"Columbus discovered America - the great was a sailor,
And, at the same time, he taught the whole world to smoke tobacco "
The epoch of great discoveries brought a lot of new and interesting things. Including tobacco, which influenced, if not world history, then trade and medicine for sure.
At the very beginning of its victorious march through the old world, tobacco was expensive. Only rich people could allow him, for whom tobacco has become an element of aristocracy and the latest fashion. In a short period of time the plant took its place in the peasant fields. A hundred years later, it became one of the best-selling consumer goods on both sides of the equator.
The population quickly divided into opponents and adherents of tobacco products. Constant expansion of the range has led to the emergence of tobacco for pipes, roll-up cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, snuff and chewing tobacco, flavored tobacco, and, of course, cigarettes. The emergence of new facts that reported the dangers of the plant, then about its benefits. Doctors, traders, manufacturers, scientists and politicians constantly argue among themselves what is more important: a negative effect on the respiratory system or a positive sedative effect on the nervous system. The knowledge of victory passes every second from one to another and back.
Judging by the fact that the country now has a restriction on smoking in public places, the opponents of tobacco significantly benefit from their convictions. On the one hand, it seems that the right of smokers is violated on their own to decide how to live. But on the other hand, their actions should not lead to a clear violation of the health rights of others. Therefore, it is more logical to designate the places where you can smoke, and in all others - to ban.
Supporters of smoking claim that the harm from their smoke is not much higher than smog from the exhaust gases of cars. And yet these are different concepts, they are quite difficult to compare. For example, vehicles bring benefits to humanity: they help to quickly get from one destination to another. There is no benefit from the fact that a person smokes.
The personification of smoking for a long time was a muscular, tanned sailor, plying the world's ocean with a pipe in his mouth. In addition, and world leaders are often seen with a pipe or cigar. That is why smoking has become a symbol of courage and power, the privilege of a purely male. Women wisely did not enter into polemics, but silently puffed back. In the mid-twentieth century, Soviet propaganda began to talk about open smoking of capitalist women as a high level of degradation of the West. In response, the West, by the same example, demonstrated freedom and democracy.
And if in the 90s, the yard grandmothers clearly knew that a smoking woman was “necessarily” confused, then over time a bright negative turned into a slight psychological form of pressure and condemnation.
Women are trying to make them think about their future offspring. They, in response, argue that the man is involved in the process of "making children." Girls are told that smoking of the fair sex is not aesthetically pleasing, but they clarify how much aesthetics are in a smoky, especially male, beer bar? When others try to operate with the fact that smoking is aging the skin, makes the complexion gray, causes darkening and yellowing of the tooth enamel, then women boldly draw up an arsenal of cosmetics and become beautiful again. Men who reject the use of cosmetics, on this side are in a losing situation.
Most of all, it is surprising that male smokers are openly expressing a negative opinion about female smoking. Women boldly argue with them, giving their arguments and trying to sensitize the opposite sex. Everyone stays with his opinion, and the number of points of sale of cigarettes is increasing every day ...
Smoking has become another stumbling block between the mutual understanding of men and women. So, maybe you should give up the bad habit?