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Comment: Lao - To some, the cigarette is a portable therapist

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Lao - To some, the cigarette is a portable therapist

I'd rather my child smoke than be prescribed psychotropic medications for "depression" or because they are uncomfortable in social situations. Same goes for all the doctors prescribing amphetamines for "Attention Defict Disorder".

I'd also rather my child smoke than to drink alcohol.

People smoke for many different reasons and while there are clearly much better alternatives to smoking, smoking is not as bad as many people make it out to be. Smoking would be far less dangerous if the free market could offer cigarettes that were not regulated by the Government. The free market would demand that rolled tobacco be free of all the added chemicals that big tobacco puts in them.

If I'm not mistaken, the male marijuana plant does not produce THC so smoking it would not get you high. I love the taste and smell of marijuana but I don't like to get stoned. (I did when I was young but now it just makes me paranoid) I would love to be able to buy pot that I could roll up into cigarettes and smoke them. Its my understanding that smoking marijuana is no where near as bad for you as tobacco smoke.

Not everyone that smokes gets so addicted that they can't stop if they really want to.

My Dad smoked until he was 40 years old. He is currently 75 and does not have any smoking related issues.

People do all kinds of things that are dangerous and/or not good for them. People should be free to choose what they want to do as long as it does not interfere with someone else or cause others harm.

So many people think that the only way it can be said that you have "had a good life" is if you live until your 75 or 80 (or whatever) Some people may think that living until 65, having been able to enjoy each day in the way that they choose...even if one of those choices is smoking a cigarette every few hours is a trade off they are willing to make.

Other food for thought:

The Suicide Rate Is Highest Among the Elderly
Work Kills More People Than Smoking
Prescription Drugs Kill Over 100,000 a Year (when taken as prescribed)
For a lot of people a cigarette is the only vacation they have.
Smokers the most interesting people at the table.