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Do You Look Down on People Who Smoke?

Living 2011/09/09 11:00:00
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Did you ever cross the street to avoid a smoker? We have. So it shouldn't come as a huge shock that many Americans hold people who smoke in a lower regard.

One in four people say they respect a person less when he or she smokes, according to a recent Gallup poll, vs. 14 percent in the 1990s, USA Today reports.

Former smokers aren't any kinder. Even among current smokers, 5 percent have less respect for tobacco users. Seems a little hypocritical, doesn't it?

What's worse, 19.3 percent of the U.S. population still smokes. That's a lot of people. And not only are they addicted to something that might kill them, they're being looked down upon as a result.

Are smokers the new fat people?

On the bright side, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week says that, among daily smokers, the percentage who smoke 30 or more cigarettes a day dropped to 8 percent in 2010 (down from 13 percent in 2005).

That's an improvement, but we still have a long way to go. And looking down on people for smoking isn't really going to help solve the problem.

Do you judge people for smoking?

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  • Jo 2011/09/09 11:20:37
    No
    Jo
    +16
    What kills me is every single I-hate-smokers out there usually utters the statement while holding an alcoholic beverage---which is every bit as potentially dangerous; those are the people that I hate:))

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  • Moose 2012/10/22 06:57:00
    No
    Moose
    absolutely not. As a cigar smoker myself I can't look down upon them. But really, I see it as a life choice, if someone wants to enjoy smoking, why should we stop them? The tobacco industry helped build America, people have been smoking for ages, and now that the surgeon general says there is a risk involved, we forget our past and decide "well we know better than they did, so now it is evil and every puff of smoke you take kills 20 kittens". If you want to smoke, go ahead, if you don't want to smoke, don't smoke. But for the love of God don't press your own preference on another (and may I remind you, the non-smokers do this relentlessly, where smokers rarely try to get others hooked).
  • Ken123 Moose 2013/05/05 22:12:16
    Ken123
    I find it hard to believe that the American public is so ignorant so as to believe that tobacco is the villain it is made out to be by the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Basically tobacco is being used as a scapegoat for all the other polluters in an attempt to draw the heat off their sins and be a revenue harvester for state and federal government. If smoking was guilty of all the so called experts claim it is, then they should be able to independently prove it beyond any doubt. Since government feels free to tax it to off set the cost of medical care of smokers the revenue harvested should be placed into a lock box and used only for that purpose only. not in SCHIP or any other program that politicians desire to spend it on.
  • mm61675 2012/07/25 18:13:08
    No
    mm61675
    My mom was just diagnosed with PAD in her toes because of her 30+ years of smoking so she is now struggling really hard to quit
  • Ken123 mm61675 2013/05/05 22:21:29
    Ken123
    mm, I would be willing to bet sight unseen your mom suffers from insulin resistance. Insulin builds up in the endolithium, causes inflammation which allows plaque build-up in her arteries and subsequently symptoms of PAD. Have her request a insulin test through her doctor, if it's too high, above 5 have her work on getting below 4 and watch the difference.
  • MissDiva 2012/01/15 04:07:30
    No
    MissDiva
    +1
    No! I feel bad that they are killing themselves. Yes, I find it annoying when walking on a sidewalk and through clouds of cigarette smoke, but I know that its hard to quit, and I wish the best for them.
  • Ken123 MissDiva 2012/06/24 04:48:53
    Ken123
    +1
    Do you feel bad about walking around in a cloud of auto exhaust fumes?
  • Jay98 2012/01/03 17:31:58
    Yes
    Jay98
    i think 'how pathetic are you to choose peers over your own health'
  • Ken123 Jay98 2012/10/28 00:12:33
  • Elephant Lord 2011/10/26 00:58:48
    No
    Elephant Lord
    I don't look down upon them. Bit I sometimes avoid them just to avoid the awful stench. I can't believe there was a time when you could smoke in airplanes! :-P
  • Ken123 Elephan... 2012/06/24 04:54:18
    Ken123
    +1
    Are you aware that cabin air got worse after smoking was prohibited in airlines and more and more are now getting sick for lack of bleed air being introduced to the closed system?
  • Ashley Hopkins 2011/10/19 20:32:56
    No
    Ashley Hopkins
    i smoke.
  • Peanut 2011/10/16 14:04:48
    No
    Peanut
    No, but I do look down on drug addicts, which includes pot heads, drunken morons and bigots.
  • shindogg 2011/10/12 04:40:22
    Yes
    shindogg
    i hate the hell outta people who smoke! i dont need to die of cancer, emphasema, stroke or heart disease just because they want to.
  • Ken123 shindogg 2012/02/25 16:39:56
    Ken123
    +2
    If you're a consumer of High Fructose Corn Syrup, either willingly or unwillingly, you are headed in the same direction as a smoker,
  • shindogg Ken123 2012/06/18 09:53:45
  • jere.chievres 2011/10/11 19:00:02
    Yes
    jere.chievres
    I feel sorry for them, My Mother and Grandfather both died of lung cancer.
  • Ken123 jere.ch... 2012/02/25 16:42:27
    Ken123
    +2
    The Graveyards are full of nonsmokers that died of lung cancer and other cancers as well.
  • jere.ch... Ken123 2012/02/25 16:49:21
    jere.chievres
    SO? Whats your point other than defending smoking. whit is stupid in the extreme?
  • Ken123 jere.ch... 2012/05/05 14:38:01
    Ken123
    +1
    My point is the same so-callled healthy people are allowing themselves be killed by government lobbyist who push substances for profit over their health:

