I realize I won’t get to much sympathy on this issue but that’s okay. I don’t need it but I do need to get this off my chest. As of Dec 1st, Minnesota now has a fire safe cigarette. Isn’t that kind of like an oxymoron? Fire safe cigarettes?!?!?!
Okay, cigarettes are hot, they can burn you, they can start fires. Doesn’t that mean you need to be careful with them and make sure you don’t start a fire? I have smoked for more than 35 years and yes, I have burnt a few things. My bathroom vanity has taken the worst abuse but that has happened with me standing right there. I have never burnt down my home nor have I ever started a fire with one. They have fallen out of the ashtray while I’ve been doing my hair. I have never left the house with one going or fallen asleep with one.
What they’ve done has been to put paper thicker in three different parts of the cigarette to act as “speed bumps” so they go out. Can you please tell me the point of smoking a cigarette that keeps going out? Right at the beginning you have to draw so hard you almost choke to death just to get it going. Once it’s going it’s still hard to keep them lit. Mid way is another one and it will go out if your not drawing on it constantly. There’s one more about 3/4 of the way through it and at that point, you may as well just put it out. The taste is awful.
A few things I’ve noticed about these “new” cigarettes is that if you go to put them out and it’s at one of these “speed bumps,” they don’t go out right. The paper is thicker there and it kind of snaps and breaks. Last night I put one out because I was ticked off because it would NOT stay lit and it snapped at that speed bump point and smoldered in the ash tray and started all the other cigarettes in the ash try smolder. Yes, that’s safe.
I have a “small” case of OCD and there have been many times I’ve left to go somewhere and I’ve turned around and gone home to “make sure” I didn’t leave a cigarette or candle burning or my curling iron or coffee pot on. Now can I say “oh, it will go out by itself?” The thing about that is they are saying that there will be 3-4 packs in a carton that don’t burn out that way. So I think that is a really bad idea because people will be even less careful than they already are. Another danger I’ve noticed in some of these cigarettes is you really have to keep puffing on them and the cherry gets so long that I’ve gone to flick it into the ashtray and half of it stayed on the cigarette and the other half just fell off. I had to scoop it off the floor. Needless to say, they don’t taste the way they used to just because of the way you have to keep drawing on them to keep them lit. If you have to re-light them, they taste harsh as all get out.
Did I mention candles??? Are they now going to make candles that go out too? Every few minutes you have to re-light them? What about stove fires? Should they make stoves that just go off after a certain amount of time? Of course not but why are the smokers getting picked on again? I almost would’ve rather they just quit making them. Then I’d have no choice. Why is it that cigarettes are still allowed to be made? Is it because there is to much money in them?
There are a lot of dangers in this life and there are an awful lot of “accidents” that happen to people. There are always going to be IDIOTS people who aren’t careful. What about forest fires and propane fires? We all as people need to be careful but why just pick on the same people over and over? Most of the cigarettes I enjoy the most, I don’t even smoke. When I’m sitting here on the computer, I let more burn out than I smoke. It’s what I enjoy.
So just quit you all say. You know, I enjoy smoking. I don’t want to quit. I know how bad that sounds but I really enjoy smoking. I don’t rob banks or rape small children. I just smoke cigarettes. Why don’t we tell fat people to just stop eating? Tell drinkers to just stop or shopaholics to just stop shopping? We all have bad habits and if we don’t have the habit, it sounds so easy to say “just quit.” But it’s not easy if it’s your habit and you.
There is only one good thing that came of this. My brother got the courage to quit. Today it’s been 16 days but by the time this gets posted, it will be more so WAY TO GO DARRYL.