October 2, 2008

Young Smokers in France...

I don't know what it is... I don't like people smoking around me.. cuz it REALLY gets on my asthma... and I detest the odor... But... when I see a young person (teenager) smoking a cigarette, I just want to go up to them and say, "What, are you all of 12 years old? You're too young to smoke, what are you thinking?!!"  Not that there is an age one SHOULD smoke.. it's just that these are KIDS, for Pete's sake... Don't they know what they are doing to themselves???  Anyhow.. That's what I feel like every time I see a young smoker... 

6 comments:

Katie said...

I feel exactly the same way. All of those teenagers look like they are 10 years old and you think, omg how can they be old enough to smoke?? I'm so happy public places in France have been smoke free since January...

debi_in_Hawaii said...

"Do you mind if I smoke?"
"Yes I DO!"
"Ma, this is HIS office!"
"yeah, but these are MY lungs, let him go kill himself, not me!"

(from Made in America one of my favorite movies)

Animesh said...

You touch on something close to my heart Leesa.

My points:
1. I share your sadness. It is sad to see young people darken their lungs

2. Smoking is a different problem than drinking specifically because of the effects of passive smoking, which in my mind is as harmful an unintended consequence as drunk driving. So, how about laws against exposing people to passive smoke as strict as those against drunk driving?

3. All said and done, if someone wants to smoke and die -- I say let Darwin take his course! I would personally never force people to "stop smoking". Freedom of choice also includes the freedom to choose stupidly :).

Ron said...

ooops...I smoke!

But I'm a considerate smoker, in that I only smoke in my own home.

Sorry everyone...but I enjoy it.

Leesa said...

Katie--- I TOTALLY know what you mean.. It gets me every time I see a young person smoking... Anyhow... me too.. sooo glad they made smoking in restos and public places "interdit." It bugs me when people light up at the train staion or in the metro... more at the RER stations then the metros.. I don't know why.. but they even do it while standing directly in front of the NO SMOKING signs.. No respect of the rules.. Smells gross... Also, the ban is just for inside, so if you are a non smoker and want to sit outside, forget it!!! All the smokers are outside.. France STILL has a ways to go.. I tell ya!!!!

Deb-
Thanks for the pertinent quote.. YES, I MIND!!!!!

Animesh--Thanks for sharing your thoughts.. I do agree with you... I wouldn't force anyone to quit... ONLY if I knew it would work- Ultimately, it's every invidual's choice to make a BAD choice!!! Oh well.. But.. please do it at home.. not in public.. (Thanks Ron!)

Ron-- WHATTTT???!!!! I'm coming RIGHT over there and yankin' that ciggie from you!!! At least you ARE considerate.. but what about your OWN health... You do NOT NOT NOT look like a smoker to me.. Oh la la...

debi_in_Hawaii said...

Go ahead, Leesa...go right over there and give him a BIG bare-okole spanking! And one for me while you're at it! AHAHAAAAAAA

P.S.: over here it's called "DIRTY LICKENS"

Try wait chya, Deb and Rowena gon' put in their 2 cents soon on dirty lickens LOL