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What's up with smokers and their cars?(18 posts)

What's up with smokers and their cars?mickey-mac
Oct 21, 2003 8:01 PM
I have no big problem with smoking. If people are willing to risk slow, painful death for the pleasure of smoking, that's their business. What I miss, however, are the old days when people who smoked in their cars smoked in their cars. These days most smokers I see in cars hold their cigarettes out their windows while driving. They also ash them out the window and toss them in the street when they're finished with them. What happened to the good old days when smokers' car ashtrays were overflowing with butts and their car windows looked like they'd been sprayed from the inside with some particularly toxic form of pesticide? Apparently most people who smoke these days don't want their cars or their clothes to smell like smoke. Well, guess what? You f*$(ing smoke! Take pride in your addiction. Keep your smoke and your butts in the car and soak up all the hazy atmosphere that goes along with your Marlboro Lights.
maybe they don't want to die from second hand smoke? nmgtx
Oct 21, 2003 8:08 PM
Now that's funny (nm)mickey-mac
Oct 21, 2003 8:13 PM
re: What's up with smokers and their cars?baylor
Oct 21, 2003 8:57 PM
Lord. I know folks that do that. Actually worse. They refuse to use their ash trays, too, and fling their butts out the window. "I don't want my car to smell."

Night sparksCaptain Morgan
Oct 22, 2003 6:02 AM
Isn't it cool when you are following a car at night and they flick their still-lit butts onto the pavement while their car is in motion? The ensuing sparks bring back memories of a 4th of July firework display. Thanks to all the smokers who share this with us. Gosh, I wish I were a smoker; but alas, I guess I'm just not cool enough. Maybe some day...
it's not just carsmohair_chair
Oct 22, 2003 6:22 AM
Ever walk behind a smoker who never smokes his cigarette? I don't get it. They light up, then walk around with it in their hand, presumably until it burns out or singes their fingers and reminds them to inhale. Typically, it's the most vile smelling brands, like Gauloises. These people are givers, not takers. Giving up their stink to the world. Thanks, guys.
good rantDougSloan
Oct 22, 2003 6:49 AM
That's an inflammatory pet peeve of mine, too. Every time I see someone flick a butt out the window I want to dial 911 and follow them until the police catch them and rough'em up a little, maybe even seeing a little jail time. Then, I come to my senses, my anger subsides, when I realize that the police would probably arrest me for wasting their time. I'd bet about half the cops on patrol are doing the same thing.

With no smoking in any public buildings at all in California any more, I've become very sensitized to smoke. I always hated it, but now I can detect a smoker 3 cars up running down the highway. It almost makes me ill until I hit the "recirculate" button on the car to breathe only my private filtered air.

This is a real concern in this bone dry tinderbox area of the country. A stray smoldering butt could easily start a fire.

"Kill All Smokers." Wait, they are taking care of that for us.

good rantcmgauch
Oct 22, 2003 7:03 AM
YEAH - what they said!

The other day I'm doing yard work in front of my house when this stooge drives by in his Dodge p/u, smoking w/his hand out the window & tosses his 1/2 smoked phallic symbol into the street. Now, this is a quiet neighborhood and that thing sat in the road smoking right down to the filter. Good thing it's early fall w/not too many leaves down yet.

What an A hole.
They and the business is supporting the country too...No_sprint
Oct 22, 2003 9:30 AM
Can't give that up. Where would the country be without the billions of dollars of free windfall cash from the tobacco companies? How much did California *inherit* alone? Lots and lots.
Not supporting the country, they suck away our $$PaulCL
Oct 22, 2003 9:54 AM
Yes, the tobacco co's coughed up big bucks (pun intended). But the cost to our healthcare system from the smokers by their diseases and increased susceptibility to diseases costs us many, many times the billions Philip Altria...has given the states.

Of course, smokers have higher dry cleaning bills to get that stench out of their clothes. That's a big boost to the economy!

I hate smoking. I hate smokers. I hate their yellow teeth. I hate their littering. I hate their attitude. I hate their stench. I won't buy their company stocks out of principle and I'm a stockbroker. OK...I'll calm down now. Paul
Not so sure about it sucking away our $$No_sprint
Oct 22, 2003 11:04 AM
I'd say that obesity and the massive health problems it causes is a much more significant money sucker.

Next, the billions in windfall cash the state and federal governments got was not a settlement in order to repay for the costs of healthcare for smokers, it was a punishment for companies who withheld risk information and thus defrauded the people. Why should the government get that money? If that were the case and the logic, to repay the healthcare system, booze companies would repay for the health costs they subject the government to, car companies, etc., etc., etc. The list would go on forever.
Smoers. The world is their ashtray!Brooks
Oct 22, 2003 7:28 AM
Ever notice in parking lots where a smoker who uses an ashtry dumps all the butts and ashes on the ground? For once I'd like to see the cops bust some smoker for littering since the highways are full of "No Littering, $200 Fine" (or whatever $ in your part of the country).

Inconsiderate A-holes, is right.
That would be "Smokers", not "Smoers". S'mores? yum. nmBrooks
Oct 22, 2003 7:30 AM
Smoers. The world is their ashtray!No_sprint
Oct 22, 2003 9:33 AM
I don't condone any illegal activity however, I don't really approve of the police enforcing something in others which they themselves don't enforce upon themselves. It's a regular thing to see cops driving down the street, cig out the window, flickin' a butt, not using a turn signal, etc., etc., etc.
Not to mention speeding! nmBrooks
Oct 22, 2003 1:35 PM
Don't make them laughCaptain Morgan
Oct 22, 2003 8:01 AM
I love it when serious smokers laugh. They start laughing, but then you can start to hear the flem build up in their throats. Then the flem turns into a type of choking gag which then proceeds into a fit of coughing. I love that.

What's the difference between a "hard pack" and a "soft pack" anyway? I have no earthly idea.
Hard pack...doesn't crush as easily in your pocketColnagoFE
Oct 22, 2003 8:19 AM
Why everyone wouldn't want the hard pack instead of the soft pack is beyond me. Then again I don't smoke anymore. And your choices don't end there. You can get regular sized or 100s. I used to get 100s even though those are considered girl-size cigs because I thought I was getting a better value for my $. And then the choice between unfiltered, regular filter, lights, or ultra-lights. Menthol or Regular. Oh those were the days.... Hack cough... ;)
Coffin vs. a body bag nmPdxMark
Oct 22, 2003 8:19 AM