    http://mercola.fileburst.com/...
  • Ken123 jere.ch... 2012/06/24 05:00:55
    Ken123
    +1
    Sorry for your loss but, the doctors have not proved that cigarettes cause lung cancer. Many other elements contain carcinigens identical to cigarette smoke such as burning charcoal, fuels such as gasoline, diesel, pesticides, and food additives.
  • cuteri97 2011/10/11 01:11:50
    Yes
    cuteri97
    +2
    i hold my breath when i have to pass someone smoking. i hate it so much
  • Ken123 cuteri97 2012/02/25 16:43:44
    Ken123
    Do you still drink soda?
  • Sarah 2011/10/10 02:36:17
    No
    Sarah
    +2
    Considering I smoke myself, it wouldn't be right. And it's not right to judge someone on a bad habit that they have. As long as it doesn't hurt someone else. And yeah, you can smoke and not hurt someone else. Like, don't smoke around other people.
  • asiah l... Sarah 2013/07/18 11:16:16
    asiah lanae
    +2
    but think about it. your putting chemicals to the air.... even if you dont smoke around other people, your polluting the air with smoke .
  • Sarah asiah l... 2013/10/27 23:00:13
    Sarah
    Just because there is smoke in the air doesn't mean it won't dissipate. People burn leaves and that smoke can also be harmful but the smoke goes away. Fireworks exploding puts chemicals and smoke into the air, but that dissipates. If someone doesn't smoke around others, it'll be okay. It rises anyways. Away from people. Away from the ground.
  • Ed Ochs 2011/10/04 03:53:14
    No
    Ed Ochs
    +1
    the smoke sucks...but the people are ok
  • jere.ch... Ed Ochs 2011/10/11 19:01:10
    jere.chievres
    True
  • Ken123 Ed Ochs 2012/02/25 16:46:56
    Ken123
    +2
    I agree, they are people just exercising their Creator giving right to use one of many of his creations
  • siara many 2011/10/01 21:58:38
    Yes
    siara many
    +1
    because they r stupid
  • La 2011/09/28 15:32:23
    No
    La
  • ScoutLdr 2011/09/27 22:33:17
    No
    ScoutLdr
    +2
    It's their choice to smoke or not. Freedom allows one to make bad decisions about what one eats,drinks or smokes.
  • Ken123 ScoutLdr 2011/10/01 16:39:31
    Ken123
    Are your health decisions limited?
    http://articles.mercola.com/s...
  • jere.ch... ScoutLdr 2011/10/11 19:01:58
    jere.chievres
    NOT IN MY HOUSE EVER!
  • Ken123 jere.ch... 2012/02/25 16:51:25
    Ken123
    It's your choice and I'll respect it. Just won't visit there for any length of time.
  • Abel Lewis 2011/09/24 19:41:56
    Yes
    Abel Lewis
    +1
    Yes. Because I don't smoke. I'm a Christian.
  • Ken123 Abel Lewis 2011/10/01 16:40:42
    Ken123
    +1
    Abet, Google Christ and Incense.
  • Abel Lewis Ken123 2011/11/30 15:50:19
    Abel Lewis
    Jesus Christ is never smoke cigarettes. Don't tell about anything about Jesus. I know what he did and didn't do.
  • Ken123 Abel Lewis 2012/01/14 17:50:25
    Ken123
    +2
    Excuse me but Christ never was boastful
  • Abel Lewis Ken123 2012/01/21 22:32:59
    Abel Lewis
    I didn't say he was boastful. I'm saying he never smoked cigarettes.
  • jere.ch... Abel Lewis 2011/10/11 19:04:12
    jere.chievres
    What does religion have to do.with it? Just askino not against any religion.
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