Monday, March 27, 2006
Get over it
I've always had a great affection for smokers - they're so faithful. Tobacco companies have lied to them for decades, spiked products to make them more addictive, manipulated research, danced around compensation suits until plaintiffs have died of smoking-related illnesses, even insulted tobacco users in confidential mailings - and still they keep on buying. Smokers apparently don't care how environmentally damaging Big Tobacco's production methods are, or how many dodgy political connections they have - smokers are very loving and forgiving people. So I always try to be kind to smokers.
As she so astutely identifies, Scotland's ban is not about the smokers themselves but those workers who might suffer as a result of the death wish of others:
Sympathetic headlines bemoaned an erosion of civil liberties, and I can see their point. Perhaps people should have the right to poison bar staff and waiters: some of them are very annoying. I look forward to articles extolling my right to purchase shoes made by children: children can also be annoying.
But the worse part is seeing the damage that smoking does to those who are addicted to the weed:
I'm tired of going to smokers' funerals. Being dead adversely affects their civil rights.How long do we have to wait now before Wales can follow Scotland and Ireland in banning smoking in the workplace?
Like everything else, until London tells us we can by the looks of it. C'mon AM's get a shift on!
I got smoked out of the pub last night - the only smoker in our group makes a point now of leaving the table for a fag (and goes and stands near the bar, which he probably shouldn't) but around 15 mins before we leave a group of three come to the table next to us and all start puffing away and all my clean clothes now stink to high heaven. I am so looking forward to the smoking ban coming to Wales.