Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Just a little pinch. . .
Okay, a couple of folks (one of whom lives in NC in the midst of tobacco fields) were kind enough to point out that chewin' tobaccy has it's own risks (to the user--although frankly, from a purely moral perspective, if you know the risks and choose to assume them. . . .) and places a burden on the healthcare and insurance systems (the secondary, non-physical effect). Agreed. It'd be nice if they'd ban the substance (for recreational use) entirely. But I was thinking about more immediate PHYSICAL effects on non-users. The non-users did not choose to assume the risk. ("Hmm, do I breathe today or not???") Besides, I figure you've got to start small(ish). After all, it's not easy to break a habit that's had centuries to develop.