This is in the Pit so I can swear.
Last week I was attached to a family doctor in Dublin. He told me a little story, about one of his former patients.
This man had a history of Emphysema, caused by heavy smoking, and was also a problem drinker. On a routine house visit, to check on his condition now that he had been newly prescribed a home nebuliser, the doctor arrived a little earlier than expected.
The patient was stting with his feet up, watching television, with his nebuliser on and a cigarette in his hand. After warning the patient about the dangerous fire hazard that is smoking while using a nebuliser, he was further alarmed to notice the smell of alcohol emanating from the patient. The patient denied drinking, but on further questioning admitted that he had been using the nebuliser in a way not intended by the manufacturer.
That’s right folks, this guy had been nebulising Brandy!
Not only that, but he had been smoking while inhaling fumes of almost pure alcohol.
What kind of fucking hold must alcohol and tobacco have over you when you’re obviously smart enough to work out how to nebulise Brandy, but not that you could easily cause an explosion in the process by smoking while doing so.
I know that drinking and smoking were probably the only pleasures this guy had, and suspect that he really hadn’t thought it through. I don’t feel anything but pity for him.
So you know what, I pit the fuckers who make all the noise about the damage illegal drugs are doing to society, but conveniently ignore the damage that tobacco and alcohol are doing, because they’re legal, and taxable and totally different. Fuck off.
Cigarettes are harder to give up than heroin and alcohol is at the root of most public order offences, many violent crimes and a large percentage of psychological problems. Stop letting the hospitality and drinks industries control your policies, and actually do your jobs.