Why Don't Mexicans Smoke?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't younger generations proud to be brown?

DEAR MEXICAN: I noticed that Mexican people don't generally smoke. Don't get me wrong—I'm not condoning smoking, but it's interesting to see how some groups do or do not smoke, and I have yet to see a Mexican person smoke cigarettes. Does the tobacco industry not target Latinos?

Fulminating Fumador

DEAR GABACHO SMOKER: American Lung Association stats show that Latinos have the second-lowest rate of smoking among ethnic groups, with only 15.8 percent of Latinos smoking in 2008, compared with 21.3 percent of negritos and 22 percent of gabachos. And in the Latino category, Mexican immigrants had an astoundingly low rate of 11.6 percent (Chicanos, on the other hand, smoke at a 20.1 percent rate—go, assimilation!). And it's not a new trend—studies going back to the 1980s cite the low smoking rate of Mexis. Reasons? Catholicism, mostly; the Church forbade smoking back when it ruled Mexico, and the stigma resonates to the present day. Besides, Mexicans need their lungs for the Reconquista. Our livers, on the otra hand? Meh . . .

Mark Dancey

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DEAR MEXICAN: Mexicans, birds and ferrets all seem to be naturally attracted to shiny, sparkly things, no matter how gaudy or tacky. If evolution is true, does this mean Mexicans evolved from birds and ferrets?

Fond of Frottage

DEAR GABACHO: No, we're descended from jaguars—and evolution says we'll eat gabachos to extinction. . . . Or is that demographics?

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DEAR MEXICAN: Hola! I'm a longtime reader, first-time writer. I've thinking a long time about what to ask because I don't want it to be a dumb question that embarrasses me. I finally decided to ask about something that tends to bother me a lot. Why do you think the second and/or third generations of Mexicans born in this country don't know about their history? What makes parents not teach their kids? My father is Mexican, and my mom is of Latino descent. When I was a small boy, I was always taught about my heritage, and I embrace it. I know it has to do with where I was brought up, but I was raised in a predominately Mexican area of Houston. When we moved away from there, it was to an area with more gringos than anything. Now my brother, who is 13 years younger than I am, knows a small amount, if anything, about his heritage. Damn it! I'm proud to be brown, and I think the younger generations should be, too. Just so you know, I am not some cholito with tattoos and a lowrider; I'm just a regular guy in his twenties who happens to know where he comes from.

El Niño Confundido

DEAR CONFUSED BOY: It's not just the second- and third-generation Mexicans who forget their history; as you noted in your own family story, even younger siblings within familias forsake their traditions, even if they live in the brownest sections of town. But everyone in this country forgets, from the Know Nothings who are currently demonizing Central American and Mexican kids coming across the border with the same language used against their ancestors to Mexican-Americans who rail against new arrivals from southern Mexico despite being más darker than pressure-treated redwood to the neocons who want us to invade Iraq anew. I wish I could end this answer on a funny note, but our collective historical amnesia is the biggest threat to the U.S.'s future since . . . a yak in heat!

 
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keithfresno
keithfresno

I'd say it's Mexican-Americans who smoke far less than Mexicans in Mexico.  I forget where I saw the stat, but Mexico has a higher percentage of smokers than the US does.  I just chalked up the difference between Mexicans in Mexico and Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the US to personal finances.  Cigarettes have gotten increasingly expensive in the US, and represent an exorbitantly priced luxury to lower-wage earners trying to make a living here.  When immigrants feel the need to be frugal in order to gain a foothold in the US, there's no room for that kind of thing, and by the time they've gotten established with homes, kids in school, and the like, they've lost the habit and their kids for the most part haven't picked it up.

edwardsolis00
edwardsolis00

light a joint and see how many mexicans show up lol.

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thevanderiper
thevanderiper

I see more Mexicans at the Latina Massage Parlors if anything else! www.rubmaps.com

z654ray
z654ray

 Dear Mexicans,

Thank you for overwhelmingly proving to amer citizens,(white, black, asian etc,) the fact that you are incapable of ever advancing from barbarism. It's in your DNA period. You have no moral compass,. you're void of civility and manners. And DUMB! duh, thus uneducated  "below average" in Spanish speaking /writing skills and illiterate in English. 

