I still remember the old anti-smoking campaign that simply stated "Smoking Stinks."
I totally agree, but I have to tell you, statewide smoking bans stink for a different reason: attitude is one.
Instead of saying, "Let's help people quit smoking," the attitude is "Quit smoking you terrible people!"
I say we quit attacking the people and attack the problem!
The best way to deal with second hand smoke is to eliminate it's primary source: smoking.
"The states already collect nearly $22 billion a year in tobacco-generated revenue from tobacco taxes and the 1998 state tobacco settlement. Just seven percent of this tobacco money would be enough to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs in every state at levels recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, only three states - Maine, Delaware and Colorado - currently fund prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels
Where does this money go? Up in smoke of course-which also stinks because it's increasing our taxes."Smoking prevalence among Medicaid recipients is approximately 50% greater than that of the overall U.S. adult population...persons receiving Medicaid are affected disproportionately by tobacco-related disease and disability...
" which leads to greater health care costs paid for by taxpayers.
But that's not all:
Years ago, James P Siepmann, M.D. wrote an article titled: Smoking does Not Cause Lung Cancer
using WHO and CDC data to make his case. In the end he showed that it
certainly contributes to one's propensity to get lung cancer, but there
are so many other risk factors that contribute to lung cancer that
smoking can hardly be linked as THE cause. Remember, exercise leads to better health
even if you smoke!
The studies that attribute thousands of deaths to second hand smoke are
far from conclusive because of numerous confounding factors: poor diet,
obesity, lack of exercise. Such bans are another example of a society
wanting to take a pill, not responsibility, to achieve good health.
Plain & Simple: If you think this ban is part of the "solution", you have
been smokin' something. Hoosiers should concern themselves with addressing healthy lifestyles and smoking cessation, not smoking locations. We've got bigger fish to fry--I mean bake. It's more healthful.