King Strong Response Essay

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Smoking has become a debatable topic in recent years, with everyone having his or her own opinion of the issue. There is a sudden push to get everyone to stop smoking. In her essay "I'd Rather Smoke than Kiss" Florence King takes on the anti-smokers and the way they are treating smokers today.

Florence King states how misanthropes (someone who hates people), or "smokists" (King 134) are brutally attacking the society of smokers. In "Smokers on the Run", the first of three sections in the essay, King explains that "Passive Americans" are starting to get their points across through anti-smoking campaigns. Little signs in their homes and cars, shouting at smokers in restaurants, and by issuing conditional invitations. She claims it was reported that if people quit smoking it could be hazardous to the pension system as smokers would live longer and collect more Social Security.

Her second section titled "Health Nazis" King talks about the American's worst nightmare of being physically disgusting and smelling bad.

The public service ads that are on television attempt to portray how disgusting smoking is, she uses an example of an ad that proclaimed, "kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray" (King 136).

In the third section "The New Greenhorns", she states the "anti-smoking campaign"

(King 137) wants us to believe that college graduates are less likely to be smokers than those who were educated no further than high school. The white blue-collar working class are the smokers, especially uneducated, women, factory workers age 18-24 who do not know any better.

Although King is able to display her feelings openly and portrays the article well from her point of view, she fails to write her article in a way the reader can understand and doesn't recognize the proven negative effects smoking...