Originally Posted by adpayne
From the wording of your response it's easy to tell that you smoke.
I have no problem with smoking being shown on Boardwalk Empire. As a non-smoker, I am not taken out of a film if it isn't displayed, though, either.
Your percentages are decades old. Smoking keeps declining and is between 20%-23% right now. That is much less than 1/3 of the population. At work, under 5% in my building smoke. None of my friends smoke. And of family, only my brother-in-law smokes. (All 3 of my ex-wives smoked.
Geez Art! What did you do those women??? :-)
Actually, I've sort of quit (after 35 years). I still have one every now and then...maybe totalling a pack a month. Why? Because it's enjoyable. But I don't always have to have one. In fact, I only quit because in NJ, the tax is about 70%! I certainly see a lot more people smoking than you do. Here, there are often more people outside having a smoke at a bar than there are inside. And at my company, I'd guess a little less than half the people smoke. (Then there are those who don't but want to "bum one.")
I don't dispute your poll numbers, but it depends on where it comes from. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are approx between 45 - 50 million people who admit to
smoking in the US. That is a lot of people still enjoying that freedom. Now, if numbers come from the govt or an anti-smoking organization (i.e. any with a vested interest) then I always know the real numbers are higher. Numbers are skewed (like Nielsen TV ratings), dependent on who they ask. And, who actually admits it. For example, I've come across different kids over the years who have said they were polled if they ever smoked pot. They were always promised their answers would be confidential. Every one that I've heard of replied "No." But every one of them actually DID in reality. They just didn't believe, given todays technology, that anything is truly confidential. (Smart kids!)
Anyway, did not mean to go off-topic with polemics! Back to our regularly scheduled discussion, hopefully still in progress!