Maresue (maresue) wrote in smokerspolitic,
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addiction cont.

Prior to the change in terminology, smoking was considered a 'habit'.
Smokers do not share with other 'addicts' the loss of rational
thought, as
do alcoholics, heavy drug users, etc. We can drive cars and operate
other
machinery without jeopardizing the lives of others (ETS aside). We
can
carry on meaningful conversations that other people understand. So to
label
us as addicts is really not fair. Not fair that the 'antis' who have
cunningly changed the interpretation; are getting away with political
murder; not fair that the entire population has bought into their new
interpretation with a resultant mass of people believing that smokers
are no
better, and perhaps worse, than common criminals. The items omitted
from the
old description of addiction ("intoxication, life-threatening
withdrawal,
the need for an increasing amount of the addictive substance, and the
inability to function properly in society") have made a dramatic
difference
in how society views us smokers. By eliminating the foregoing
description,
the 'antis' were able to 'accommodate', include and
consequently 'accuse'
smokers of being 'addicts'.

This may possibly have been the most successful step they took in
altering
the views of the nation, on smoking.

Bayla
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