Health risks of tobacco

I like Carla’s comment at Theodore Dalrymple:

Unless you live in a cave somewhere in the wilds of Tibet, you have been thoroughly educated concerning the health risks of tobacco usage. That being said, if you are an adult and choose to smoke, you accept that risk. The risks associated with steamhouse sex, and recreational drug use have also been widely publicized. Again, if you participate in such behaviour and accept the risks, that is well and good. But please, if your chosen lifestyle results in some unpleasant problems down the road, don’t whine. And don’t ask me to pay for your self-inflicted pathology. Besides, we have our hands full combatting sugar, salt, transfats, obesity, lethargy, illiteracy, institutional ineptitiude, cat litter, non recyclical plastics, diminishing ozone, and a rapidly enlarging carbon footprint.


Francis ‘Frantic’ C. McCann began her lifelong tobacco addiction at the age of nine. On average, she smoked eleven large cigars every day of her life. Sometimes more. Nevertheless, Francis lived and thrived, until her untimely death at the age of fourteen. She left a very small carbon footprint. Her brother, John John, ws as thin as a rail, never smoked, was abstinent, and was a committed vegan. He died at the age of 31, struck by a pickup truck being driven by an itinerant faith healer near Tuscaloosa Ala. while jogging. Talk about social justice.

2 comments for “Health risks of tobacco

  1. July 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Except that Carla, in her many comments, talked out of both sides of her mouth.

    Take the two comments you’ve cited here:

    – From Comment 1:

    ‘… don’t ask me to pay for your self-inflicted pathology.’

    – From Comment 2:

    ‘ … Her brother, John John, ws as thin as a rail, never smoked, was abstinent, and was a committed vegan. He died at the age of 31, struck by a pickup truck being driven by an itinerant faith healer near Tuscaloosa Ala. while jogging. Talk about social justice.’

    So, what are we to think about Carla’s opinions? This is part of the problem with online comms. Someone as ‘subtle’ (I use the word advisedly) as Carla either has to indicate sarcasm or say she’s sitting on the fence with each foot out well into opposite sides and can’t make up her ruddy mind. She didn’t make sense at all.

  2. July 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Addiction is a problem and it comes in so many forms, mental as well as physical. Philosophically, it seems also to be a problem for libertarians.

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