paradoxsm: The train just came off the tracks and suddenly went off-topic lol., though "obesity" and "smoking" are kind of related, smoking apparently stops the food cravings smokes often say.
Behodar: I've never smoked and I agree with many of the comments posted so far. I think that the idea of increasing the minimum age every year is a good one as it won't inconvenience anyone that currently smokes. I also hate it when people smoke in public places that I need to pass through. As also mentioned, I think that limiting the advertising is a good plan too.
hbk: moderation is the answer but I guess addiction is stronger than most people.
gehenna:hbk: moderation is the answer but I guess addiction is stronger than most people.
Surely at this stage of the game it's just mentally deficient for an individual to smoke, for whatever reason?! It's not an airy fairy theory that they're incredibly harmful, no matter the quantity or frequency. We're not talking about the other things that society might treat as "ok in moderation", like drinking alcohol. The differences are clear. Drinking in moderation - at the same rate at which you suggest you would smoke, can have no lasting medical effects and in some cases can be beneficial depending on the medical papers you read. But at no point EVER is smoking beneficial and every single solitary cigarette is putting health at risk. Not only from the big C, but from swathes of other problems that may not manifest in something that you actually notice enough to seek medical help for.
Not only that but nothing else really effects others as quickly and easily as smoking does. Sure there are specially designated areas for smoking outside bars and restaurants, but what about walking down the street?! I can't count the number of times I've been stuck downwind of someone smoking at the traffic lights or on the train platform. It's ridiculous that these people who so self righteously barrack for their own "right to smoke" and "know the risks" would so easily force their choices on the strangers around them.
Don't even get me started on the work colleagues who duck out once an hour for a puff and then come back inside to your small confined office space smelling absolutely disgusting!! It's my right to be comfortable in the workplace without needing to gag every time Joe Smoker sits next to me.