Friday, February 16, 2007

smoke gets in your eyes

hay naku.

ranting naman tayo. not a very good way to start a day but then...

whenever i ride the jeep, if possible, i always like to be seated in front, you know the one beside the driver. mas komportable kasi kahit pang-isahan lang yung upuan, ikumpara naman sa eight-seater sa likuran na ang pinagkakasya ay sampung elepante! hay. this morning, i got my favorite seat (at mahaba/malaki yung upuan, kahit tatlo pede), ang problema lang: sunog baga si manong!

it was not the first time seating next to smoking driver, but this early? naku naman ser, almusal ba yan? and to think most of your passengers are elementary students? bad example po yan at bad din sa mga makakalanghap ng ibinubuga mo!

i don't exactly have problems with smokers, in fact, once in a while i puff. ang ayaw ko lang at ang nakakainis ay yung mga walang konsiderasyon at hindi namimili ng lugar ng pagsusunog-baga nila. and the sad part of it, sila pa itong madalas na nagagalit kapag pinakikiusapan o sinisita. ano daw ba ang pakialam natin? kuya, bosing, ser, kami rin po walang pakialam senyo, kung hindi nyo po ibinubuga yang usok nyo sa amin, ay wala po tayong pag-uusapan. kung lulunukin nyo na lang sana yang usok, naku everybody happy di po ba?

kapag ipinaliwanag kaya sa kanila ang epekto ng second-hand smoke, mage-get kaya nila? baka bugahan pa ulit ako ng usok. hehe. this time usok na ng tambutso ng jeep nila. lol.

in our society, tolerance is sometimes the best way for you not to be in trouble but with undisciplined/uncontrolled smoking in public places especially on a jeep/bus, tolerance will get your health in trouble. the not-so-good effects of smoking in our body have been told and explained many times and in every possible means, but why is it that the public awareness on the effect of second hand smoke is not as widely "promoted" as the former?

cigarettes produced about 12 minutes of smoke, only 30 seconds of those were inhaled by the smoker and the rest the smoke? they linger on air for the rest to breathe. i chance upon these facts on the net:

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Chemicals found in second-hand smoke include:

  • carbon monoxide (found in your car's exhaust)
  • ammonia (found in window cleaners)
  • cadmium (found in batteries)
  • arsenic (found in rat poison)

it also adds:

No amount of second-hand smoke is safe.

Second-hand smoke causes sore eyes and throat, nasal irritation, headaches, coughing and wheezing, nausea and dizziness. You are also more likely to get colds and the flu. Breathing in second-hand smoke can also trigger asthma attacks and increase you changes of getting bronchitis and pneumonia.

If you are exposed to second-hand smoke for a long time, you are more likely to develop and die from heart problems, breathing problems and lung cancer.

scary, isn't it? now, if anyone can make a shirt with a design like this:

i'll order from you, just make it in black or red, and large size please (ok lang kahit medyo fitted).
hay, and we have the Anti-Smoking or No-Smoking Law (ayan, di ko na tuloy alam kung alin ang alin). naging mabait ako kanina, nagtiis na lang pero hindi maaaring hindi maramdaman ni manong driver na gusto kong sarilihin na lang nya yung usok nya: nagtakip ako ng towel (hindi panyo ha) at umubo-ubo ng konti to my left. deadma ang lolo nyo! tigas ng mukha no?
anyway i breath easily after i reached my destination but of course without me coughing harder towards his side.
pasensya na manong, di kasi ako puno ng mangga na pinauusukan para mamunga o gusto nyo batuhin ko kayo ng mangga?
peace. :)

7 comments:

vernaloo said...

"hindi kasi ako puno ng mangga na pinapausukan"

BWAHAHAHAHAHA...nice metaphor! magamit nga yan.

Seriously I dig everything you said. Wala naman talaga sila pakialam at sila pa nagagalit, yung mga jeepney drivers I mean. Dapat ipasok sa gad chamber ang mga yan!

By the link kita ha :)

snglguy said...

I'm a smoker too but I always give consideration to to people around me, especially when there are children. And I make sure to stay a safe distance before I light up. Now that's responsible smoking.

However, there are some people who just don't get it. They complain of cigarette smoke and smokers in an area usually labled as "Smoking Section" in places like bars and restaurants. What the hell are they doing in there in the first place?

As for those jeepney drivers who smoke, I blame the authorities for not actually enforcing the law. Di ba bawal na mag-smoke sa loob ng jeep at bus?

chelsea said...

i dont smoke nymore. ahm. cept for emergencies.. lol. cept when im really upset or i need to vent out. its just psychological, i know. wala lang. basta.

zherwin said...

@vernaloo - okidoks. natawa ako sa gas chamber, actually kulang yun baka nga, i-enjoy pa nila. lol

zherwin said...

@snglguy - i think it's part of the Clean Air Act or something, the problem is at ito yung parating sinabi "walang ngipin ang batas". anak ng hope at phillip, di ba ang batas mismo dapat ang ngipin? (eyes rolling)

zherwin said...

@chelsea - same here, ako pag napaparami ang inom. lol

dodong flores said...

Matagal na pala itong post na ito. Pero nakaka-relate ako.
Being an ex-smoker, I have nothing against those who smoke. But just like to what most commentators here emphasize, they should smoke in the right places.
Hate ko rin yung drivers and passengers who are smoking right there inside the jeepney. Dati, pinagsabihan ko sila. But now, I felt tired doing it. Besides, I'm told by friends not to do it na kasi baka daw mapahamak lang ako.
What I do now is just to avoid getting near of those people who smoke...

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