I smoke cigarettes. I started smoking when I was 19 years old. I really don't care what people think of the fact that I smoke. When I am out at a club or restaurant or whatever, I respect people's right to not breath in my smoke, and I smoke only in designated smoking areas. I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is when I'm out somewhere and I am told that smoking is not allowed at all. I can see smoking not being allowed in some places, like hospitals and schools, but to not allow smoking in bars and restaurants, like they are trying to do in Boston, is just ridiculous.

Smokers are one of the most heavily taxed consumers in the country. Every time the government wants to pay for some ridiculous new idea, they tax smokers and say it's "done to protect the children" or to provide some new program for children. Here in Massachusetts they passed a new cigarette tax a couple of years ago that would pay for expanding the State provided health insurance to "Underprivileged, uninsured children". This in a state that has an $800 million revenue surplus this year. The federal government wants to add a tax of $1.10 to $1.50 PER PACK to cigarettes. Their reasoning for this is that it will "Keep cigarettes out of the hands of kids by making them too expensive". If that's the case, then every adult smoker should be able to deduct from their income tax, dollar for dollar, any taxes paid on cigarettes. After all, children don't file tax returns. But that will never happen, because the government is not interested in keeping cigarettes out of our kids hands, they just want the money! The government is going to make sure that only rich people can afford to smoke. See, it's the Morality Nazis again. Big Brother doesn't think we should smoke cigarettes, and since they can't make cigarettes illegal, they will make them unafordable.

Check out some of these links to Smoker's Rights groups.


Forces USA

Smoker's Home Page

The Smoker's Club

National Smoker's Alliance


Friends of Tobacco