments from non-drinkers.This boggles my mind how,Alcohol is treated as if it is not a drug and has no negative consequences. Almost every social situation seems to involve alcohol. How many parties are thrown without alcohol being served? How many people go out after work or on a weekend and do not drink? What holiday is celebrated without wine, champagne, or a cocktail of some sort? From happy hour, to fundraisers, to weddings, or any celebration,including children's birthday parties,excuse me when was okay to be smashed at a kids party?

Being someone that does not drink alcohol I am offended of the overuse of it.I wouldn't be surprised if one day you see alcohol for sale in the booths on the streets of Walt Disney.

Just for the record;This hub, in no way,Is promoting smoking or drinking

The intentions of this hub article are just looking at 2 very bad things Smoking and Alcohol and comparing them socially.

Smoking and drinking both, have a negative effect on your health and your life.And should be avoided at all costs.


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      Besarien 3 years ago

      I used to smoke between a pack and a half and two packs a day. Right about mid-nineties, I started to worry how much a slave I was becoming to my next cigarette. The honest answer really scared me. I found a way to quit using less than the recommended dose of nicotine gum. It only took about a week and seven chicklets of the generic stuff to break my physical dependence on nicotine completely. Psychologically, I still crave cigarettes occasionally but sort of like that urge that tells me how great a whole batch of brownies would taste, or how good it would be to stay in bed all day instead of doing what needs doing.

      Don't stop for public opinion, but if you want to stop for yourself someday, I'll be happy to pass along my cheap and easy nicotine gum weaning routine that worked painlessly and ended the addition for me. This goes for anyone else trying to quit too.

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      Laur 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Good hub Chuckandus6! As a parent of a daughter that did smoke for a short time, I can say that I was very disappointed when I found out. It took a few weeks before I knew, then after my husband and I suspected she did we came home to a garage smelling like Febreze. I think it took about a year before she quit, and all it took was for a few words from me about her grandpa having smoked for years and having the heart problems he did.

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      Nichol marie 3 years ago from The Country-Side

      thank you for your comments,nice having some people on my side lol

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well said and I totally agree with your point of view. I liked your answers to the questions...hilarious!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I happen to love your point of view on this topic. Beware of the PC police. They are everywhere. I'm not sure when America will wake up and realize that the most dangerous drug is alcohol. Statistics don't lie. Alcohol kills, plain and simple, so where are the PC police when teenagers are pounding Buds at home? When fathers have a couple beers after work before getting in a 2,000 pound automobile? Great topic and right on.

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      Nichol marie 3 years ago from The Country-Side

      I agree they keep taxing ciggerettes more than anything thanks for your comment,

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I can relate to this one. As a smoker myself, I've heard every pathetic comment in the book. You'd think with all the massive taxes they collect from smokers the gov. would actually encourage it. If not, then tell them to remove the taxes!!! Seriously, governments are treating smokers quite badly. There IS only one solution, remove the payment of your tax into the system, whether you continue to smoke or not. Voted interesting!

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      Greg Schweizer 3 years ago from Corona, California.

      Nochol, in reality there are a lot of people that don't accept drinking anymore than they do smoking. Both are bad habits when done in excess and without respect to others.

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      Nichol marie 3 years ago from The Country-Side

      I appriciate your point of view,and thank you for commenting, I think it really does depend on your point of view,my husband can't stand glade air fresheners he will complain.days after i spray it.

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      Greg Schweizer 3 years ago from Corona, California.

      I can still smell cigarettes outside and I can't smell alcohol inside or out. Not to where it is annoying or making me cough or affecting my breathing.

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      Nichol marie 3 years ago from The Country-Side

      if you are smoking outside,yes i would think you would smell alcohol about the same as ciggerette smoke.

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      Greg Schweizer 3 years ago from Corona, California.

      Do you breath or smell the booze like you do the cigarette smoke?


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