Yup...major problem that few people relate to themselves. The most common disclaimer is, "I don`t smoke....but...."
It isn`t about smoking. It isn`t about tobacco, and it isn`t about
sales. It`s about which comes first---cause, or effect. It`s about the
nature of reality, and it`s about freedom and private ownership.
Smokers, gun-owners, overland truckers, teachers, and many other
"groups" are under attack these days. Mostly, I think it`s because of
an overriding and narcissitic belief (feeling) that nobody is
personally responsible for their own actions and choices.
If that`s true (it isn`t, but suppose it is), then there "must be" a
reason that life has pain, suffering, misery, and damage. The "reason"
must be something other than their own actions and choices. To that
end, society looks outward at groups of people who are "causing" the
misery and pain.
"Junk science" and propaganda now are trusted more than
facts and actual evidence. Feelings are considered an accurate method
of determining truth and reality, and facts themselves are considered
Here`s an article on the reality of secondhand smoke
which is the foundation for all the ensuing laws against private
ownership, freedom of action, and so forth. It won`t change anyone`s
"opinion," and society will continue to make long-term decisons based
on nothingness and feelings.
As all this picks up speed, we`ll see more such groups come under
attack and regulation. We live in a world where the minority has more
weight than the majority, and so there are things like victim`s rights
organizations springing up, along with right-to-die groups, and so on.
Personally, I think this is history in motion. We`ll lose more freedoms
and be more regulated until eventually we`ll be in a socialist culture.
At that point, people will finally get around to reacting against it
all, and saying no to this kind of inanity. But not for awhile yet.