Not my kind of club

While buying gasoline the other day I saw this:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year.1 In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.

I recognize their  right to sell the product as well as the right of the smokers to use it.

I am exercising my right to buy from someone else.

We deserve better



15 Responses to Not my kind of club

  1. John Dungan says:

    The problem is that most places that sell gasoline also sell cigarettes. For some reason smokers buy their smokes while filling up. I was put off just yesterday while waiting for assistance at the self check out of a Walmart Neighborhood Store because the same clerk who is assigned to provide assistance in that area also has to open up the locked – and very large – cigarette display to sell single packs of smokes.


  2. Anonymous says:

    So you also oppose every place that sells alcohol? Meat with too much fat? Sugary drinks?


  3. Snowflakes Unite! says:

    Brutus is a snowflake. Who’da thought?


  4. Rico Suave says:

    Smoking and filling Up with Gas sounds dangerous…


  5. Bacchus says:

    Some of you (including me) could be missing Brutus’ point. While I don’t think boycotting gas stations selling tobacco is practical (because they all sell), I do think Brutus is pointing out the irony of a sign in 2020 that encourages people to do something that is known to be bad for them and bad for us all. The we-know-it’s-bad-to-smoke-but-we-do-it-anyway issue is even more ironic right now since the country is freaking out about a virus that kills 2% of those infected when most of us turn a blind eye to this other problem (smoking) that kills 100% and has a much greater impact and heavier societal cost than the current outbreak. I would argue that alcohol has an even heavier cost than tobacco, wider usage, and is advertised heavily at sporting events. What kind of message are we trying to send with that? We are a hedonistic society to be sure. As Michael Jackson sang, don’t stop ’till yo get enough…


  6. Bud says:

    Stores like Circle K, Valero and 7-Eleven also make a point to put large, single bottles and cans of beer on ice near their registers, which encourages drinking while driving.


  7. Anonymous says:

    If smoking is bad and should be controlled, then so is every other risky behavior: overeating; drinking alcohol; consuming marijuana; visiting prostitutes; etc.

    Why is one bad habit worse than any other? And how is it that people who live in a free country so often feel the urge to control the behavior of others?


    • Anonymous says:

      How would opposition to smoking be any different to opposition to homosexuality? Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t. People are either free to live their lives or they are not.


      • Risky Business says:

        Smokers are not just hurting themselves. Second-hand smoke also puts young girls and women at greater risk for breast cancer. No one’s life should be at risk because some idiot wants to drink and drive or text and drive.


  8. ANONYMOUS ! ! ! says:

    You’re not even doing a thimble’s worth of financial damage to that particular gas station, not to mention that this won’t convince one person to stop smoking. You’ll just spend more time driving until you find a “better” gas station. l guess this now means that there will be one less person in line when l fill up on the 256 oz. Big Gulp Slurpee (boysenberry flavored, of course) and also get one of those delicious hot dogs that have been sitting in the hot dog warmer since the George H. W. Bush admin.


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