in reply to
Do you smoke tobacco?
Started at 14 - quit before my first was born - managed to stay off for 3 years - been a recidivist for 4 years - every day I plan to quit.Some thoughts :
What the biggest disadvantage ?
Cash spent ? No
Health issues ? No
Social Leprosy ? No
For me (having been off them for 3 years, a while back) it is the psychological effects :
Irrational anger, Listlessness, Lack of deep concentration, Sleeplessness, etc.
How come Tobacco companies do not have to list all the additives in the cigarettesWhere I live all products for sale have to display "ingredients" - for some reason the tobacco lobby is still able to circumvent this.
Why are Cigarettes sold outside of Pharmacies/Drug StoresThese products are highly addictive drugs (anecdotally, more addictive than heroin) and yet I can walk into any corner shop and buy them - as can any kid on the street.Get this: (in this Country) you can buy cigarettes in any shop but all Smoking Cessation products are only sold through Pharmacies !
Why are Cigarettes sold WITHOUT prescription ?see above
As there are no Tobacco Manufacturers in the country where I live, can I bring an action against the State as they are responsible for import licensesMaybe this would get them off their high moral geldings and get them to develop a strategy which goes beyond the current "token gestures" (no puns please :-]) which display action on their part but still allows them to collect all the taxes from the cigarettes.
My plan for National No-Smoking !
Main Aim: to STOP anyone else STARTING
Year 1: All cigarettes to be sold ONLY by Pharmacies/ChemistsYear 2: All cigarettes to be on prescription only
Repeat prescriptions cannot exceed 2 packs/ day and are not valid for longer than 2 weeks.All prescriptions recorded centrally.
Year 3: implement a swipe card system which allows people to buy cigarettes without prescription (but still from Pharmacies Only). "Quota" is based on historical data collated from Doctors or GPs.
Years 5+: Reduce tax on cigarettes by 20% p.a. This is necessary to choke off the black-market which will have been created for cigarettes in the previous 5 years