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SMOKING: Be accountable for risky behavior

Letter by Dan Mills, University Place on April 11, 2011 at 11:05 am with 7 Comments »
April 11, 2011 12:08 pm

Re: “Quit trying to dictate my behavior” (letter, 4-9).

I applaud the rugged point of view taken by the author. Any advocate of the right to determine their own behavior deserves high accolades.

However, I would make one suggestion, as there are high health risks involved in the behavior espoused by the letter writer and an exceptional increase in the need for medical care. If the letter writer is willing to irrevocably relinquish his right to any publicly funded health care for smoker-related illnesses, then we will know that he is serious about exercising his inalienable right to do as he wishes with his own body.

Also, the writer may wish to set up a trust fund for the treatment of all the workers who cannot afford, particularly in these financially troubled times, to tell an employer they will not work in a secondhand smoke environment.

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  1. Just to clue you non-smokers in with some facts. I spent many years as a civilian in the Federal work force. When I retired form the force, I was paid over 1500 hours of sick leave that I didn’t use – and I’m a smoker. My experience has been that the shirkers in the force have been the non-smokers. They were continuoulsy on sick call (not because of second-hand smoke), but only because they had personal items to attend to. Another fact is that they have in the force a sick-leave donation program. I donated many of my sick leave hours to non-smokers because thety had used up all their sick leave. These people will not need health insurance when they retire, but they will need a special-shirkers insurance policy.

  2. uscha, I also retired from Federal service with over 23 years of service, plus 20 in the army. I turned in a little over 1200 hours of sick leave and yes, I too am a smoker. I totally concur with your comments about the non-smokers who were constantly abusing their sick leave. Secondly, to the letter writer, if you are injured while driving your car, bicycle, snow board, or fall off of a cliff while hiking, why should I pay for your behavior? It’s not my fault that you decided to drive or ride a bike or snow board or go hiking is it?

  3. God bless you, Frosty. I also gave 20 years plus of service in the military. I would wager that in all the years, somewhere we ran into each other.

  4. uscha, I guess you and I are the only ones willing to take on another intolerant snob. Maybe that comes from years of experience that folks like the letter writer could never grasp. Thanks for your kind words and your service.

  5. Don’t smoke, never have. When I was on active duty, I carried a lighter just to
    keep smokers form dodging work details becasue they had to go find a light.

  6. Xring, you were in the military? How did you last so long on KP during your entire tour of service? “Peeling spuds wasn’t too tough for you, was it?

  7. USMC, Sergeant, 19 months in Nam.
    Came stateside and became an Infantry officer.
    Not a Rear Echelon dweeb like you.

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