After many years and many millions of smoking-related deaths, Americans finally bought a clue and have frowned upon smoking and smokers - resulting in fewer smokers and diminished profits for massive tobacco companies like J.R. Reynolds, etc. However, now these opportunistic purveyors of death (i.e. tobacco companies) are merely moving overseas to sell tobacco and continue huge profits in fertile new markets such as China.

      For example, I was recently in a bar in the Lan Kwai Fong area of Hong Kong when a group of attractive young Chinese women wearing matching light blue suits with a company lapel on the breast pockets approached me. One of them handed me a pack of cigarettes with one already hanging out of the box and offered me $20 HK in money if I would smoke it. What incredible cynicism! Bribing a person to become addicted to their product! Incredible! By the way, these young women were selling "Kent" brand cigarettes. I sarcastically told them, "Are you kidding? My mother died of lung cancer!" They beat a hasty retreat.

      Don't be a fool and let them exploit you in this way! You have the power to decide NOT to smoke!

Please don't be a tool for cynical businessmen who prey on human weakness.

I can just hear those tobacco executives thinking to themselves...

To American teenagers:

      "We the tobacco industry would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the young people of America who continue to smoke our cigarettes... Your ignorance is astounding and should be applauded. Our tobacco products kill 420,000 of your parents and grandparents every year. And yet you've stuck by us. That kind of blind allegiance is hard to find.

      "Remember, you're rebels. Individuals. And besides, you impressionable little kids are making us tobacco guys rich. Heck, we're billionaires."

"Tobacco surely was designed
To poison and destroy mankind."

Philip M. Freneau
American journalist, rebel

      "Tobacco drieth the brain, dimmeth the sight, vitiateth the smell, hurteth the stomach, destroyeth the concoction, ditrurbeth the humors and spirits, corrupteth the breath, induceth a trembling of the limbs, exsiccateth the windpipe, lungs, and liver, annoyeth the milt, scorcheth the heart, and causeth the blood to be adjusted."

Tobias Venner
Via Recta

"Why Do People Stupefy Themselves?"
by Count Leo Tolstoy

Some discussions....

"...damn fools and damned souls..."
"we all gotta go sometime"