I was driving past our downtown Kirkland "Smokin Hot Smoke Shop" today and couldn't help but notice their giant banner announcing a FREE TRIAL OFFER for a vaporizer and e-cigarette. Well, isn't that super??! Somehow this just rubs me the wrong way. But I can't put my finger on it. And I'm sure some of you are going to go berserk on me when you read this. But I also think some of you feel the weird vibe this sign creates too.
I know they have the same right as anyone to advertise their business...does it feel like they're encouraging the general public to smoke (legal, I realize...)? Maybe next door we could open a porn shop and your first DVD is free? Or a gun store offering free bullets? Same strange corner of the universe perhaps- Compelling to some, but offensive to others? Maybe it's the location I can't wrap my brain around. I dunno. Go ahead, comment. I'll brace myself (probably while you are all rushing out to get your free vaporizers....) ~j