After viewing a story in ninemsn yesterday about Hobart and it’s ever tightening anti smoking laws and hearing an interview on the radio yesterday morning form a leading Adelaide lung surgeon calling for a total ban on smoking I too am drawn to ask… Isn’t it time to ban smoking for good?
There are no butts any more. No buts about whether or not smoking is bad for you or not. It is conclusive. Smoking is not like alcohol and other vices that can have little to no harm with small amounts of consuption. As we have all heard time and time again in the Quit campaigns, every cigarette is doing you damage!
So why are they not banned?
I, as I’m sure nearly every other Australian is, have been personally touched by the curse of cigarettes. They took my grandfather from my family far before his time was due. He was an addict. He found it impossible to quit. So why don’t we make smoking impossible to all smokers?
Are the 20,000 something other grandfathers, grandmothers, mums, dads and brothers and sisters lives who are lost each year not worth the hassle? Or is it that the billions of dollars ending up in the governments coffers too valuable? Surely the cost to the health system would outweigh that tax anyhow!
Many smokers may argue that it is a lifestyle choice, and that they know the risks they are taking. However other harmful drugs that many people would also claim are lifestyle choices are highly illegal and very firmly policed. Why should cigarettes be any different, especially when you consider that many of those other drugs do not have the direct effects on other people that cigarettes can have. According to Quit it is estimated that over 1500 people die each year as a result of the passive smoke that has been proven to cause lung cancer and heart disease.
Do the non smoking general public really deserve to have those risks imposed on them by people who do choose to smoke cigarettes?
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