My dad is even funnier. Remember those white face masks from the SARS era? He carries one of those inside his bag. Whenever he encounters a smoker inside the elevator, he will put the mask on. I can tell you this makes the smoker really uncomfortable.
Last edited by photobum; 11th October 2008 at 02:45 PM.
How about reverse psychology, we pretend to love the 2nd hand smoke so much we put our faces in front of them and start to "inhale deeply" with a big smile.
Reverse psychology doesn't work on smokers who are high. We may even send them the wrong signal.
if automobiles were not invented, the motor engine was not even present. would everyone have any public transport to take to work?
can you walk to work? the answer is yes. the difference is the degree. but should the soldier who ran away 50 steps laugh at the soldier that ran away 100 steps?
Using the line of extreme examples, we can't chastise people who dump toxic materials into waterways, since they can argue that boats pollute the waterways with their oil discharge also?
You are right on the part of the difference of the degree, I am trying to bring into the intention of our actions and how much control we have over them.
Last edited by ahbian; 11th October 2008 at 03:29 PM.
but if you're outside, just walk away. sure, he's inconvenienced you, but similarly, the developing countries of today are being inconvenienced indirectly by the developed countries - who consume a lot more oil and produce a lot more pollution. we share the same planet - it's the same concept.. but because everyone's doing it, people have ceased to care.
i understand that we all aspire to try to change the world in our own way - i'm not saying that you should stop, but an acknowledgement that people have their own individual needs, and a temporary compromise should be reached.. that should be the way to go.
i'm actually more than happy if smoking was banned altogether.
Cool, i get your point now. The issue of choice- both in choosing the right one for yourself, and giving the chance of one to others.
Last edited by ahbian; 11th October 2008 at 03:39 PM.
I not sure I want to get into this debate, seeing the level of dogmatic replies (and therefore mind-sets) in this thread, but yeah, those face-masks, especially the N95s, will come in very handy on buses and trains, as well as near hawker centers and food stalls where TONS of people cough, sneeze and spit indiscriminately spewing hundreds of thousands of viral and bacterial carrying water droplets that we all have the honor of breathing in.
If there's one positive benefit of this thread, it's to remind us about how useful those face masks can be to protect ourselves since so many people spend their entire lives hell-bent on trying to infect everyone around them.
Ok, about selfish smokers, I don't see them as being any more selfish than the hordes of people mentioned above, in fact, they probably number a whole lot less. Also, smoke rises and dissipates a lot faster than water-droplets with a higher specific density so go figure which has the potential to spread a lot more diseases, and don't be lulled into false sense of security - flus KILL a whole lot of other things besides lives.
Ok, rant mode off.
its an addiction for most, in these lean times, some would rather not puff, & those who sell, will sell to anyone (regardless of age) as long as not caught.
allowing the sales of cigarettes for economic gains is far more selfish. if gum can be banned.... least the sales of cigarettes be sold with tighter regulations.
being too easily available makes it tough to enforce the age limit. den we'll hear "~ not possible to 100% check islandwide, all year round"...
I have yet to encounter any smoker living in my block who is considerate enough to extinguish his cigarette before entering the lift. All will continue to smoke inside the lift, making a mockery of the "No Smoking" sign. Some old people are even worse and simply do not give a damn when I cover my mouth in reaction to them smoking and continue to puff away
I will not hesitate and had refused one "uncle" from entering the lift because he has a lighted cigarette. He could choose between taking the stairs or extinguish the cigarette. After some verbal abuse, he chose the stairs.
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