Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Smoking, at 100

Story: "An iron-lunged pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigerette from a candle on her birthday cake.

Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old - and has got through five a day ever since.

She has no intention of quitting, even after the nationwide ban forced tobacco-lovers outside.

Speaking at her 100th birthday party Winnie said: "I have smoked ever since infant school and I have never thought about quitting."

That is dedication.

In other news, we have 2 presidential canidates deciding that we need a national ban on smoking. Not like that would be an egregious breech of personal freedoms, or anything.
Hilary Clinton: "Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, "Well, personally, I think so. And that's what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do.""
Mike Huckabee would support a national ban on indoor smoking as well. This is unfortunate, I expected more from a republican canidate.


Mercy Now said...

I saw an article that an employer fired people who are smokers at home a yr ago and now one employer is doing the same w/ obesity.

So yah, we should also ban obesity, people shorter than 5', not athletic, not good looking...and using cell phones while driving, fine people for displaying religious symbols but not for people burning the flag.

Gino said...

i miss the old days, when sex was dirty and smoking was cool.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

We have a smoking ban in the UK and I think it is great. It means that I can go into a pub without coming out stinking of cigarettes. It makes going to pubs so much more of a pleansent experience.

God Bless


Palm boy said...

Mercy, it does make sense for employers who are liable for health insurance to have certain health qualifications for employees.

But for the government to do that, its some entirely different.

Gino, if you say so.

Matt, I am ambiguous when a ban comes to a smoking ban on public land, such as in a court or public office, but to extend that rule onto a private establishment seems nothing short of tyranny.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

If having a more pleasent experience at pubs and restaurants is tyranny, it is a tyranny that I welcome and many other customers also welcome the tyranny of smoke-free air.

God Bless


Palm boy said...

"So this is how liberty vanishes.
To thunderous applause"

I think we'll agree to disagree. :D

SolaMeanie said...

I think I know why smoking has such an attraction for some people. It smells like hell, and some people are homesick.


Palm boy said...

*cracking up*