I will not lie for you

Blu e-cigarette adIt is amaz­ing to think that elec­tronic cig­a­rettes will allow you to take your free­dom back. Nico­tine addic­tion is a prison, of sorts. Yes, e-cigarettes will allow you to smoke in pub­lic (though that is being debated). They will allow you to have free­dom from the poi­sons of tar and some of the other harm­ful tox­ins in tobacco smoke. But are they a path to free­dom? I don’t think so.

I’m not here to tell you that tobacco is evil. I know it brings plea­sure — and yet it kills you. My cof­fee each morn­ing is laced with a minor toxin, caf­feine. And since my mother and sev­eral of her broth­ers died from heart dis­eases, if I were only con­cerned about my health, I would kick that habit. Alas, I choose pleasure.

What I am here to say is that if I have a choice, I will not spend my hours mar­ket­ing some­thing that I could not sell to a friend. I also know that not every­one has the lux­ury of choos­ing how they spend their work­ing hours. And I do not con­demn those who spend their hours work­ing on some­thing they don’t totally believe in. As a friend said a long time ago, “Why do you think they call it work?”

If you are curi­ous, I do spend my work­ing hours on stuff I believe in. And I def­i­nitely con­sider that to be a privilege.

(And the title of this post was inspired by a song by James Tay­lor (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=cMzPf101tKY).)

2 thoughts on “I will not lie for you”

  1. Brother Bill (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A4OSXRZR2BMX8/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-0851235-0042412?ie=UTF8) says:

    I am too lazy to google-research this, but I recall hav­ing heard that the FDA was slow to react to these, but they are now fig­ur­ing out the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions. Any­how, the idea of elec­tronic cigs seems ridicu­lous to me, although I under­stand the “safer alter­na­tive” con­cept (allegedly “safer”). What’s next “e-beer”? “E-fries”? “E-cola”? (Wait, that last one already sounds dangerous.)

    1. It does seem that these days, the gov­ern­ment responds after a new law is passed. That is cer­tainly the case with the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana in Colorado.

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