Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is November 16th, and we’re making plans to participate. I’ll be getting together with several cigar smoking buddies and we’ll smoke…out. We’ll start with a round of cigars, filling the air with thick tobacco smoke and light conversation. Then we’ll all have a very nice, very unhealthy dinner, followed by even more cigars.

All smokers should make a point to smoke publicly and obviously on this day. If you’re a non-smoking freedom lover you can still make a statement. Buy a big cigar and pretend. (And try lighting it up – you might find you like it.) Use this as an opportunity to make a statement about the whiney, sniveling, pussified, wimpy, nanny, lipidleggin society we’ve become.

Use caution, though, when participating in similar events for the first time. A few years ago I misinterpreted the intention of the Great American Meat Out and really embarrassed myself.

6 Comment(s)

  1. You took out a Little Smokie?

    Cindi Knox | Nov 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. I’d ask a more specific question: Was it a panatela (long and very thing), a rothchild (short and thick) or a Churchill (freaking huge)?

    Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll *answer* it.

    Hittman | Nov 2, 2007 | Reply

  3. What is also fun is to go to the organizers websites and volunteer to hold a rally so it appears on thier website. Note in your proposals that you plan to discuss the lack of significance of the passive smoking epidemiolgical data, the Dave Hittman “ask for three names” (a very fun exercise – try it) and the hurricane winds cannot clear a room of smoke theory. When I signed up for this on the WHO website, I didn’t get any encouragement and no one planned to come.

    Another fun time is to go to Wikipedia on the passive smoking issue. It is truly bloody with lots of room for participation.

    Russ Julseth

    Russ Julseth | Nov 14, 2007 | Reply

  4. Dave,

    Absolutely with you on this one. I work at a smoke shop, so you can just imagine where I stand on this one. I’ve taken the liberty of putting a link to your excellent site about second smoke on my own blog. Keep fighting the good fight!


    Stephen P. Smith | Nov 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. >>Another fun time is to go to Wikipedia on the passive smoking issue. It is truly bloody with lots of room for participation.<< The very name of that page - "Passive Smoking" - tells you what to expect. There used to be a Second Hand Smoke page as well - SHS is a more common, less politically charged phrase - but they did away with that. And the most neutral name, "ETS" is carefully avoided. The easiest way to muck with that page it to add an actual fact or two, and watch how quickly it vanishes. You'll also get a private note accusing you of vandalism. And just try getting a link to The Facts to stay there for more than ten minutes. I'll be doing a podcast on the subject fairly soon, watching facts removed in real time by True Believers.

    Dave Hitt | Nov 15, 2007 | Reply

  6. Agree. LoL-

    Monty | Nov 27, 2007 | Reply

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