There are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy smoking and those who only smoke when they spontaneously combust and/or are casting some sort of complex pyromantic wizard spell. In the interest of transparency, we’d like to point out that the two of us fall into the latter category (although in the late 90s, Pol did develop a debilitating addiction to Popeye candy sticks).
In North America, smokers – much like Nickelback fans and people who still use the word “rad” – have been rooted out and driven into the shadows by angry, politically-correct mobs. In fact, today you’d be hard pressed to find many public buildings, restaurants, hotels or petting zoos that allow you to light up a cigarette and enjoy that smooth emphysemaey goodness.
That’s probably not a bad thing given that second hand smoke has been known to cause lung cancer and various other respiratory diseases (Suggestion to the tobacco industry: how about a fun “Tumors are Cool!” campaign for the kids?). In fact, ask anyone who’s ever made out with Joe Camel and they’ll tell you that smoking can be pretty nasty (although some of that nastiness may be from swapping spit with a sophisticated, sunglass-wearing ungulate).
So why tackle the controversial issue of smoking in this week’s comic? Because that’s just the kind of hard-hitting social commentary HUMAN/NATURE is all about. Also, it’s a chance to include a cartoon dog licking his own butt. And that’s just all kinds of rad!
In conclusion: smoking is bad, making out with cartoon camels is bad and Popeye candy sticks are bad. Consider yourself warned.
Thanks for reading!
-Pol & Adam