An Argument for Smoking- Nick Fuentes
I know what you’re thinking. No, this is not going to be another college student writing a piece on why hippies think pot should be legal or how the government could benefit from taxing some measly plant. Actually, I’m more concerned with the smoking of the already legal product and MTV’s favorite PSA target: cigarettes. If you’re a smoker, you’ll probably either cough or need to take a couple extra breaths just to read most of these sentences out loud. Yes, the cigarette smoker is the victim in this piece.
This topic is brought up a lot around St. Edward’s, and rightly so, as there are a lot of students who like to light up in between classes. Some people don’t mind walking through the plumes of smoke that haunt the walkways between many of the popular smoker hangouts on campus. Others get their knickers in a bunch about smoking and its effects of exposing the smoke to nonsmokers. Personally, I’m not a cigarette smoker, in that I don’t find myself walking into a store and asking for a certain pack that hits the spot just right. But I’ve smoked a couple in my day. My opinion is that I hate the smell they leave on the tip of my index finger after I finish burning one down. Similar to those of you reading, alcohol can often persuade me to disregard normal inhibitions. Which in the case of cigarettes would be instant hate of the smell left on my fingers, therefore instant decline when offered a cigarette.
What I want to address is this: Smoking plants has been just as much a part of human culture and ingrained in us by our most distant ancestors, as drinking alcohol. Again this is not about smoking weed. Throwing back a couple brews has facilitated the history of man and the new buzz word “Globalization.” We partake in the sauce during our most important times, honestly. As a student of St. Edward’s University, the facilitation of human civilization and Globalization are topics I’ve had to deal with a couple of times, forcibly and in multitudes. Yeah, CULF classes, I’m talking to you. Smoking plants has been a part of the process too. In fact, a lot of students from abroad can be seen outside of Trustee laughing, sharing with one another, and enjoying life. Many of those students are doing so while having a smoke break.
Ask anyone who isn’t smoking, but is having a grand time with the smokers, if they’ve heard of the harms of second hand smoke and about the smell that may or may not linger on your backpack (#firstworldproblem). Of course they have; we all have. We’re also very numb to the gruesome worst case scenario pictures we we’re shown in the eighth grade. I’ve honestly had enough of the saturated anti-smoking jargon and PSA’s, but that could just be me. Most people we encounter are intelligent enough to understand all the craziness surrounding cigarettes, for the information is everywhere.
I’ve met some pretty cool people while smoking a cigarette. Some of which were students from another country. The ratio of international students to the rest of us at St. Edward’s actually makes situations like that pretty common. Sharing freely with various international students over a smoke-right there on the back porch of my boy Popelka’s house-is a scenario I’ve lived countless times. Globalization by interacting with a culture foreign to my own happens during one of our most important actions as humans: partying.
I’ve lived to tell the stories also; no smoke related complications have sprung up as a result of those interactions. Those casual, chance instances are something that I really enjoy about the Hilltop, and I never regret all the fun that took place. Even when I wake up the next morning realizing that, once again a cigarette found me after I found the whiskey.
Embrace the people who smoke, international or not, and they’ll embrace you and politely blow their smoke away from your face. Human interaction is an incredible thing. Especially when that interaction comes about through disregarding inhibitions like the smell left on one’s finger after a cigarette or as impactful as cultural differences.
Besides, I really feel bad for all the crap that smokers receive. Smoking tobacco is something that is done all over the world and has been done for centuries, and now the procedures of mega tobacco companies have caused for a massively negative connotation to arise. Most of which is towards cigarettes and, in a way, those who smoke them. I try to disregard all of that, simply because of the people that I have shared plenty of laughs and insight into the world with over a smoke. My point is that the cigarette smokers get enough criticism from all the PSA’s and awful pictures that they don’t need it from the humans they actually interact with in life. Give smokers a second chance; it’s the least you can do. Have a heart and just think about what smoking cigarettes can do to them.
Look how far human interaction and Globalization have taken us. A lot of it facilitated through alcohol and cigarettes humans have shared throughout history and during our most important milestones.