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Boiling It Down

I have had two careers: (1) teaching the social studies (2) selling promotional merchandise. Teaching is selling: selling is teaching.

Thank You for Smoking

Economy, Education, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

I went to a business meeting recently. I was the first person to arrive, and the receptionist led me to a conference room. I was given a cup of coffee to enjoy while waiting. Sitting there, I noticed a triangular piece of wood on the table. Engraved on the brass plate attached to the wood were the words: “Thank You For Not Smoking”.

I don’t smoke, but many folks do. The smoking industry, i.e., tobacco growers, processors, manufacturers, marketers, distributors, retailers, etc., involves billions of dollars. It is claimed that 5.5 trillion cigarettes are smoked a year. The problems resulting from the human intake of carcinogens from smoking the tobacco gives additional employment – and profit – to doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and others.

This being the case, why don’t the people who benefit from tobacco usage put up signs that say: “Thank You For Smoking”? If by smoking, and at the cost of your own health, you give your hard-earned dollars to the tobacco/industrial complex, I would think that those in charge would publicly offer you their thanks.

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