2008
09.08

When it’s slow at work I smoke more than I ordinarily would. Mostly to kill time and break up the boredom. And so I’m outside smoking and this lady says, “Look at this traffic?”

As I start to reply that I thought it was insane too (Third Ave. was closed for a street fair) she says, “And you’re smoking! What are you doing to yourself?”

I say: “Wishing for an early death.” She didn’t know what to say. It was beautiful. Stopped her dead in her tracks.

I am so sick of people telling me and lecturing me about my cigarettes. It’s like, I don’t drink, I don’t do any drugs, and I eat healthy, usually. I don’t even bite my nails. Leave me to my last vice.

Just because someone sees me smoking and they may be deeply opposed to it that does not entitle you to tell me your personal opinions. You don’t see me running up to people and telling them to go get on the pill, have abortions and support stem cell research or to drive hybrids, stop using plastic, buy organic and throw out their air conditioners. But, no. That would be rude; all those things are a person’s choices that I don’t want to take from them.

I have a television and internet and antismoking propaganda has been shoveled down my throat for YEARS. It would be different if I didn’t know smoking was bad for me (mental bubble: “no way, cigarettes are deadly?!?!?!?! Whoa.”) but I do know they are bad and I continue to do it. But here’s the beauty in that: It’s my choice, my addiction, my body and my legal right.

Bottom line: (besides take your anti smoking bullshit and shove it) mind your business.

  1. Its your body you can do whatever you want to it. Some people may not like it but its not theirs so they should not say shit!!!

    IF you were gonna be quitting and asking for advice that’s another barrel of monkeys.

    Gotta love come backs like that..

  2. I work at a convenience store. A while back, I was outside enjoying a smoke break when a man pulls into the parking lot, gets out of his car and says to me, “ya know, those will kill ya some day.” I responded with “yea, we’re all going to die sooner or later, and I’d like to think I could have worse addictions.”
    Three days later he returns to the store to purchase a fifth of vodka. I had all I could do to restrain myself, trying to remember that, unfortunately, I need this job and should keep my sarcasm to myself to avoid a complaint about my customer service skills. Someday he and I will pass one another in the store when I’m off the clock…

  3. The difference between smoking and buying organic, driving hybrids, etc. etc., is that unless you smoke in a secluded bubble, your smoking DIRECTLY affects other people.

    I have asthma, and I always get a little wheezy every time I pass by someone smoking a cigarette. It would be futile for me to ask them to be a little more courteous with their cigarettes because 1 – I live/work in New York City, and 2 – it’s their personal choice, who am I to judge them? Even if you’re a “courteous” smoker, and you make sure you don’t blow your smoke in anyone’s face and stuff, the disgusting, noxious cloud doesn’t disperse right in front of your face. It floats off and chokes anyone in the vicinity.

    So while I’m not going to scold you for smoking and “omg wut r u doin to urself?!” because it IS essentially your choice what you do with your own body, just be aware that you aren’t the only body you’re affecting, unless like I mentioned, you smoke in a bubble or you smoke in the middle of an open field in the midwest or some shit like that.

  4. It’s nobodies business what you smoke and when you smoke. You gave her a good lesson.

  5. arwen, im not trying to be a bitch, but I smoke on the edge of the sidewalk- a HUGE side walk. I dont intentionally or maliciously blow smoke at people and I feel bad for people with breathing problem. My little tde entry was just to point out the rudeness that people think is okay to dole out is not okay.