I’M GLAD I DON’T SMOKE
When I was growing up in the 1950s the cars were big, the food was fatty with large portions, Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan ruled TV, and almost everyone who could get their hands on cigarettes, smoked.
It was the era of “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should” and I’d walk a mile for a Camel.” Midget bellboy Johnny Roventini sold millions of packs of Plilip Morris cigarettes with his popular announcement of “Call for Philip Morrisssseeeese!”
Most of my friends and I were in our early teens and, although my parents didn’t smoke, most of their parents did so they would frequently swipe some from their stash. I was the lucky one: Although I tried my best to smoke, cigarettes tasted obnoxious to me so I finally gave up trying.
When I entered the Air Force in 1961, I found that most of the guys I was stationed with were smokers. I gave smoking another shot at that time but my reaction was the same. I have never touched one since.
With the evidence against smoking in recent years, not to mention the high cost of cigarettes, I made the right decision although it wasn’t because of the fear of health problems or the cost; it was all about my hating the taste of the nasty things.
Every now and then, someone will come up with an idea that supposedly gives a person the pleasure of smoking, hopefully without any dangerous side effects. We’ve all seen the nicotine gum and patches and I have heard of certain pills that claim to break the habit but it seems those ideas are hit and miss if they work at all.
Lately, the panacea for smokers seems to be the e-cigarette. It looks like a cigarette although it is made of plastic. According to Wiki, " It is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often
the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke; though without its odor, and intended to omit its health risks. The device uses heat (or in some cases, ultrasonics) to vaporize apropylene glycol- or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation."
I’ve seen some people using them and to me they look kind of silly plus I would bet the enjoyment of them is far from what smokers are used to.
If I was a smoker, I doubt if I would use an e-cigarette. If you see someone smoking one, take a good look. I think they are another flash in the pan in the battle against smoking.
TOO MUCH SENSITIVITY TODAY
We have become much too sensitive. St. John’s University dropped their nickname “Redmen” in 1994 because Native Americans thought it was offensive. Never mind that the 70 year old name had nothing to do with Indians. The football team wore red uniforms, hence, “Redmen.” Now, the NCAA is threatening the U. of North Dakota about using its 80 year old “Fighting Sioux” nickname. These are just two of many examples of the silly political correctness we have to endure. Will the Whittier College “Poets” and UC Santa Cruz “Banana Slugs” be the next to feel demeaned? Let’s hope not!
Little Johnny Roventini selling Christmas cartons of Philip Morris cigarettes. He started representing them in 1933 and retired in 1974 at age 64. He died at 88 in 1998.