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Smoking Is Not A Joke

June 14, 2013 12 comments

Today’s post is not going to be a rant about smoking. OK, it is – a little bit.

See, I got my hair cut the other day. The salon happens to be in a government building downtown. My husband and I were out doing errands together so he dropped me off. While I was waiting for him to come back, I stood outside the front, right where all the people come to take their smoke breaks. I waited in that area for about ten minutes, and in that time, I’ve never breathed in so much cigarette smoke in my entire life. They were everywhere – an entire block worth of smokers. I would’ve moved, except that I didn’t have my phone, and I’d told my husband that I’d meet him “under the flags”. Never again.

My thought process went something like this…

Wow, there are a lot of people who still smoke. Don’t they know that it’s bad for them? Of course, they do. It’s such a terrible addiction.

Smoking isn’t funny. It kills people. And I don’t like it. I’ve never pretended to think otherwise. That doesn’t mean however that I hate smokers, though my daughter might tell you different. “You shouldn’t judge people who smoke,” she says. Some of her friends do it, that’s why.

“I don’t hate smokers,” I reply. “I just don’t get it. I know it’s a habit that’s incredibly hard to break, but if you are a young person in today’s society, why would you even start? I can understand why my grandparents did it. They didn’t know any better. Besides, it’s not the smokers I’m angry with. It’s the multimillion dollar companies who sell this shit that really gets to me.”

It’s true. The worst part is the fact that there are people profiting in such a huge way off of something that is so bad. In my mind, I see the owners of these companies laughing their asses off, rolling in money, saying stuff like, “You stupid bitches. Keep on lighting up. How else am I going to pay for my 20,000 square foot house and my trip to Bali? Plus, I have a few new diamond watches that I have to buy this month.”

smokingBut whatever. If you smoke, I’m not going to tell you to stop. You wouldn’t listen to me even if I did. People are in charge of their own lives. Thank goodness, I am in charge of mine.

Some facts that you might be interested in knowing however…

Philip Morris International, Inc. is the leading tobacco company, with seven of the world’s top 15 brands, including Marlboro, the world’s best-selling cigarette.

They have a global workforce of more than 87,000 employees.

They admit that smoking is very addictive, and that it causes many serious diseases including cardio-vascular diseases, lung cancer and emphysema.

In 2011, Philip Morris International, Inc. had a net worth of 8.59 BILLION U.S. dollars.

Up until May 9th of this year, Louis C. Camilleri was the chairman & CEO of this company. In 2008, he earned $32,028,923, which included a salary of $1,567,308, stock awards of $14,151,6291, and non-equity incentive plan compensation of $9,450,000.

I’ll bet Mr. Camilleri’s house is stupendous. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t appreciate being played for a fool. That’s all I have to say about that.

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