"A cigarette is a pipe with a fire at one end and a fool at the other."
This is a depressingly common sight around town in Kuching: an average salaryman puffing on a cigarette at a kopitiam (or coffee shop), not bothering to even leave his table to do so and remorselessly murdering his wife and young child softly with secondhand smoke.
|Behold, the common tobacco addict in his natural habitat.|
I photographed the tragic scene above on a Sunday morning, two days ago at Dong Guan Food Court at the Central Park Commercial Centre at 3rd Mile. Now, some of you smokers reading this might self-righteously denounce the bloke in the picture and declare that you are one of them mythical "considerate and responsible smokers" who would never light up in front of pregnant women, children, babies or puppy dogs, and would always, always excuse yourself to smoke away from your beautiful families. You sincerely and naively believe that you are not contributing to the annual statistics of 600,000 murders of innocent inhalers of secondhand smoke. Well, I have news for you assholes: you are still a bad mother or father, and an award-winning terrible human being.
- The children of parents who smoke are 2 to 3 times more likely than children of non-smokers to eventually pick up the habit of smoking.
- Children of smokers are more than 2 times as likely as children of non-smokers to start smoking at a younger age (between 13 to 21 years old). This is important as early onset of initiation into cigarette smoking is found to cause stronger addiction to nicotine. Starting early and being strongly addicted meant that they will smoke more in the course of their lives, and we know that every stick of cigarette a person smokes reduces 11 minutes of his or her life.
- If you smoked at any point in your life, your child is more likely to smoke even if you have stopped smoking before the kid is born. Surprise!
Even when you are not actively exhaling your noxious stupidity into your children's fresh little lungs, you are still encouraging them to take up tobacco smoking by choosing to continue pursuing your selfish, disgusting behaviour. They will then in turn go on to influence your grandchildren to smoke, and they too will influence their children and their children's children all the way down in a never-ending vicious cycle of bad parenting. That is the curse you choose to pass down to your descendants. That is your legacy.
Anyway, the irresponsible man who breathed cancer in his wife's and little boy's faces simply got rid of his cigarette butt after he was done by flicking it away like a booger he just excavated from his nostrils.
|The tobacco addict littering the streets with his phallic oral fixation.|
Regular litterbugs might do it when they think no one is looking, but smokers would shamelessly drop their cigarette butts wherever they like in full view of everybody. I'm sure we are all used to the sights of spent cigarette butts peppering our streets like the seasoning of our screaming lack of civic-mindedness but beside being an eyesore, improperly disposed stogies are serious fire hazards. Just last week, a man was arrested for setting a bus he was riding ablaze by smoking in the on-board toilet.
So to bring it all back home, if you are a smoker and have children, you are actively harming them even when you don't smoke anywhere near them. I just want you to know that. I want you to live with that.
A better father than he is,
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