Since I recently decided to stop smoking, why not an old post from Neil on the subject.



Today is the  first day of Quebec-Tobacco-Free Week.  As of now fewer Quebeckers are trying to quit smoking.  And get this:  28 Quebeckers a day die from smoking.

Now consider the world scene: six  trillion cigarettes are sold a year  – an all-time high.  Six  million people die each year from smoking – more than from AIDS, malaria and traffic accidents combined.

Professor Robert Proctor is coming out with a new book in which he advocates banning cigarettes.  Education he says is not enough.  “Tobacco control policy too often centres on educating the public, when it should be focused on fixing or eliminating the product.

Professor Proctor wants two things to happen right away: the nicotine in cigarettes should be limited to a level at which they would cease to be addictive.  Smokers who want to quit would find it easier to do so.

Secondly, regulators should require that cigarette smoke be more alkaline, making it less easily inhaled and harder for it to reach the lungs.

As Professor Proctor says not guns or bombs are the deadliest artefacts in history.  If we want to save  lives and improve health nothing else readily achievable would be as effective as an international BAN on their sale.

Second  hand cigarette smoke hurts those who don’t smoke.

A ban on cigarettes would not be like Prohibition.  After all, millions would be delighted to get off the weed.

This week Quebec’s union workers are being urged every time they come across a smoker, they will do a quick intervention, just three or four minutes long.

Would you intervene with a friend or acquaintance to stop smoking?

Should cigarettes be banned?

Jean P.





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