Stiekeme rokers

De onderdrukking van rokers heeft een vreemd bijeffect: bij een klein onderzoekje onder 100 rokers dat een New Yorks weekblad afnam bleek dat niet minder dan éénderde stiekum rookte en er niet voor uit wilde komen dat ze rookten. 


Deze (meestal ex-)rokers rookten op de gekste plaatsen en probeerden de effecten ervan te verdoezelen voor echtgenoten, bazen en familie met kauwgom, deodorant en andere inventieve technieken…


Zelfs op het Witte Huis wordt stiekem, op het hoogste niveau (Laura Bush), gerookt op de WC…


While no study has quantified how many are “secret” smokers, the number may be higher than most suspect. Following the revelation that ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, a former smoker, is being treated for lung cancer, New York magazine polled 100 smokers about how often they smoke, where they smoke, and other aspects of their habit. One-third confessed to hiding their smoking from parents, bosses, children or spouses.


In at least one state — Georgia — teachers and other public employees risk losing their health insurance for a year if they’re caught lying about their smoking habit.


“I understand the health part,” says Donna, a receptionist for a Chelsea, Mass., home-supplies company. “It’s feeling like a criminal that’s disturbing.”


Secret smoking isn’t just sitcom fodder, either. No less a public figure than Laura Bush was pegged as a secret smoker (her press secretary would neither confirm nor deny press reports) as recently as last year, long after she supposedly gave up cigarettes in the early 1990s. According to an October 2002 Washington Post article, the first lady has been known to reach for a cigarette in times of stress, provided no photographers are there to catch her in the act.


The White House Weekly published a February 2004 article suggesting Bush was still struggling with the habit. According to the report, a White House waiter admitted scrambling to find the first lady a cigarette during a fundraiser at the presidential residence.


And yet the Republic somehow still stands.


Zou het echte aantal rokers dan toch nog veel groter zijn dan de overheid en Stivoro willen toegeven?


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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland


  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH