I’ve been accused in various places (not here) of hyperbole and overreaching in my comments about smoking. Or been threatened and told to shut up.
Too many claim smoking is a “rights and freedumb” issue, not an environmental issue or a form of assault upon those being forced to breath it. And little or no attention is paid to the rates of aggressive and violent behaviour amongst smokers compared to non-smokers. Or if there is attention, it’s usually aggressive and threatening. Thankfully there is a growing sentiment that all smoking around children should be treated as a form of child abuse. that abuse isn’t just smokers stubbing out cigarettes on children’s bodies. Smoking in front of anyone who objects should be illegal.
This week in Connecticut, a smoker named Paul Ferguson shot and murdered Della Jette and her brother Sterling Jette Jr. They were the teenage children of his girlfriend, Danielle Jette. He had moved into the house only two weeks earlier. After killing the two kids, he shot himself in the head and died.
Why did Ferguson murder them? Because they complained about him smoking in the house.
Smokers are so addicted that they will ignore basic safety, believing “rules don’t apply to me”.
Belinda Coble of North Carolina died this week while smoking next to her oxygen tank. She lit the cigarette, and an explosion tore through the room, killing her. The fact that she needed pure oxygen to breathe didn’t stop her addiction, nor did explicit instructions not to smoke around pure oxygen. This wasn’t due to forgetfulness or being half asleep in the morning or evening. She didn’t care, she wanted that cigarette.