I'm writing in regards to the "Ruin your own lungs" piece from the Reader Forum on Nov. 29. While I agree that people who don't smoke should not have to breathe other people's smoke, I cannot comprehend how someone can be on such a high horse about it.
This person wrote "I have always looked at them (smokers) as if they were less than me ... honestly they are."
Who are you? It is this type of attitude that has drawn such harsh lines between people in our society. Do you really believe you are better than someone just because they smoke? Do you feel the same about people who are overweight or obese also?
The very statement claiming your superiority over anyone shows how very much you are not. You voiced your opinion with your vote; is it really necessary to be hateful and intolerant? You "can't have respect for smokers?" What does one have to do with the other? Many great and influential people throughout history have been smokers. Does this mean they don't deserve respect? I'm guessing no.
The issue with this letter that bothers me has nothing to do with smoking. It is this person's attitude of judgment that has me boiling. Wouldn't society be so much nicer to live in without attitudes of superiority such as this? I believe a better judge of character would be just that, look at the character, not what is in their hand.