Volume 90, Issue 97

Thursday, March 27, 1997



Smoker disgusted by letter

Re: Smokers – weak willed?, March 21

To the Editor:

I am not the type of person who usually pays much attention to the empty words of the lifestyle police, that is, those ranting health Nazis who try to tell people how to live their lives. However, John Heder, who is evidently such a person, wrote a recent letter regarding smokers which I found very offensive. In calling smokers "idiots" and "feeble-willed addicts," Mr. Heder is very much out of line. To be sure, some of the most intelligent people who have ever lived were smokers. Some notables include Winston Churchill (who smoked over 300,000 cigars in his 92 years) and Sigmund Freud.

I would like to explain to Mr. Heder that smoking is not about an addiction to lighting up a bunch of rolled, dried out tobacco leaves. It is about individual freedom and pleasure. Anti-smoking (probably anti-alcohol consuming and anti-meat-eating) health Nazis like yourself seem to know what is best for the rest of us who really know how to live. I really wonder what people like you do for enjoyment. I suppose, Mr. Heder, that you can not stand to see someone having more fun than you. As far as your suggestions that non-smokers ought to urinate into the drinks of smokers and "give them a good hard bash in the head," I think that these comments really indicate your lack of intelligence and maturity.

Mr. Heder, I would also like to point out to you that when I happen upon an individual who is offended by my cigar, or pipe, I graciously put out my smoke. As I see it, why should I waste the aroma of a fine smoke on someone like you, Mr. Heder, who can not appreciate it?

Jon Edwards
Philosophy III

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