Written by CATHERINE DeMARSH-HELLWIG Monday, 15 April 2013 12:04
I am sure I am not the only tobacco user who has heard from their doctor, their friends, or family, maybe even a few co-workers, “You should quit smoking.” Or, “Smoking is such a nasty habit.” Or the million and a half dozen other nasty little comments which non-tobacco users say to make you and I feel self conscious of our tobacco use. My personal favorite, “You know you are slowly killing yourself, and with every cigarette you smoke you, you cut X number of minutes off your life and put another nail in your coffin.”
Well I am not sure about what you say to these people, but I tend to answer them generally with a sweet smile and the same, “I smoke to keep the homicide rate down. And when I can’t smoke I will use my Swedish snus. Just realize harassing me about my tobacco use could be hazardous to YOUR health.”
I have written several articles for SnusCentral.org about how our government has become more and more of a ‘Nanny State.’ In general, I've addressed how much tobacco taxes they have charged us, health issues they have blamed on tobacco, such as urination incontinence. How our tobacco tax money, which we are told is to be spent on anti-tobacco advertising, tobacco related health issues, and half a dozen other anti-tobacco issues, is borrowed against and instead, spent on pet projects of the various politicians who claim to be in office protecting all of his or her constituents.
Funny how I as a tobacco user find they are happy to tax the hell out of my “pursuit of happiness,” and in turn, tell me my rights to that happiness is killing me and the children of the world and is slowly being taken away.