I was watching TV the other day (which is in no way different than any other day) and I noticed an ad that was warning people to not drink and drive, because the cops “will find you!” I’m glad that in our society that drinking and driving is illegal and looked down upon with disdain for those who choose to make such dangerous and foolish decisions. And so this ad campaign is completely fine by me, but when I watched it, I couldn’t help but remember another ad campaign that’s put out by a group that’s called truth or something like that. Here’s one of their videos. I realize that there are a lot of campaigns out there to encourage people to quit smoking, and even some that warn people about the dangers of second-hand smoke to others, but what I wonder about is why is it that there is a group out there that is villainizing tobacco companies for selling a completely legal product to people that have the freedom to ignore the warning labels on the box and use at their own risk, while there aren’t any groups that do the same to companies that sell alcoholic beverages that have their own fair share of health risks that come with them? I’m a believer in people taking responsibility for their own actions. A long time ago, cigarette companies made a product that was dangerous to them, put an addictive ingredient in them to keep their customers coming back for more, and failed to let everyone know that they were dangerous and addicting. I get that. But our government forced them to come clean about that a while back, and now nobody can claim that they haven’t been fairly warned about the dangers of smoking. I’m glad that these measures have been taken. But why is it that alcoholic beverage companies get a free pass? That’s not actually what I have a problem with, but rather, the fact that people can blame their own poor decisions on a company when they themselves had the right to not smoke, or quit smoking, all along. I realize that it’s more prevalent and perhaps less addicting, but you could argue that alcohol is more dangerous than tobacco when you factor in drunk driving accidents, alcohol-related domestic violence, drunken bar-fights, etc. to go along with cirrhosis of the liver or other long-term effects of drinking. So again I ask, why is it that in the case of tobacco, the blame is put on the company selling the product, when in the case of alcohol, the blame is put solely on the consumer? And why do we see TV commercials for beer and liquor but will never see one for a cigarette or a cigar? Maybe there’s a big point I’m missing here, and so I’d really like to know what that could be. My take is, and forever will be: Our country allows people of certain ages to use certain products at their own risks, so long as they don’t endanger the lives of others in doing so. To go along with those liberties, we must realize it is on us, as the consumers, to make wise decisions about using those products, and we have no one to blame but ourselves if those products harm us. For the record, I’m a person that doesn’t smoke cigarettes, in fact, I never have, and I’ve only used tobacco maybe 3 or 4 times in the form of hookah or cigars, just to try it. It doesn’t do anything for me, and the feeling of having smoke in my lungs is not a pleasant one. I don’t recommend it. I have used alcohol many times in my life, and even to the point of inebriation, and all of my actions during those times I take complete responsibility for, although, there’s not really anything that I’ve done that was very bad at all. When it comes to alcohol, I can definitely take it or leave it. So what do you think? Is it fair that tobacco companies get blamed, while individuals take their own blame for acting foolish from the effects of alcohol? I don’t think so.