About Amy Umble:
Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
A smoker’s ‘rant’
Two postings last week focused on the harms of smoking. For another point of view, that of the long-time smoker, we offer this e-mail reply. It arrived Saturday from a reader who goes by the name of SassyToday. He or she is unhappy with her smoking habit but resigned to it and tired of being preached at. The capital letters are in the original.
“I am 50 yrs. old. I’ve been a smoker for 40 years. I’m not DEAD yet, but I NEVER advocate smoking for anyone! Smoking is nasty…it SMELLS, it’s harmful to health in EVERY way… even mental health. I’ve worked in healthcare for years. I would NEVER encourage anyone to smoke ANYTHING. I know firsthand how horrible it is, but I TRUELY hate seeing all you “superiors” judging the smokers. HONESTLY, if I drop dead today, does that affect you? You would MISS me? I’m not on your healthcare policy, driving your insurance rates up. You don’t have to BURY me. You don’t even know me, and I do not EVER smoke in public places, only outside and in my own home. Have I ever invited you to my home?
“This smoking rant is just funny now. I have no healthcare, after all my education and jobs, I BARELY make enough to buy cigarettes. I will spare you the rest of my rant. YOU sound like my 21-year-old (non-smoking) daughter. She HATES smoking. OK, I did SOMETHING RIGHT, she doesn’t SMOKE. I’d love to stand on YOUR soapbox for a few minutes, you superior people. After smoking 40 years, smoking isn’t the worst of what I have going on. You just keep on keepin on with YOUR rants. I’d love ONE time to see ONE of you reporters get REAL about YOUR stuff. I know this is HEALTH NEWS… but I’m so TIRED of being bitched at and prosecuted for SMOKING. Yes, I WISH I could quit and I’ve tried. ONCE, I’d like to see ANY of you Free Lance-Star reporters get real, instead of preaching. I promise, I won’t blow smoke in your face.”