Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Smoke is no Joke

How, may I ask, is it possible to smoke a cigarette while riding a bike?

Wait, that came out wrong. I know that's its possible to do. All you have to do is light the cigarette and stick it in your mouth while you pedal, but, really, HOW can you do that?

Doesn't that increase the nictonie increase by a bzillion percent since your breathing faster and taking in more air (or if you have a cig in your mouth, more nicotine)? Doesn't that pretty much defeat the whole purpose of riding a bike- which is mainly associated with the "healthy" lifestyle?

I just don't get it.

I'm not a person that really as a problem with smokers- to each his own. But, since being pregnant, I have become a little more touchy about it.

So when I'm sitting in my car at a red light on my way to work and the guy on his bicycle in front of me lights up and the smell starts permeating throughout my car, I get a little ticked.

Here is a website I found that has these marvelously fascinating facts:

  • Every year, Montanans pay more than $216 million in medical expenditures attributable to smoking; and businesses pay more than $277 million in lost productivity due to illness and time off.

  • Every pack of cigarettes purchased in the United States costs society about $7—half in medical costs and half in lost productivity.

  • In 2002, Montana kids bought or smoked 3.4 million packs of cigarettes.
    Seventeen percent of all adults in Montana smoke, and 39% of American Indian adults in Montana smoke
    (ATS, 2006)

  • Montana adult males use spit tobacco at a rate that is almost double the national average (12% compared to 8%). (ATS, 2006)

  • In 2006, the Montana Prevention Needs Assessment found that, among adolescents in grades 8, 10, and 12, 17% smoked and 15% of males used smokeless tobacco.

  • Four Montanans die every day from tobacco-related diseases.

Also, to add on to this little rant about smokers (again, I really don't care if you smoke- just as long as it doesn't annoy me), Jeff and I moved into an apartment that is non-smoking.

So then tell me why the heck our neighbor below us- who is NEVER EVER there by the way- decides to come home for this entire week, smoke cigarettes like a chimney and throw parties. I might add that our apartment is quite old, but I love it, and that where piping comes up through the flooring it might not always be sealed around it. So, therefore, if I am in the bathroom getting ready for bed, I do not really want to smell cigarette smoke. Our bathroom has reeked for an entire week! How would she like it if I wore high heels 24/7 and walked up and down our hallway where I know her bedroom is below. Or, if I continually dropped a bowling ball on the floor- oh that's a good one I will have to save that one for later.

Anyways, the point of this blog I guess it not to tick off a pregnant lady with your ciggy smoke, lest she write about it in fury.

Actually, lets work on respect here people. I respected the biker in front of me. When I was stopped behind him, I gave the safe distance so that if I were rear-ended he more than likely wouldn't get hurt. When the light turned green; I didn't tailgate him, but rather followed at a respectable distance.

And the girl downstairs, I make sure to take my shoes off and not clunk around in them when I see that she's home. I try not to let Lucy run around too much and I definitely don't vaccuum on those nights.

I obviously respect your space and well-being, now try to remember that there are other people out there in the world who might expect the same from you!

1 comment:

Smoking said...

Sorry you are affected by it. People do have their choices.