April 28, 2020

Samuel, Belgium: “The joy I get from smoking a pipe while my ideas wander is priceless”

“I have no problem with others lecturing me but I forbid them to make a decision that is mine and mine only…” READ ON →


As a Belgian, I particularly enjoy our heritage and history in the form of tobacco and cigars from the Semois valley. I also sometimes smoke pipe with pleasure. It’s a bit ridiculous in these times and at my age, but the happiness provided by a good old brown tobacco carefully smoked on my terrace, while my ideas wander, is priceless.

It doesn’t matter how people look at me. It doesn’t matter if it’s bad for my health: I have no problem with others warning me and lecturing me but I forbid them to make a decision that is mine and mine only. I smoke from time to time because I like it, just as I sometimes drink a good bottle of red wine or a good glass of whisky. But I am not an alcoholic and no one cares about my drinking. Why shouldn’t it be the same for tobacco?

Why should the paternalism of the anti-smoking lobby take over from the smoking-industry lobby? I am an adult, I am responsible, I am free to make my own choices and take responsibility for any consequences, and you are neither free nor legitimate to impose your choices and rules on me.


 


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