It's been a while since I started a thread... figured this one would spark some debate that doesn't involve China and its territiories >_> ... I feel like New York State is on its way to ban smoking outright. The campaigning to stop people from doing it are more pervasive and hardcore:
TV Commercial: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/smo...ltimedia.shtml
NY Times Article: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...dont-smoke-ad/
... and with the ban on them in restaurants, clubs, hell basically any indoor space, followed by the ban of smoking near entrances to buildings has me thinking that the next logical step will be to outright ban their use in the city. Taxes on cigarettes make up almost a third or more of their ~$8 pricetag since the government seems to think that severely increasing the price will cause smokers to think twice about their habit. A good strategy I guess.Like most smokers, Marie started smoking as a teenager. She developed Buerger’s disease, a condition that narrows arteries, reducing blood flow to the arms and legs. She has lost portions of most fingers, as well as a leg and a part of one foot. In the ads, Marie describes the pain she has endured and explains how her disability keeps her from doing even simple tasks. She also recounts how it affected her relationships with loved ones. “The light burned out in my kitchen and I can’t even change it,” she says. “My daughters might even have been embarrassed [by] what I was starting to look like. At one point, I wasn’t even living. I was just alive.”
I guess with some recent issues I considered it which is why its on my mind, since technically it is still legal and unfortunately the age limit is 18 (19 out here in Suffolk County)... but I know my grandmothers twin sister died from smoking and her autopsy showed her lungs the color of asphalt (something that scared her sister, a smoker of almost fifty years to quit on the spot), and my neighbor here at school is a chain smoker, going out to hit two at a time at least five times a day now (he sorta quit for a couple of weeks, but now he's backsliding)
But what do you guys think. Should this be one of those things where its "live and let die by lung cancer asshole" and mind your own business or should someone be actively stopping people from doing it like in Prohibition? If they tried would it even work? What if they made cigarettes like porn and just stuck it all the way in the back of the stores behind curtians like they were something to be hidden from children? Thoughts?