Free to leave, the search for an apt analogy...
Can cigarette smoking can be likened to receiving a certain death sentence and whilst awaiting excecution being held in an open prison? A prison from which the prisoner is free to leave if he or she makes a determined effort to get rid of cigarettes, the prisoner holding the key his or her eventual release...?
To continue this analogy, imagine you are on death row with hundreds of other inmates just like yourself. all coughing and wheezing, lacking the energy to get up and go, in part resigned to your inevitable fate. No painless execution this one, a slow and painful death either by asphyxiation as your lungs give out or from the cancer that is slowly taking over your body.
It has to be far worse than an actual death row...
So perhaps prison is not such a great analogy, there is nothing on earth that compares. Where else does 'knowing addictive suicide' appear? Well alcoholism comes close but alcoholics self destruct in perhaps a more dramatic and altogether different fashion, committing mental and physical violence towards friends and family, before finally destroying themselves.
A closer look is needed.
If it is like a prison, then what are the bars? How is the prison laid out? Where is its exit and entrance? Who are the jailers? Who is the prison governor?
Who are the judges that sentence the smokers? Who are the police who bring the smokers to the court?
Given the severity of the penalty, what are the laws that the smoker has broken? What crimes were comitted?
Given the fact that smoking tobacco is a legal recreation, although it is difficult it is important to contemplate that it might also be a crime...
Let it Pass