Jay’s Blog – Ramblings: Nobody likes smokers

I saw a job advert recently for a Kitchen Porter which said: “We only hire non-smokers”. Which lead me to question – are smokers being discriminated against? Is that even allowed?

After a quick Google search, I discovered that yes, it is perfectly legal for employers to refuse applicants on the basis that they smoke. Now, I dunno about you, but I think that this is plain wrong.

Apparently (please – someone correct me if I’m wrong), the NHS do not give lung transplants to lung cancer patients. Which I kind of understand, apart from the fact that I pay almost 20% in VAT on top of an additional tax of 16.5% of the price paid at the till point. More than enough to pay for many lung transplant surgeries over my many years of smoking.

cigaretteLook, smokers aren’t stupid. It is a vice. Which is why we accept these ridiculous price increases year on year. We get that it’s supposed to be a deterrent and that many people see it as a dirty habit. But as a society, are we not pro-choice and have a right to live how we choose?

Cigarettes aren’t illegal yet because the government makes too much money off the back of the sale of tobacco products. According to the Tobacco Manufacturing Association website, £12.3 billion was made in Tax revenue from the sale of tobacco products in the UK in the years 2012-2013. In recent reports, it has been estimated that smokers cost the NHS £1.8 billion a year. From those figures, I’d say that we have more than paid for the right to free health care just like everybody else without being refused treatment. By that logic, anybody who does anything to harm their body in any way should be penalised in the same way.

I try my best to not smoke around kids. I can’t help it if your child decides to walk into a place where I’m smoking – I’m not moving my ass for no-one. There are RULES dammit! All I’m saying is that smokers are people too. I don’t particularly enjoy being tutted at by self righteous soccer mums so please don’t look down on us.

We’re just trying to look cool.

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7 thoughts on “Jay’s Blog – Ramblings: Nobody likes smokers

  1. Very interesting post! I love the way you write. I’m a non-smoker but you do raise some good points. I think it is very hypocritical when many non-smokers who have unhealthy habits as bad as if not worse than smoking look down on smokers. Your blog is so ecclectic, keep it up!

  2. I really hope you keep at it, Jay. And I’m sorry for all the discrimination that you must go through. I like that you’re direct and hold nothing back. Too many people are more interested in being popular than being honest.

    I was going to say something in Korean, but it’s been so long I forgot pretty much all of it. Oh well, I guess English will do for now. Take care, Jay!

  3. I have been one of those very happy smokers for 35 years. I quit recently and now I am a happy ex-smoker. I started smoking when it was “chic” and oh I felt so sophisticated, that was in the 80’s. Over the years it changed and I felt like an outcast, still I didn’t care, I was a smoker …so get over it! My life, my choice! You are right, there is a lot of discrimination going on!

    • Hey nonsmokingladybug. Congratulations on giving up a pointless habit and thank you for commenting! 35 years is certainly a long time. The thing is, it is an addiction at the end of the day. I think all smokers are aware of the risks and just prefer to not deal with the hassle of withdrawal.

      I think more should be done to prevent children from being tempted to pick up the habit but demonising a group of people isn’t the answer.

      • You are right! That’s why I started my blog about my “quitting journey” just to show people it can be done. I did it…that means everybody can 🙂

        I think education is the key. I will continue my blog and will attack the tobacco industry..that’s a promise

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