This makes us Superior to you Savages.

We the people are fed up with you using our sidewalks and streets as a trash can and defacing our property with yer eye sore crappy graffiti. You're trashing our infrastructure and landscape, not to mention costing us billions of tax payer dollars by leeching off our system, dropping yer anchor babies, hit and run accidents, spreading your 3rd world diseases and far too many offenses to mention in this post.

Obama's on his way out and so are you. Face it, your days here are numbered.

Meanwhile, you should stay out of our way and one last tip, now pay attention. 

Here in America, we have this thing called modern plumbing. This allows us to dispose of our waste in a civilized manner; (google it). Stop throwing your nasty, stinky burrito feces toilet paper on the bathroom floor where it rots, festers and creates a health hazard. Please deposit it in toilet bowl.

Oh and don't forget to flush

yours truly,

USA

 

Ali1111111
Ali1111111

Please google the Mexican American war, which was only 166 years ago. You will realize that more than likely you are living in what used to be Mexican land. To all you racists out there, please read a history book or go back to the slums of Ireland, Italy, England, Scandinavia, Germany and the other countries your ancestors were thrown out of for being bottom of the barrel, classless peasants. Looks like you too forgot!

Vawlkee
Vawlkee

Hey "Mexican", you were born in Anaheim, what frikkin' part of "Mexico" is that??!!

Gustavo, you're a greasy little worm that predicates his whole existence on the hatred of Caucasians - or as you, so thoughtfully refer to us as: "gabachos".

Where else but in the US can a worthless little scumbag like you make a living badmouthing  another race and get away with it!


cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Smoking is more lower class white thing.. The states that have the highest smoking are West Virginia and Kentucky. Smoking is low in whites in Orange County since California is more against smoking than the states mention above. Maybe Mexicans didn't do much smoking in Mexico and when they moved to California it never was a high smoking state so they did what everyone else did.

TruthTeller
TruthTeller

Too bad the same can't be said about their levels of alcohol consumption.

Maria Del Sol Saenz
Maria Del Sol Saenz

In the spirit of satire..more so to answer your question.. ...because they wear such tight pants it affects their massive Mexican cajones...lol. Did someone say Viva Argentina! !! Lol:-P

Rob Ortiz
Rob Ortiz

This articles are stoopid af

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

They figured out they don't have to smoke.  They can bankrupt our healthcare system in other ways.  Diabetes for one.

pwzapster
pwzapster

I have lived in Mexico 10 yrs.  50% of my Mexican friends smoke, even here in the highlands.  Probably because its cheap.


Q2:  its called assimilation.  Happens to everybody who moves to a different country or region, they gradually forget the past, or 1st gen deliberately erases the past.  Human nature.

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

A better name for this column is Ask A Windbag to ramble on about stupid shit nobody cares about.

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

We are a bunch of meat sacks... We were taught to be humans

Reyna Reyn
Reyna Reyn

Everything about this is idiotic and offensive!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

We all are better Americans, if we have pride in our various backgrounds, and how it ties IN to contributions to this country in positive ways, to counter the persistent PREJUDICED people, within and outside our culture, If I wouldn't have pride in my heritage and family as a Mexican, then I wouldn't be a proud American, and confident in addressing racist or ignorant, self-hating humans!!!!!!!!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

Hey Chris, World's most profitable drug market, thankz to ALL the many Middle-Class ANGLO SAXONS, SCORING ON ALL KINDS OF DRUGS, AND DRIVING BACK TO SUBURBIA OR High End Neighborhoods to do YOUR Vices and keeping AN IMAGE, AS ANGELS, AND MEXICANS GET THE BAD REPP!!!!!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

