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  1. phuh knees

    phuh knees said, over 5 years ago

    I see a refreshed market emerging for cigarette cases…

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 5 years ago

    @phuh knees

    You got that right.
    Yeah, I think investing in cigarette cases right now would probably pay off.

  3. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 5 years ago

    Cigarette Smokers ought, as a class, to be put on the top of the Darwin Awards. The problem is that cigarettes don’t generally kill you until AFTER you breed.
    The 20% of Americans who are still so dumb as to smoke aren’t going to be effected by any warnings, however gruesome, on their cigarette packs. And as far as dissuading youngsters not to start the habit, I suspect the fact that smoking is mildly dangerous is one of the things that ATTRACTS teenagers to the habit. ( I say mildly dangerous, since smoking isn’t really dangerous until you’ve been at it for awhile. And teens always suppose that they will be able to quit when they want to, or figure if it kills them at 40 they will be too old to care. )
    They think it is nobody’s business but their own. They are oblivious to the burden to their country imposed by 440,000 premature deaths a year, and the medical costs born by all of us through our insurance systems for treating all the people diseased by tobacco. This of course is the nature of the immature mind, to never consider the effect of one’s actions on other people.
    About 20% of Americans presently are so weak, so careless about their future, or so selfishly inconsiderate of their fellow men as to continue to smoke cigarettes regularly. No government propaganda is going to change that, I suspect. Putting pictures of patients in the hospital alcoholic ward on bottles of liquor is not going to prevent alcoholism, either.
    The only hope is that the great tyrant fashion rears its almighty head at last and declares smoking to be just so uncool that a teenager would sooner wear a jockstrap on his face than go around with a cigarette hanging from his mouth.

  4. person918

    person918 said, over 5 years ago

    ^I’m guessing you’re hoping smug self-righteousness is the key to eternal life?

  5. uh-oh

    uh-oh said, over 5 years ago

    Tobacco should have the same status marijuana has. Personal consumption would go down so much that smokers would actually feel the effects of the drug. Some smokers might even give it up. Filters would not litter sidewalks and streets. Smugglers could diversify.


  6. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 5 years ago

    I have the solution. Electric motorcycles and no-helmet laws.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 5 years ago

    @Doughfoot: You need to think of this differently. At the risk of offending some, I would remind you that everyone is born with “free will”. No one is to “require” you to take any specific action, not even God. Humans have never really understood that concept but it is still true. You may try to educate and influence others actions -such as the new ads on cig packs – but it is still a personal choice. SO SHIFT thoughts here. The insurance industry is a FOR PROFIT business that employes millions of people. Those that engage in high risk activities are charged a higher premium and so are NOT a cost to the general public UNTIL you have government stepping in to “save” them from themselves. Government regulations DO cost you money. If a smoker is dying of cancer, why do you insist on trying to save him/her? Other than pain killers (yep I agree with O) they SHOULD reap what is sown. And no, being dead does NOT impose a burden on anyone. All associated costs are nullified by death. More of everything for everyone else, don’cha see. OR is it that you – one entity out of BILLIONS – seek to impose your will over others because you are so much smarter than the rest of us? That’s something even God doesn’t do.
    So the disclaimers: I don’t smoke now but did have a 2 pack a day habit for 10 years that I dropped at age 25. I love God but have NO use what-so-ever for religion. God operates on the KISS principle, something religions do not understand.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 5 years ago

    I smoke Cigars Thank God!

  9. MirandaN

    MirandaN said, over 5 years ago

    I agree with DoughFoot, regardless of how smug his post might have been. Smoking affects more people than simply those that smoke them. I don’t choose to go smoke, but I used to have to sit in a smoked filled room when I went out to eat or out for a drink (until Illinois recently passed a law prohibiting smoking in public buildings). I don’t mind that some bars have chosen to get special permits to allow smoking, I can choose to not go to them. But I also didn’t choose to breathe in my mom and dad’s smoke. Also, I don’t think Doughfoot mentioned anywhere that people did not have free will, but in fact was complaining about resources used to influence our free will. @Bruce4671 Not all costs are nullified by death. When a patient with lung cancer dies- his/her hospital bills, and any other late costs due to inability to work- they don’t disappear. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and it doesn’t just evaporate either. The families (not just monetarily, but, most importantly, in other aspects), the hospital, the companies, our goverment (medicare), etc… they all still have to account for the cost.

  10. Lucas Foxx

    Lucas Foxx said, over 5 years ago

    Wake me when they put diabetic amputations on Happy Meals or diseased livers on booze.

  11. tcity

    tcity said, over 5 years ago

    Nobody ever brings up the Millions of dollars of tax revenue that the goverment gets from smokers every single day. If they only knew how to spend it properly…

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Subliminal doesn’t work as well on addiction. Graphics aren’t much better with a population dulled by “reality TV”, that isn’t even close to the real world. Now if they started putting some of the stuff in cigarettes that they put in meth and crack, oh, wait a minute— they DO!

  13. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being smoke-free for 33 years.

  14. Jade

    Jade GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago


    That is a very interesting viewpoint.

  15. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 5 years ago


    How funny. I thought the point of my posting was that self-righteousness never accomplishes anything. That no amount of preaching will overcome self-centered stupidity. Smokers aren’t malevolent or evil. They’re just destructive and dumb
    If you see people hitting themselves on the head with hammers, are you being self-righteous to point out that it’s a dumb thing to do? If you see people weaving their cars through traffic at hundred miles an hour, are you being self-righteous to point out that they are endangering and perhaps hurting more people than themselves?

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