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Smoking is an old-fashioned, vile vice
By Bob Harmon



July 02, 2007

I am old enough to remember that 40 years ago in the 1960s when jet travel began, when you boarded a plane the stewardesses (not flight attendants yet!) would come through the aisles handing out loose cigarettes from a basket. At teachers' meetings we might split the meeting room; smokers on one side and non-smokers on the other and there were few non-smokers. At executive meetings there was even a cigar smoking part of the room and the awful, for most of us anyway, cigar smoke odor would permeate the clothes we wore to the meeting for weeks through several wash cycles. There was more presentation interrupting coughing then. Times have changed!

Smoking has been relegated to the dustbin of old bad habits together with hard spanking of children, snuff dipping and tobacco chewing/spitting. Smoking is expensive, causes heart attacks, lung cancer, wrinkles and bad breath. Certainly it should be outlawed in public places if for no other reason than to protect employees forced to work in those areas. A ban probably helps addicted people quit too. Coffee provides a better stimulant for those who require such stuff and chewing gum is a better oral nervous activity.

Crackdown on smoking Alaska! Save lives and make our environment "greener", our lives healthier!

Bob Harmon
Juneau, AK

Received July 02, 2007 - Published July 02, 2007

About: A retired teacher.

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