What does it take for a "Smokers' Rights Advocate" to become an EX-Smokers' Advocate?
As for myself, I actually used to ask to work in the smoking section of the Restaurant where I waited tables for 22 Years. Even in my last Months there, I occasionally had trouble breathing and had the smokers' cough. Back in those days I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis with no further explanation after 2 bouts of pneumonia in the same Year. I still smoked for another 5 Years! I didn't know that chronic bronchitis was serious! My Doctor never bothered his busy schedule to educate me! Nada!
I sometimes think back on that with anger because once I was diagnosed with emphysema in 2010 I quit smoking 6 days later, By then I had moderate COPD. Woulda, coulda, shoulda,....
But while I sometimes stopped smoking intermittently for Months at a time, it was with the caveat that I could pick it up :after my lungs clear out!"
Let me tell you something, in case you tell yourself this Nico-Lie - sick lungs don't heal!
That doesn't mean you can't manage lung illness and feel better. But you will not return to healthy lungs ever!
The only proven way to prolong the life of your lungs, i.e., your LIFE is to quit smoking!
Here's one Lady's story:
I mentioned the other day that I believe that smoking in cars with children absolutely should be prohibited but also smoking in apartment complexes. That's an informed opinion based on the fact that folks with lung disease, small children and pets become very, very sick when exposed to even third hand smoke let alone second hand smoke!
What a difference an education makes!
This is the stance of a famous Libertarian:
I'm in support of people doing anything they want in a free and democratic society—until their actions infringe on my freedom or anyone else’s. At that point, the state ought to step in, if only to maintain personal liberty. If the state doesn’t intervene in those instances, when minimal intervention would be required to rectify the situation, then the situation risks spiraling out of control to the point where extreme measures become warranted.
I have a right to clean air!