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GWRIT formal essay #1 - Our society and nation is not in a...

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-1 Our society and nation is not in a war over it, there is no persecution. One can not be behind enemy lines against their will. For smoking is a choice that people make. To protect the public from the harmful effects of smoking is not like the wars we faced with racism and sexism. Women did not chose their gender, and no one chose their skin color, it is an inevitable occurrence that they have to live with. So how did we begin to hate the people that partake in this habitual choice, and not the manufacturers, their product, or the habit itself? Why do these antagonistic feelings towards smokers exist? In “I’d Rather Smoke than Kiss” by Florence King, a 1990 publication, the author describes and articulates the disillusionment and antagonism she feels by those who detest and harass smokers. She says she has her reasons for starting to smoke, and that it is her “Right to Die” (King 145), and that “Smokists don’t hate the sin, they hate the sinner” (King 145), which in turn makes them “misanthropes” (King 145). She believes that these people who enjoy in the pain of others do not have ample evidence to sustain this hate saying things such as “passive smoking was invented” (King 145). In this King suggests, or hints, that second hand smoking was crafted with the only thought in mind was to allow people to hate smokers and assault them with harmful language and gestures as an act they can call self defense. She goes on to report a real life account of someone restricting her to a dinner party on the grounds of she was invited if she could hold off smoking for a while. She also provides other instances of hatred by “smokists“, such as the aforementioned gesture, and antagonizing letters sent to the editor when he wrote an article supporting smokers and their right to smoke. She continues to display her disappointment of Americans in particular by saying that the ads use the American ideal of image to outcast smokers by saying that they smell, and that “Kissing a smoker is like
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licking an ash tray” (King 147).
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