Smokers are some of the most obnoxious people you'll meet, and you're everywhere in Portland. You pissed people off so much, there's an actual law that says you can't smoke indoors. Second-hand smoke doesn't bother me as much as it does other people, and I feel people have the right to do what they want with their bodies assuming they don't externalize health costs on other people and businesses should have the freedom to do what they want on private property within limits (like smoking.)
However, one thing that really pisses me off about smokers: Their cigarette butts lining streets, parks, and generally every place on earth. Why do you idiots like to litter a beautiful city like Portland?
Yeah, I've heard the lame excuses about other items that get littered and that cigarette butts are biodegradable (even though cigarettes with plastic filters take a long time to break down). Great, nuclear waste breaks down too. Litter is litter; accept it for what it really is.
Other than being blatantly obnoxious, studies show smokers to be less intelligent than non-smokers. Spending more than $5 to fill your lungs with cancer? Only a rube would do that.
On second thought, I think I have just made the case for smokers to keep smoking and die quicker so you don't have to infect us all with your stupid, irritating, and very dirty existence.
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