I haven't blogged about smoking, but today I'm recording a few thoughts and memories here.
have always smoked. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life. I felt more and more threatened by how society was spoiling my
pleasure. It's really all the fear-hype about passive smoking that's
doing it. The thought that the simple act of smoking a cigarette ALONE
in my own car might soon become illegal filled me with an almost
I feel threatened anyway by how
changes in thought-fashion have spoiled many areas of my life, so much
so, that, I sometimes feel I'm living in a strange and foreign place!
back to smoking. As a young mother, with friends, I can say we all
smoked. We smoked AND drank during our pregnancies. I can't remember any
child being born that wasn't simply a 'normal' child. At feeding time, I
lit up so I would stay awake and maybe my friends did too. I smoked
throughout my children's childhood. None of my five children had/have
asthma, allergies and such stuff and I don't think my friend's children
had either.All the children in my world seemed to do OK in school and
university too. I never knew anyone who had a 'cot death'. I can't say I
know of any of those friends who have died - of anything - not even of
anything 'fashionable' - we are all in our mid-sixties now. I smoked till a year ago - maybe they gave up, I'm not sure.
I refused to
feel guilty about doing something that was once considered pretty normal
because a bunch of other people have epidemiological studies that
'prove' passive smoking causes cot deaths, asthma and god know what else
- every illness known to man it seems! My scientific mind knows that
epidemiological studies are easy to bias - and that Big Pharma must be
making a fortune.
My own experience of smoking does not
feel as if we are actually living on the same planet - I have not met
these victims of passive smoking!
But of course, that's just MY experience.
Now I vape. I love it. It is my great pleasure!