You. We know *you* are vice-free, dear Daily Post reader. But, or perhaps we should say, “butt,” others around you and in your life are riddled with vices: they smoke; they eat too much celery; they hog the covers; they can’t keep their hands out of the office candy bowl. Which vice or bad habit can you simply not abide in others?
I think the absolute number one vice would be smoking. I cannot stand the stench of cigarette smoke – it’s just foul.
It’s bad enough being stuck near a smoker because there’s nothing as asthmatic (like myself) loves more than second-hand smoke, but it’s even worse when you’re stuck on transport next to a smoker. They have that horrendous stench to them. It’s in their hair, it’s in their skin, in their clothes, and it’s just disgusting. It’s one thing that’s an absolute deal-breaker for me. Especially being somebody who works in the fitness industry, I cannot condone cigarette smoking, primarily based on the consequences it has on a person’s health. I would much prefer people weren’t dying from lung cancer, or blood clots, or brain damage etc, but unfortunately the people who are doing all the smoking don’t seem to share the same concerns.
I understand that it’s a drug. I understand that people have an addiction. But I also understand that there are numerous products that people have access to, in order to get their addictions under control; get their cravings under control, and eventually quit. Yet, what I don’t understand is that so many smokers just don’t want to.
Seriously… what the fuck? Why wouldn’t you want to actually do something to stop smoking?? I’ve never been able to understand that. You have an addiction. It’s an addiction that is slowly killing you form the inside out. You know that this is happening, and you know that you ‘probably should’ quit, BUT YOU DON’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!
Or, there’s the people who do make an attempt to quit, and if it doesn’t work for them the first time, they give up all hope, and just go back to smoking. **NEWSFLASH**: TRY AGAIN!! It might not work for you the first time, or the fifth time, or even the seventeenth time, but at least every time you try, you get a little bit better at it.
I remember when I was in my early twenties, I was out with some friends, and ended up going home with this really hot guy. We spoke for ages, and then one thing led to another, and all of a sudden we’re making out… then we both pulled back to catch a breath, and he excused himself to get up and go out to his balcony to have a cigarette. Like, he just got up off the couch, and said he was going for a smoke, and totally just left me there.
First of all, at no point was I aware that he was a smoker. I never saw a packet of smokes, or a lighter, and I guess the sweaty stinky clothes from being in a nightclub were masking the smell of cigarette smoke on his clothes. I didn’t even care how hot he was, I was just floored that anybody would be that rude and arrogant. So, I just left. I didn’t even say goodbye, I just grabbed my top and left. Just as I got downstairs, he called me wanting to know where I was, and I’m like ‘Sorry, I’m not going to waste my time with somebody who’s that rude to just leave me so he could have a smoke. Clearly, that was your priority. Not me. I’m not having that.’
Then he had the nerve to get pissed off at me for leaving. Fuuuuuuck that. At first he was really apologetic about it, but when he finally realised that I wasn’t coming back, he had the nerve to have a go at me for ‘wasting his time’.
Had I known he was a smoker beforehand I wouldn’t have even left the club with him. Just meeting somebody who’s a smoker, and I’m already that quick to jump the gun on how I feel about them. Apologies to those of you who are smokers, I don’t think we can be friends. If you’re not prepared to at least entertain the thought of trying to quit, and actually be proactive enough to do something about it… I can’t be your friend and sit idly by whilst you do that to your body.