Give Me Liberty Pt. 2

 Give Me Breath


Sentiments from other smokers, as voicing their opinions as spoken by those of right to choose to smoke. Just as no portion of society should dictate on this subject. As people have the right to not be forced to breathe second hand smoke. Those who choose to smoke has just enough right to smoke.

Nothing hard about both sides having what they want and those opposed does not have to be near. Consider everything as a PSA along with voices from whose opinions matter as much.

Such a touchy subject true with a family member dying from the habit and other loved ones so distressed going through hardship. But to bring grief and turn to total distain for others is not civil. I can think of examples of behavior that consider offensive and inappropriate to others. Yet, We can go back and forth of the effects yet nothing is going to change what one person chooses to do with their life. The opinions of those below was spoken by individuals yet taking the liberty as the one statement is common feelings of many others.

But different people often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to anyone if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. So sayeth many.



All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


If you see someone smoking, don't walk up to them and complain, go away from the smoker. You could even politely ask the smoker to relocate. Also in most instances will ask do you mind if I smoke. Consideration works both ways.

You can go on about how bad it is for your health, but let me pose a question. What do you think would happen if there was not a single person in the nation that smoked, or drank alcohol for that matter? The government would lose its mind. I wouldn't even be surprised if they lifted the ban on smoking ads for television.


Many people consider the things which government does for them as social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.

Earl Warren (1891 - 1974)

Due to the wild variation (anywhere from one or two cigarettes per day up to several packs) an "average" isn't very informative. If everyone quit smoking tomorrow, health care costs would go down for a couple of years and then climb to about 10% above what they would have otherwise been. Here in the States, that would be an extra $200 billion or so annual cost to the economy. Of course that's not an argument for smoking, but it's an effective counterpoint when people try to strip away freedoms on the basis of arguments about dollars.

This is a subject of Taxation by the Federal and State Government against the citizens of the United States. Does the Government provide the citizens and thus the Tobacco users a Fair representation in the Taxes mandated by Law? I have seen many Tax increases over the years concerning Tobacco. I have never seen the accountability of those Tax dollars from the collectors.

I am a smoker, and I have no desire to quit. All if you whom are against it, stop and think a moment, without the tax dollars from revenue the government is lost. Therefore your taxes would go up if there was a complete ban. The money from tax dollars goes to schools, medical, roadwork etc. Why not impose a non-smokers tax see how it feels.

People get off your high horses, smoking is not the blame to all, why don't you look to the way they are raising animals, the chemicals that are now induced into foods etc. They pump chicken so they grow faster etc. And your worried about second hand smoke. Really pathetic. Your feeding your children worse, with all the fast food chains.

Smokers have rights too, however they are slowly being taken away. So much for freedom!!!! I personally believe that there should be smoking only establishments, with signs on the doors saying enter at your own risk!! Guarantee you the establishment would be reaping in a mighty profit!!

It looks like state governments are as addicted to cigarette taxes as smokers are to cigarettes! If not, why wouldn't they ban such a dangerous product?

No moral system can rest solely on authority.

 A. J. Ayer (1910 - 1989), Humanist Outlook

The problem is, it is nobody's damn business what I take into my body. Rat poison or cigarettes. Keep your hands off my body! It is a supposidly free country, but don't try to sit in your back yard smoking a joint, or they will arrest you. The only reason that cigarettes and alcohol are still allowed is that they can collect these "sin" taxes on them. It is time to take the government out of our personal lives. It's time we wrested control of our bodies back from the government.

I am sorry i dont know how to put this lightly but what people do to themselves is absolutely nobody elses business but there own. You going to tell them to quit smoking what do you think they will say? You look at smoking wrong. Look at it like this its a recreation, its lesisure time. Indeed its a luxury. People feel good when they smoke and in exchange they trade their health. Whether you do not, but others enjoy it. Understand?

Some Tax form Tobacco was said to be for Childs heath care!! What is that about? I think it was the last $ 1 (one dollar) tax increase by the feds. Why should smokers pay for the health care of children when that burden should be carried by all. What is and continues to happen is a backdoor prohibition against smokers by the government and next door neighbor. A smoker should be able to live free in this country without the burden of unfair taxes or a second class citizen.

Any individual already has the right to choose death, this is where conservatives get lost. You can take my cigarettes but I can still hang myself or use a gun. If I want to die younger rather than be poked, pricked in a hospital bed until I'm 90 so a corporate hospital can get rich milking my social security, medicare dollars then so be it, it's my right. Conservatives always think that corporate can be more right than any individual and they are always proven wrong in the long run. Give me life, love and the pursuit of happiness through "liberty" or give me death because I may seek it!

After quitting smoking still the issue still bothers me. Places most definitely correct to have no smoking zones. Others should have them also if they so desire, how nothing wrong having a place for a smoker to do as they have the right to. Still no reason to deny someone an area to live life as by choice but to discriminate against others, Bottom line a matter of perspective, those who feel to dictate free men and women to do as they please is denying God given right. Agree or disagree, does not matter to me.

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