Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

So I kinda feel like I own an apology for venting before you even get started on this one.


There you go. You've been warned... now enjoy and let me know your thoughts. Maybe I'm just extra grumpy and let things get to me more than they should. You tell me.

Here it is: I hate smoking. I don't personally hate the action of smoking because I don't smoke. I hate when others smoke. To clarify, I don't hate the people smoking, but I hate their unhealthy habit. Even more, I hate when I see parents, with their children in tow, smoking. Grrrr!

And yes, I just used the word hate 6 times in one paragraph.

I was shopping at an outdoor mall today and a grandmother, mother, and young son passed the kids and me in the parking lot. Both Grandma and Mom were puffing away. Son was meandering right beside them breathing in their toxic smoke.

In addition to this circumstance, we recently went to Disneyland. I was flabbergasted to see parents puffing away on their cancer sticks in the designated smoking sections with their kids standing in a smoke cloud right by their sides inhaling the same toxic fumes their parents exhaled. Sad.

And most horrifically, I drove past a woman, who was VERY pregnant and waiting at a bus stop...smoking.

Two things:

1. No one is perfect. Everyone has a vice. Mine is chocolate.

2. I just can't understand why parents would want to negatively impact their own health and the health of their kids. More importantly, studies show that children of smokers are more likely to become smokers themselves.

Who would want that for their kids? Most parents would jump in front of a speeding train to protect their kids. I can't help but wonder why they would put their kids at risk with smoking then. Hmmm...

Thanks for letting me vent. Just one of those things on my mind.


KelleEvil said...

There is no excuse!!! It is disgusting enough for the parent to do it but to do it near their child?!?!?!? Come on!!!!

Stephanie said...

It is so disgusting. How about this horrific story then...

The Indonesian toddler that smokes 40 cigarettes a day!!! I guess they have him down to 20 but someone tell me how he started!!!!!??? He is like TWO! Is there a worse story??!!

MA said...

It is a nasty disgusting habit and to expose your child/children to the ravages of cigarette smoke should be punishable by death (not really but CPS should get involved).

Leah said...

amen, sister! i'm glad to know i am not the only one who feels strongly about that. i am sad when people take their healthy lungs for granted, and at the same time exposing their children to poison....

i wish i could tell everyone (from someone who has has bad lungs) no matter what it is NOT WORTH IT!!!!