I know I’m not supposed to say this.
Our future is bleak.
We need to change the approach to smoking entirely. We need to stop telling kids not to smoke because it’s bad, and instead understand why they are thinking about trying cigarettes.
I became a smoker when I was 16, and I’ve lived with smoker-shaming ever since.
Smokers are in a constant state of denial.
I remember my first time. I mean, my first first time. It was my senior year of high school, and I’d done plenty of other things before, mind you. But this was going to be it. I promised myself.
As long as I indulge it, the craving for a cigarette will never go away. And I don’t want one cigarette – I want 20. And there is nothing cleansing in slow destruction.
I used to reassess my budget every time the price of cigarettes ballooned. “They’re $11 now? Okay… switching to one-ply toilet paper and ordering the $5 Miller High Life / Whiskey combo until my next paycheck comes. That oughta do it.”
I’m someone who prides myself on living a very healthy lifestyle. I abide by a healthy vegetarian diet, I rarely consume unhealthy foods, and I’m physically active. I do however; smoke cigarettes on a very regular basis. Not excessively, but a regular and hearty 5 or 6 a day. More if I’m drinking.
Tobacco Executive Tony Malroy, who controls the Benson and Co. Conglomerate – an entity that encompasses countless brands of cigarettes – has spoken out on unfair prejudices against cigarette smoking.