Volume 94, Issue 60

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor

Smokers suffer from self-loathing?

To the Editor:

I can't help but be bewildered at the number of students who smoke. I am forced to ask myself, "Why do so many people persist in participating in such an obviously stupid activity?" The answer I have come up with will no doubt make me a marked man among the slaves of the nicotine culture, but I believe it may have the unpopular merit of being true.

It seems to me that anyone who would voluntarily pay for a product that is guaranteed to reduce their life span and quality must hate themselves in some fundamental way. Anyone who has seen someone dying of cancer or respiratory ailments can't possibly wish that fate upon themselves if they are confident and happy in life.

Bedsides self-loathing, smokers have underdeveloped social skills. I make this statement because the majority of smokers begin the habit under the influence of peer pressure, or in order to rebel against their parents.

Even though nicotine is medically habit-forming, I still believe it takes a certain weakness of character to become addicted to anything. By being a smoker, you join an international society that makes socialization easier. You don't have to rely on charm or conversational skill – you simply approach a fellow nicotine zombie and open a conversation with an inane, "Got a light?" or "Can I bum a smoke?" This kind of lazy and empty fraternity seems somewhat sad to me.

Cheap thrills and easy friends seem, to me, to be inadequate justification. Do yourself a favour, learn to respect yourself and drop the disgusting habit.

William Fleury
Honours Zoology IV

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