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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, June 12, 2009

Smokers can't help but exhibit the stupidity that led them to take up smoking in the first place

In Indiana, they've passed a law that requires cigarettes to self-extinguish if not actively used. That is, if the smoker doesn't re-light or actively suck on it, it'll go out by itself. Apparently the statistics regarding fires caused by unattended cigarettes are pretty staggering. They interviewed a smoker for the article....with predictably absurd results.....

Unlike traditional cigarettes, the new fire-safe smokes will burn out more quickly when left unattended and are designed to cut down on the number of smoking-related fires.

"The cigarettes are made from the same blend of tobacco as regular cigarettes," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. "The only difference to the consumer is they need to puff it more often or relight it."

Jess Brewer of Lafayette said her first encounter with the fire-safe smokes was not good.
"Since coming back from Kentucky about a week ago, I've been coughing constantly and having chest pains because you have to inhale harder on the new cigarettes," she said.

That's rich! She blames her coughing and chest pains on having to suck harder, not on the fact that she's a stupid, career smoker in the first place.
Then came the money quote.....

"I'm totally against the change," Brewer said. "What's the point of making safer cigarettes if they lead to negative health effects?"

It's as if she believes cigarettes don't lead to negative health effects, regardless of fire safety. What an idiot!


Angie Lee said...

I'm a smoker - and I have NO delusions about what is causing "negative health effects" *OR* fires if one is TOO STUPID to use an ashtray or smoking in bed or getting drunk and falling asleep on the couch in front of the TV.

That's a big DUH.

Although I do have to question the honesty of the claims that it is made from the same blend of tobacco. How, exactly, do they make them self-extinguish? I would imagine there is some type of additive to make it do that.

ed said...

From what I understand, the paper is saturated in lighter-fluid or some such flammable chemical. That's why it stays lit even if you stick it out the window of a car traveling near the speed of sound. That's why the new cigarette becomes like a pipe or cigar. It goes out if you let it sit for more than a few seconds. At least that's what I've always heard. I might be completely wrong.