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Ability and Accountability
By Richard Haddad, Prescott Valley, AZ
rhaddad@westernnews.com
"[Children] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are."
"Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It's a good life, enjoy it."

-- Two of my favorite quotes by Jim Henson

Friday, May 24, 2013

Finish this sentence: "If everyone in the world stopped smoking..."

 Richard Haddad


How would you finish this sentence, "If everyone in the world stopped smoking..."

I asked a few people this question. From their varied responses I needed only adjust words slightly to discover an unintended thought in verse:

More kisses would be sweeter
More sidewalks would be neater
More hearts would beat stronger
More walks would be longer

More teeth would be whiter
More smiles would be brighter
More clothes would smell fresh
More cars would stink less

Less cancer would lurk
More workers would work
At the end of the day
More vigor to play

What would be your one-line response? How would your world be different if everyone around you stopped smoking?
(Follow-up Note: After seeing the contention I inadvertently created with this blog entry I have made arrangements to have the story link removed from the Courier homepage. It will, however, remain in the site archives. I had hoped this entry would be an interesting exercise in the hypothetical -- imagining what might happen if everyone in the world chose to stop smoking at the same time. I did not mean to imply that this would be a forced mandate from any government. Nor did I intend it to be a political or moral statement. My interest was in the health and well-being of others, especially children and our posterity. Somehow politics and infringement of personal agency became the focus for many readers. For this I apologize.)


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: dog on

Actually Cory it is my business when I can't walk down a street without getting a lung full of smoke or see an endless string of butts littering the landscape. Logic obviously isn't your strong suit.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Gottah Goah

Would that include smoking pot? probably not. A better idea would be to remove alcohol but that would infringe on the rights of many people and we can't do that.........whew.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Kathleen Christian

To "2 kathleen just wondering", I did NOT suggest that any of your "freedoms" be taken away. It is your choice not to smoke. If you stink from someone else's smoking, then I suggest that you not have people in your life who smoke. I certainly wouldn't want anyone in my world who is so offended by my habit/addiction. The difference between my habit and your urine getting on me from you obviously urinating outside is you would be breaking the law and I am NOT. Let's hope that since you've had just one too many of those beers which has caused you to urinate in public that you don't then get behind the wheel of any automobile and kill some one.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

@dog on & @@corysaz

I do not smoke genius's, but go ahead and judge me unknowingly. I also do not condemn others that choose to, it is their preference and none of my or your business. I'd also be willing to bet you both have habits that others could find objectionable.


Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Byte Me

The money saved by the city to clean up the square and pay extra health benes could go to buying the property in the Granite Dells.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Speedy Neutrino

I guess I'd just die of happiness.

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Haddad

I am sorry for your loss Don. I imagine it is harder on an anniversary day like this. I hope you have family and friends gathered around you, especially on days like today.

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: DONALD FRASIER

SIX YEARS AGO TODAY (26 May, 2007) SMOKING AND PANCREATIC CANCER KILLED MY WIFE OF 37 YEARS!!

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: gil klein

it would be a much healthier place to live, and cigarette smoking just opens the door for various other addictive habits to begin,and if people do not have money to buy them ,they will criminally get them

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Common Senzi

"If everyone in the world stopped smoking..."

Social Security would become insolvent 5 years earlier.


Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

Global Warming would come to an end and we would all live happily ever after. Then we could have more time to focus on getting rid of the dogs that crap in the park next.

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: 2 kathleen just wondering

what happened to my freedom to not smoke? Not breath in YOUR secondhand smoke The residue of YOUR habit is smoke. It gets in MY hair, MY clothes, MY lungs and make ME smell. I like a beer. The residue of my habit is urine. What would happen if urine got on you from MY habit? Man, YOU would hate that now wouldn't you (and all of your partners that have the FREEDOM to contaminate ME).

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Kathleen Christian

there would be a lot of frustrated, angry people. It's each individuals freedom, so just mind your own business.

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

Thank you, wayne.
'-..-'


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: political warfare

….The bulk of jobs generated by the tobacco industry in the U.S. (manufacturing: 48,800 employed at 114 tobacco factories in 21 states; and farming: 136,000 employed in 23 states) would be lost, as would the $35 billion in revenue the industry posted in 2012. That’s what would happen if everyone in the world stopped smoking.
Oh, also, Republicans would blame all those losses on Obama. That, too, would happen if everyone in the world stopped smoking.


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense Should Prevail

...there would be no pot smoking, crack smoking, and other forms of drug smoking and hopefully a large drop in general drug abuse and addiction. That's the one liner finish. C'mon, now, there was no stipulation at the beginning of the unfinished statement just what kind of smoking would be stopped. Common sense should prevail.

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: dog on

Great logic Cory. Since there is worse stuff out there lets not worry about some other stuff that makes things just a little worse. Here is a plan. Just stay in your house with all the doors and windows shut tight and smoke all you want.

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ Cory Saz

Cory, it says a lot of someone's overall intelligence or lack thereof when you have to mount a weak defense over your beloved nasty habit. Just keep sucking on those poison sticks, you've definitely got it all figured out. Us non smokers are so dumb!

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Bozarooney Smoko

"the world would no longer be your ashtray!" PUKE!

Furthermore, keep your butts in your car...do not hang your hand out the window and flick ashes, enjoy all of that sacred tabacco...in your own space in your car with your windows rolled up.

I enjoy my own CD's in my vehicle...do not disobey the noise ordinance and blast your car stereo with your windows down! Roll up your windows, turn up the bass and ruin your hearing...I still have mine and hate your music!

Do not flip your ciggie butt out the window of your vehicle. I will, and many others will take your license plate number and turn you in! No one wants to pay for a fire that you cause in Prescott!


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: JM S

...the healthcare, stocks, pharmaceuticals, doctors, lawyers, etc., would suffer. SAD

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

Well according to non smokers the air we breath would instantly be mountain fresh, free of pollutants. Sorry but china and india plus many other "developing" countries, who are not subject to i.e. Kyoto treaty by the way, will still be pumping worse pollutants into the air (and water) than all the smokers could possibly do.
But hey, it makes us feel good to tell an easy target they are being bad, and must be punished.


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: dog on

It seems to me that the pro smokers have taken this question to mean the government would somehow need to be involved. You actually have some say in how you live your life. You can choose to stop.

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Truth Now

Government would go broke

Thousands of government employees would lose their jobs

Taxes would quickly go up on other items to make for the loss in massive tax revenue lost.


Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Irving Rheingold

a lot of people would out of "WORK".....................LOL

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Haddad

@ALEC BARRY
Thank you for your brave comment and the courage to speak up about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. I am sorry for your suffering.



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