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Politically Correct Discrimination

What began as a campaign to encourage smokers to respect the wishes of non-smokers has evolved into outright hostility by anti-smoking fanatics with the segregation and demonization of anyone who chooses to smoke.


NONSURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Cigarette smoking may cause you to become a second-class citizen.


Similar to the Nazi anti-semitic campaign, cigarette smokers in America have become the latest class of American citizens where socially sanctioned discrimination is legally protected and encouraged.

Smoking citizens are being stripped of their civil, employment and property rights because in the view of power grabbers Nazis, "categorizing smokers as a protected class trivializes and skews the concept of civil rights."

Indeed, smokers are coming to terms with the fact that they're not just a bad person, but an individual of deficient moral character, unworthy of respect or protection from society.

The growing anti-smoking climate in the United States has helped fuel much of the legislation we're now seeing, which passes with little opposition. Really obese people, whose healthcare is among the costliest, are protected by federal law - leaving the easiest targets right now: smokers. Smokers have been found to be a compliant group. They'll quietly slip out the back door to smoke their cigarettes out in the cold or rain, they'll scurry past the airport bars full of travelers tipping a few for the respite of their curbside smoke, they'll tolerate the snide remarks of those who suggest they quit their "nasty habit," and they'll pay higher taxes and insurance premiums with hardly a whimper.

What it is really about is money.

Collectivist government leaders are doing everything they can to transfer massive wealth from the tobacco industry into the hands of meddling social engineers. They have routinely violated the rights of individuals and property owners by regulating personal behavior on private property. When the property owner of shops, restaurants and bars allows smoking, many smokers will argue that non-smokers should just stay away and the government should not interfere.

But, that's not the case. Big Business’ is increasingly thumbing their nose at your privacy rights trying to cut the costs of their business.


"First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."


The Public Relations (propaganda) business has reached its fullest potential in the advancement of the anti-smoking movement, which, in just a few short years, has altered the nation's perception of smokers to such a degree that what began as a campaign to encourage smokers to respect the wishes of non-smokers has evolved into outright hostility by anti-smoking fanatics and the demonization of anyone who chooses to smoke.

Thousands of companies and countless municipal governments and police departments refuse to hire smokers, and some require affidavits, and even use lie detector tests and random drug testing to enforce the policy. Their excuse is often based on the cost of insurance borne by the employer. Smokers are banned from universities, libraries, most places of business and the halls of government. They are discriminated against in housing. They have been denied employment and fired from their jobs for smoking at home. They have been fined and thrown in jail.

  • Nationwide, more landlords are barring tenants from lighting up, joining a long list of cities, companies and hotels that have done the same. California is the leader in smoke-free apartments, with 17 cities, including Santa Barbara and Sacramento, having passed policies. The Smokefree Apartment House Registry features about 300 listings nationally, up from 11 when it began in 2001.
  • A study of women in the U.S. Navy shows that smoking seems to be a factor in their careers. The study says they don’t get promoted as often as their non-smoking peers, and they also have more career setbacks. The study was done in the military because a higher percentage of military personnel smoke than civilians. However, its believed that the results of the study will translate to the civilian workforce. Yeah, like this is any surprise. Listen, smokers are kidding themselves if they don’t think that employers openly discriminate against them.
  • Scott Rodrigues, 30, was fired from a lawn-care job he had at The Scotts Co. after a drug test came up positive for nicotine. Rodrigues filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court, claiming the company violated his rights under a state privacy law barring unreasonable, substantial or serious interference of privacy, and under other state law.
  • Insurance consulting firm outside of Lansing, Mich., Weyco company president Howard Weyers announced, "As of January 1st, 2005, anyone that has nicotine in their body will be fired.” At Weyco, that means no smoking at work, no smoking at home, no smoking period. Yes, Mr. Weyers may have the right to exclude smokers and I'm also convinced he would also like to have the right to refuse to hire homosexuals, whites, blacks, men, women, Catholics, Muslims, or any group that found disfavor with him.
  • Citing rising workers’ compensation and health care costs San Mateo County Sheriff Don Horsley put a ban on hiring smokers in March 2, 2004.
  • In Mobile, Alabama, the city started a no-smoke policy for new employees in 1994, which states that it will only hire non-smoking police officers and firefighters. Imagine the outcry of liberals had the city chose not to hire homosexuals or blacks.

Over the past 30 years the anti-smoking factions has systematically and incrementally changed the perception of the American public from one where smoking was an enjoyable activity to one where now smoking is viewed as "an addictive habit" on par with shooting up heroin or smoking crack cocaine.

Like most advertising campaigns, the promotion of the anti-smoking agenda has relied heavily on the calculated manipulation of fact and truth. Sadly, if they repeat the lies often enough, people will soon believe the lies. The overall strategy is:

  • To divert the attention of the general public from the truth;
  • To "divide and conquer" by alienating smokers from nonsmokers;
  • To portray the tobacco industry as the money grabbing villian who's only purpose is to prey on victim consumers with manipulative advertising enticing them to smoke; and
  • To portray those who choose to smoke as the reason for health problems in children and an economic drain on the health care industry in general.

The anti-smoking campaign has been so successful that even most smokers view themselves of partaking of a "nasty habit" killing millions of people and creating a financial burden on the health care industry. For their shameful behavior, smokers have been pushed out of airports, offices, sports stadiums, restaraunts, and public buildings. Not content with banning smoking inside enclosed areas, the anti-smoking zealots have even sucessfully banned smoking in open outdoor areas and are moving toward banning smoking even in the privacy of your own home!


If homosexuals were treated like smokers, no doubt you would hear shrill complaints from liberals and courts would be tripping over themselves to protect their rights. Homosexuals are protected and in many places in society are viewed more favorably than smokers. Cigarette smokers are being replaced on television screens by homosexuals. What perhaps started the trend was an episode of Ellen featuring a woman-on-woman open-mouthed kiss which brought praises from Vice President Al Gore because it "forced" millions of Americans "to look at sexual orientation in a more open light." Few communities in America, says Gore, "care as deeply about ethical and moral issues" as Hollywood. Today, you can't hardly turn on the television without seeing homosexuals being featured.


Selwyn Duke writes, "And the prejudices are like the stars in the sky. Smoking is no longer trendy but homosexuality is; the Boy Scouts are out in San Francisco, but a law prohibiting smoking in private establishments and even outdoor public places is in. Christianity in schools is out, but left-wing indoctrination is in. And what group will be persecuted next week, next month or next year? In Europe, the Ladies Golf Tour is being forced to allow the participation of a transsexual by the European Union anti-discrimination Nazis. Don’t think that we could never be subject to such insane government dictation, and that the casualty won’t be your church, club or some organization close to your heart. With the freedom of association already relegated to the dustbin of history, such tyranny is only a few bad Supreme Court appointments away."

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