Greenville, South Carolina
Smoking is by choice, just as is, pre-marital sex, drugs, abortion, religion, and life in general.
Yes, but people can be influenced to do these things, especially children and teenagers, even sponge-minded college students. The way college students work is that they are constantly surrounded by knowledge and one article can change their life. I've seen it first-hand.
These issues will, no matter what, always be around, always was, always will be....and no matter how badly some people wish to control others...
I don't know Lee. Television and films have changed drastically over the last 50 or so years. I've studied film history and the rate and degree of change is staggering. The amount of sex, language and violence in a film from the 40's was almost 0% and the amount of said elements in today's films is a percentage too high to calculate. The decline of wholesome films was rapid and there are no signs of a turnover. The only "wholesome" films you'll find today are children's movies and even those have adult innuendo that a film from the 30's or 40's wouldn't. Someone does need to control the garbage that goes on the screen today; instead of focusing on cinematic smoking, they should be concerned with more pertinent matters.
I tell you true...smoking and especially second hand smoke is not nearly as bad for you as they would have you believe.
No disrespect intended Lee, and I mean that to the fullest definition. But, as a smoker, I'd expect you to say that. And again, I mean no disrespect; I'm merely speaking my mind. I think cigarettes are very bad for the human body as well as second hand smoke. I've seen pictures, Lee, comparing smoker's lungs with non-smoker's lungs and the differences are radical. Let me give an example. I grew up with an alcoholic father, me and my three other siblings (I was the youngest). My brother and sisters as well as myself, vowed to never drink because we saw the damage and we had the bad memories and experiences. My brother, who is now in his 20's, drinks and is an alcoholic. All of the sudden, he doesn't remember the bad childhood memories or any of it for that matter. He doesn't think our father was an alcoholic nor does he think alcohol in excess is bad for you. I don't wonder why he thinks this way. Because if he condemns the alcoholism of our father, he'd be condemning the alcoholism of himself and he's not ready to do that.
As a matter of fact, and I had to laugh, Channel 6 news reported the other week, new findings about smokers. There are fewer and fewer smokers with cancer, then there are non smokers with cancer???? Hmmmm?
This bit of information intrigued me. I think I have an answer as to why this is so. After a hundred or so years of humans beings exposed to cigarettes, we are developing a tolerance to it. It makes sense. What do you think allergy shots are? The doctor injects small doses of the allergens into your system to build your immunity to them. That's my take on it at least.
And by the way....This Thursday I am 54 days without a cigarette.
That's great! I have nothing against smoking, I've even been looking to getting a pipe (call me a Tolkein wannabe). But I do have problems with people thinking that alcohol and cigarettes and drugs don't affect people because they do.
And I'm not promoting smoking, especially children...but regardless, the more you make of a thing, the more people want to try it...yanno.
I agree. If you say to a child, don't open that door, don't open that door; don't you dare open that door. They're going to open the door.
It's like teaching kids the do's and don't's....more you harp on it, the less you control....and you cannot control anyone's actions, but your own, and even that is a challenge some of the time....
True. It's all about good parenting. I'm not a parent, nor am I in the position to be a parent for a very long time (nor do I currently have a desire to bring a child into this awful world), but I think I have a general sense of it. "If you starve a dog, the moment it sees food; it's going to overeat." I've always liked that little credo about parenting.
Thank you very much for your reply Lee, it was very insightful, and I hope I haven't crossed any lines. I'm really trying to do less and less line crossing.
Have a good one.
Head Cheese & Chicken Feet
[This message has been edited by Edward Grim (05-15-2007 10:05 PM).]