Smokers are Stupid and Insecure

How’s that for a provocative title?!

Don’t worry, I’ll back up my incendiary title with some logic.

If you still smoke given the massive amount of knowledge we have about the health problems derived from smoking, you’re stupid. Stupid because there are at least 50 quit-smoking options that will help you stop. Stupid because you’re knowingly doing something that can cause extremely painful, slow death. Stupid because if you’re reading here, you’re probably an adult and you can’t blame foolishness of youth.

I’d dare say smoking is one of the more stupid things a person can do. It’s THE leading cause of cancer, emphysema, pregnancy complications, and heart disease. Last year I watched a 37 year old man die from emphysema… he had smoked since he was a young teen. I can tell you from being there at the hospital that it was a horrible, painful, slow death. His brain was fully aware of what was happening, but he was helpless. From the time he checked into the hospital (thinking he’d caught pneumonia) to the time he died was about 5 days. Five days of knowing he was going to die, unable to catch one full breath, in a cold sweat… wishing he could die faster.

That’s what smoking does. He seemed perfectly healthy up until the week he died. Sure, he got short of breath when he walked too far, but that seemed normal for a guy who was a smoker. He didn’t think twice about it.

Almost everyone knows at least one family member who has died from smoking. Yet here we go, puffing away like idiots. Sure, nicotine is addictive. Supposedly it’s among the most addictive substances around. But people quit every day. So basically if you say you can’t quit because it’s too addictive, you’re saying that you have less will power than all of those other people who quit. Hmmm.

And why do I say smokers are insecure?

Well, the argument could be used to prove insecurity AND stupidity. What smoker ever enjoyed their first cigarette? It doesn’t give you a high or mellow you out. It makes you cough, turn green, and sometimes vomit. Those are not things a smart, secure person repeats just so they can be accepted by the “cool” kids. A secure person would see other people taking their first drag and turning green, and they’d say “no thanks, I don’t like coughing and barfing.”

So if you started smoking in the first place, it means you ignored the disgusting first experience so you could be cool. That makes you insecure and lame.

You may have outgrown your insecurity…. but gosh darnit, you’re still smoking, so you still haven’t outgrown your stupidity.

Put down the cigarette, grab a stick of gum, and pray that your lungs can recover from what you’ve done to them.

  5 comments for “Smokers are Stupid and Insecure

  1. livieloo
    June 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Good advice Incredipete. I’ve recently quit cigars too.

  2. June 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I say legalise pot (and tax it heavily) but make it illegal to smoke it in bars and restaurants and then outlaw cigarettes! and, no, *I* don’t smoke anything.

  3. June 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I smoke. I came here with the idea that I was about ready to kick your ass. Virtually speaking of course. Because, I’m tired of hearing shit from uppity mother fuckers about smoking.

    On the other hand, I like you Incredipete and agree with you 99% of the time so….

    good post.

    You can still kiss my ass though.

    • June 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      Aggression – another sign of insecurity… 😉

      I’m kidding, of course.

  4. June 14, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I agree. Smoke makes me die. It hurts my breathing apparatus immediately upon exposure and if I stay in a smokey place for long, I’ll actually develop bronchitis. I had a grandfather that died the slow horrible death of emphysema. I cannot believe anyone who knew him would smoke of their own free will. His son (my uncle) is killing himself in precisely the same way. It is stupid.

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