Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Publish Day - Angry Carmi

My latest column is in today's London Free Press and on Canoe. Click here to go straight to it, or here to see a recent archive of publishings.

Needless to say, the smokers in our midst won't be happy with me. I was in quite the mood when I wrote it: having cigarettes whipped at you by ignorant drivers will do that to you, I guess.

In the meantime, I came across an interesting site called The Truth. It seems to be technically well-built, but its cartoonish facade reveals a scary-as-hell message about the history of tobacco and its modern-day implications on all of us.

Like most worthwhile Web resources these days, it'll work best with Flash and a fast connection.


Trillian said...

Great article, Carmi. I enjoyed it very much! Every time I see someone whip a cigarette butt out a car window I want to pull them over a give them a strongly-worded scolding. I think next time I will.

Nick said...

So, free health care is a great thing. I am a big proponent. One question, though (and here you'll see how this relates to your post): Do smokers (and other people that intentionally/knowingly damage their own health receive the same, publicly funded healthcare as those who try to stay healthy?

It seems like smokers aren't only hurting themselves, but also the public by being such a drain. Again, I believe that everyone deserves help, so I am ever so careful when I say "drain," but shouldn't smokers take care of themselves, if they choose such a detrimental path?

Sorry, that question became more of an argument then I would have liked, but, as an American ;), I'm too lazy to alter it.


Lou said...

Hail Carmi, the little people's dragon-slayer!

I can't count the number of times I've sat at a red light and watched a butt (of the cigarette kind) get turfed out the window of a car. It's all I can do to restrain myself from getting out of my car and turfing it back in their's. As an incendiary device, I'd likely get charged with some silly infraction like assault, but our environment is nevertheless getting assaulted as well.

I'm sorry you got burned ... I'm sorry we're all getting burned.

I hope you get LOTS of remarks from this one because you sure stirred up my anti-smoking sentiments. My 3 year old's favourite question right now is "why" and there are just some things I just can't answer.

Go Carmi!! Please post a blog follow-up on comments you receive through your Freeps address. Thanks !!!

Carmi said...

Trillian: I'd be inclined to simply take down the license plate and call it into Crime Stoppers the next time they're looking for a sexual predator. You never know when someone will go postal on ya.

(Kidding about the Crime Stoppers thing, though, because that would waste precious resources...better to simply call the cops if you feel threatened by any activity on the road.)

Nick: Yes, access to - and payment for - universal health care is not impacted by your smoking status. That's a big point of contention for me, since smokers use a disproportionate percentage of critical health care resources. My thoughts on this are simple: If you want to kill yourself, go for it. Just make sure the rest of us don't have to pay for it.

Lou: I'm a bit of a crusader when it comes to issues like this. I know the world can be full of illogical behaviors - behaviors for which there is no explanation. But I'll keep writing. If one person changes his/her ways because of it, then my mission will have been fulfilled.