But the story doesn’t end there I’m afraid. It has been my experience that most people who drink also smoke, or at least use tobacco. The new laws have hurt some businesses, such as bowling alleys, restaurants, and bars. Their business has fallen off dramatically. The non-smokers have not taken up the slack that their smoking customers have provided since Sir Walter Raleigh first lit up and then sent a boatload of the evil weed back to England. Smokers have staid away in droves. The appeal of an evening out bowling, eating, and drinking isn’t gone, but the call of this smoldering sin is too strong. They want to enjoy all of these things with the comfort of a burning tube of paper and dried leaves wedged between their lips. Is this so Un-American? Remember when some people in this country decided that we should give up alcohol altogether? Wasn’t that an unqualified success? We turned everyday Joes into criminals, and gave criminals license to cater to their needs, resulting in dangerous booze, rampant murder rates, and unheard of growth in organized crime. Well, we tried to make things better, and only ended up making things worse. It reminds me of a recent war that we still find ourselves engaged in.
Now, make no mistake about it. I am one of God’s most wretched of creatures. I am a tobacco user. Not just cigarettes, as society deems ugly but acceptable, but cigars, snuff (or smokeless tobacco as the industry prefers to call it), chew, and if that wasn’t bad enough, I smoke a pipe as well. Yes, it turns out I’m awfully fond of my tobacco. I’m not a bright man, but even I know that tobacco, in its many forms, is simply pure poison. Not even Philip Morris can deny that any longer. The stuff will kill you, slowly, but it is death nonetheless. The reason that tobacco tends to wake you up is that your body is setting off an alarm that it is being poisoned and sets you on “full alert”.
The fact still remains that smoking and drinking seem to go hand in hand. Scientists have done studies as to why this is so. It turns out that the alcohol makes the receptors in your brain use the nicotine to its fullest, thus, smoking is more satisfying after a few cold ones. It just tastes better! It “feels” better! And, damn it, the last one was so good, that I think I will have another. So after a drink, or two, we smoke more, adding one more layer of tar to our lungs, and increasing the risk of a hangover, or even worse, cancer. I know this to be true. I have quit so many times, and I always come back to tobacco. Why you might ask? Was it peer pressure? Was it an ad campaign that made it irresistible? Was it to “look cool”, so I could nail some sweet young honey? No. I had a couple of beers and missed the wonderful feel of the smoke filling me with its heady appeal. There are very, very few things in the world that can even come close to the scrumptious flavor of good Virginia burly being burnt and inhaled. 1. A really, really good steak. 2. A good beer that is very cold, when you really need a beer. And 3. P*ssy. It is a short list. I’m sure smarter people than me could suggest things that didn’t make this list, but I am a man of simple pleasures and simple thoughts, so I leave the list as it stands.
The whole point of the article, I guess, should be WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T START USING TOBACCO! IF YOU USE IT NOW, STOP!
But for the rest of us, can’t we agree that, regardless of its dangers and expense, isn’t it tasty?