friend that posts stuff on social media glamorising smoking - "smoking kills, but we were born to die anyway"
unlucky4marie · 28/07/2015 14:17
I've got a friend that is very good looking and I've just logged onto sm to see some arty b&w photo where they look stunning but are smoking. With the caption "smoking kills, but we were born to die anyway".
Its had a few hundred likes and is apparently a "top story" for me.
They are being a nob right? Someone that's probably never had to deal with a family member going through a slow painful death due to smoking and being irresponsible posting crap like that.
MrsGentlyBenevolent · 28/07/2015 14:26
Unfollow her then. She's right in a way. Of course, smoking can cause problems that will have a life long impact, but it's up to her to be ignorant of those very obvious facts. I'm sure she doesn't care for people who preach at her that smoking is bad, as much as I do (although, I'd never advocate my (past) choice, as much as I don't promote drinking as something we might as well do as we 'die anyway').
User100 · 28/07/2015 15:08
It's clearly different to comments on alcohol; you can be an alcoholic but can (and many people do) drink moderately and sensibly without getting addicted. Cigarettes are both more addictive and more lethal, and more people who use cigarettes use far to many that put a serious risk on their health.
Gottagetmoving · 28/07/2015 15:42
I don't think it is any worse than the hundreds of pictures I see on facebook of young women legless and knocking back shots or wine.
However,..it is foolish to just say 'we are born to die' because you don't just 'die' you can suffer years of severe health problems and not be able to breath properly like my Mum who had bronchitis, emphysema, developed crohns disease and had two strokes before she died. She was ill for years.
Smoke if you like, but don't boast about it.
DoJo · 28/07/2015 16:35
Assuming that all the people they are friends with on Facebook are adults, then I'm not sure who they are supposed to be 'responsible' for in terms of being expected to espouse a healthy way of life? It's a fairly stupid, pointless, throwaway thing to say, but it's not like they're saying it to a class of primary school children or a group of people who are specifically trying to deal with an addiction, then I don't think it's necessarily reasonable to hold them to such a high standard of personal responsibility for the actions of others.
unlucky4marie · 28/07/2015 16:50
They were saying it publicly on insta. Where many teenagers would have seen it.
Agree its very different to drink, as tobacco is one of the most addictive subastance and is difficult not to become addicted and have in moderation. Wine does have some redeeming qualities.
CoogerAndDark · 28/07/2015 16:54
Teenagers are young, not thick. Sometimes people do things that are bad for them. Sometimes those things look pretty damn cool. It doesn't follow that Everyone will copy them and no one has the moral obligation not to be seen doing them in case anyone is silly enough to copy.
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