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Joyce Coomer: Why I voted No on No Smoking Survey

By Joyce Coomer
Personal Commentary

I voted NO!!! Yes, I know cigarettes are not good for you. Yes, I know some people develop illnesses related to smoking cigarettes. Yes, I know some people cannot tolerate being around smoke. Yes, I know cigarettes are not good for you.

There is more to this than talking about how "bad" smoking (and using other tobacco products) is for you. Two disparate stories below . . .

I knew one gentleman who had two wives die of lung cancer. The women did not smoke, nor did the gentleman. They lived in Chicago so I'd be inclined to believe that air pollution in general contributed to their deaths from lung cancer.

I have a cousin, that if smoking cigarettes causes a person to not be able to avoid developing lung cancer, should have been dead 60 years ago. He's 90+ and living in Texas. I have never seen the man without a lit cigarette in his hand, even while he was eating a meal.

That being said, why isn't there a survey about slowing down or getting rid of the drug problem in the county? I know of too many people whose lives have been ruined because of addiction to illegal and legal drugs of one sort or another. Families have been broken up, health and finances ruined for life, property destroyed, thefts committed . . . the list is nearly endless.

The drug problem is more destructive to our society as a whole than smoking or chewing tobacco products has ever been or ever will be. Drug addiction affects everyone, not just the addict's family. It would probably shock most people if they had any inkling of how much is spent in this county alone in the course of a year treating drug addiction -- and a lot of that is tax money. It would definitely shock most people if they were aware (or should I say "admit") of just how pervasive the drug problem is -- it is not confined to the "riffraff" but crosses all socioeconomic strata, and is as heavily entrenched in the upper levels as it is in the lower levels.

The problem with drugs in Adair County isn't a secret . . . Greg and I have been asked for years, by people who live as far two or three states away, if there are as many drugs available as they have heard or if, after we tell them where we live, if we have anything with us to sell! I really don't like that.

And, for those who want to know -- I do not smoke. I have never smoked. I have never seen any use in smoking (or chewing). I grew up in a household where no one smoked besides visitors and ashtrays were always available. I have asthma and a lengthy list of allergies. However, unless someone's cigarette smoke is bothering me at the moment, I do not say anything to them about their smoking habits unless they start a conversation on the topic then I tell them that as far as I'm concerned, smoking is a rather dumb thing to take up . . . it's not good for them health-wise nor money-wise.

- Joyce M. Coomer

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