When a habit brings intense short-term sensual pleasure but saps your vitality and eats away at your body it’s time to quit. I refer of course to the war on tobacco.
Tuesday’s Citizen reported a StatsCan’s finding that smoking has not declined in the past three years and a Canadian Cancer Society spokesman’s irritated response, “The reason the smoking rate stopped going down is because of the serious contraband situation. It’s completely undermining the progress we’d otherwise be seeing in reduced smoking.” Once again bad assumptions lead to bad policy.
First and foremost, the reason smoking declined for so long is that people decided to stop, and the reason it’s not falling now is that more people aren’t quitting. Yes, people. Apparently one cannot say often enough, in public policy, that individuals insist upon weighing alternatives and making decisions for themselves.
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