Afford, it's because WE like to hang out as family, and make the best of our poverty, with keeping pride and hard work and spend wisely for the most part, ONLY PREJUDICED ANGLO SAXON S WOULD SAY OR THINK IN THE WAY, YOUR ARE EXPRESSING YOUR ASS, PAUL LUCAS, SACK OF SHIT, HOW U LIKE THEM APPLES, BirCH !!!!!!!!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

I say it's only good, if they aren't being assholes of their own people and ARE technology, and business minded, but most are ignorant and speak spanglish, look down on our older and darker skin (paisas) brothers and sisters, I`ve overheard many comments which is a lack of deep cultural knowledge, that would give context to OUR contributions in this country, yet they wouldn't be sayin` uncomplementary comments of say Blacks, but o.k. of rtf heir own heritage, especially with the children being sent to enter undocumented into U.S.!

Miguel Enriquez
Miguel Enriquez

I will murder you and all of your piece of shit family and rape all the women be careful with what you say we can easily find out where you live you moron

lonhall
lonhall

Latinas don't smoke?! OMG!! That's as counter=-intuitive as saying pasty flacas are sexy.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@z654ray Wow, you hit all the wingnut stereotypes. Nice work. For the record Mexicans were in this country long before Obama was elected, actually they were here long before it was a country. Santa Fe was founded in 1607, guess who founded it?

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

@Ali1111111 Silly mojado, Mexico only "owned" this land for 37 years and during that time they invested absolutely nothing in it.  The Spanish at least exported cow hides and tallow.  ONLY because the evil whiteman came and built the society that is here today, do the hordes decide "dey stole are LAN!!!"

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

@Vawlkee If you look closely at Anacrime, you will see it really is part of MX in everything but name.  They have "transformed" it into a lovely vibrant multicultural tapestry of richness.  With dozens of murderous raza street gangs.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

How about a shit class of every race? Douche.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

A lower class white thing? How about a shit class of every race. Douche.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Mexicans can't afford to smoke.

richard
richard

hey mensa:  cajones are drawers or crates.  cojones are what you are tizzling about.  RR

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

It doesn't matter how many times you repeat the bankrupt lies, it only convinces your fellow know-nothings. Undocumenteds get very little public assistance, which is more than compensated by the labor they put into our economy. The problem is our home-grown working poor and byzantine system of payment. How much of "health" costs go into insurance coffers? 25%? 50%?

Ali1111111
Ali1111111

Please google the Mexican American war, which was only 166 years ago. You will realize that more than likely you are living in what used to be Mexican land. To all you racists out there, please read a history book or go back to the slums of Ireland, Italy, England, Scandinavia, Germany and the other countries your ancestors were thrown out of for being bottom of the barrel, classless peasants. Looks like you too forgot!

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

"... and keeps me coming back for more" - Peyton Farquhar

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Multiply this by 52,000 and you can see why we don't want more illegals in this country.

WhiteFEAR
WhiteFEAR

@downtownbrown @Ali1111111 OK..but what about YOUR filthy ancestors fleeing THEIR home countries instead of staying put and fighting for it? Isn't that what you stupid GABAS say everytime you tell a MEXICAN they should stay in MESHEECO?? Even if it was MExican territory for ONLY 37 years..It was STILL... MEXICAN... TERRITORY..got it asshole?? It doesn't makeit OK for GABACHOS TO TAKE WHAT WASN'T THEIRS OK? You must be a WHITE "CHRISTIAN" CoNSERVaTIVE to have those kind of morals and logic...Am I right ASSWIPE?

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

@BillxT Illegals' children are eligible for public assistance and boy do they know how to pump out children!!  And no illegal is ever turned away from a hospital, they get medical treatment on our dime.

Ali1111111
Ali1111111

Please google the Mexican American war, which was only 166 years ago. You will realize that more than likely you are living in what used to be Mexican land. To all you racists out there, please read a history book or go back to the slums of Ireland, Italy, England, Scandinavia, Germany and the other countries your ancestors were thrown out of for being bottom of the barrel, classless peasants. Looks like you too forgot!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Ah, sure. Great idea. Ok. Ready? Your comments really are genius. Wow.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Thanks for once again demonstrating your ignorance of reality.

 
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