Don’t look now, but there’s a city council bill in the offing which would outlaw smoking tobacco while walking on New York City streets. First, it’s restaurants. Then parks. And now walking down the street? I say the new bill doesn’t go far enough! It’s about time we eliminated tobacco smoke from anywhere somebody who doesn’t smoke tobacco could be subjected to the stink.
I grew up with tobacco smoke. Mom puffed Camels. Dad, cigars. Predictably, I became a smoker at age 8 (albeit surreptitiously). By high school, I was buying packs. By college – cartons. One night in my junior year, I returned to my dorm after attending a class on a zero degree Cleveland night to discover I was out of smokes! Rather than brave the cold, I decided to quit right then. Forty eight years later, I still haven’t relapsed.
Now I totally hate cigarette smoke. If I’m following a “walker” down the street, I sprint ahead to be upwind of the stench. Let’s say a woman with 36DD’s (natural) and a big, phat booty, a 160 IQ, and a billion dollar trust fund says “Dollar! You da man. Be my man! I’ll show you a good time every night!” Just one downside: She smokes. “No thanks, honey.” Now you know how much I hate cigarette smoke.
I’m 100% for this bill not just because I hate tobacco smoke – but for an intellectual reason as well. Marijuana smoke is much less toxic than tobacco’s. If ya can’t smoke marijuana in the street, how come tobacco is ok? The answer is it’s not! Note to the gov: Ya wanna outlaw smoke. Be consistent. Outlaw all smoke. Not just some you think is a Class 1 addictive drug. Simple stuff. Alas, I’m blowing smoke here. Not to worry PTO! Speaking figuratively.