Hear me out.
I've disliked the smoke grenade stun since the game's release. I think that the ability to drop meatshields, including the leader in CTL with them and the added capacity for them to drop heavy weapons and detonate grenade plants are good additions and should always stay. However, I truly believe that the stun should simply be removed just as the extraordinarily similar one was removed in Gears 2. With those properties remaining the smoke grenade would still retain plenty of "tactical" value.
I was always opposed to that smoke stun in Gears 2! It was removed because Gears players do not like to have their movement restricted, yes? I fail to see how the Gears 3 smoke is drastically different. It still restricts one's movement. I don't think that the stun itself adds anything positive to the gameplay; it only detracts from it. Smokes will still be incredibly useful with the stun gone; the smoke effects are better than in any previous title, and it could retain its other properties. But I would weep for joy if that stun, that should never have been in the game since it is so dreadfully similar to the infamous Gears 2 smoke, were gone.
Except for its other properties such as detonating grenades, I think smoke should just smoke.
*The thread title should not be interpreted literally. Read this whole post.