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Should cigarette smoking be banned?

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    • imdnextbuffet
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      I wish to know those who have/dont have views on the same?
      Because their are some facts where it says its good and then their are others which states the otherwise.

      One of the advantages of smoking as per http://www.livescience.com are – it lowers risk of knee replacement surgery, lowers risk of parkinsons disease, lowers risk of obesity, lowers risk of death after some heart attacks and many more.

      Well the negatives we all already know so thought to highlight some so called positives on the same.

    • Zee Tan
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      I’m sure it lowers risk of death in some niche areas, but overall it overwhelmingly shortens your lifespan.

      It’s banned indoors in the UK and I must say it’s a very welcome change indeed.

      Also, moved this discussion to Random – not CFA-related so doesn’t belong in General CFA 🙂

    • MattyJ
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      It shouldn’t be banned on the basis that people should be free to do what they want to do, and the government doesn’t have the right to stop them.

      That said, if people choose to smoke, and subsequently get ill as a direct result of smoking, then i don’t think they should be able to absorb significant amounts of NHS funding at the expense of those who don’t smoke. If the additional tax attributable to cigarrettes covers this then fair enough, but if not then the tax should be increased further to a point where it offsets the drain on NHS funding completely.

      (i don’t smoke if you hadn’t guessed!)

    • imdnextbuffet
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      @zee banned in indoors? you mean restaurants and etcetera?

      @mattjuniper +1 on the point you mentioned.

    • Zee Tan
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      It shouldn’t be banned on the basis that people should be free to do what they want to do, and the government doesn’t have the right to stop them.

      That said, if people choose to smoke, and subsequently get ill as a direct result of smoking, then i don’t think they should be able to absorb significant amounts of NHS funding at the expense of those who don’t smoke. If the additional tax attributable to cigarrettes covers this then fair enough, but if not then the tax should be increased further to a point where it offsets the drain on NHS funding completely.

      (i don’t smoke if you hadn’t guessed!)

      @mattjuniper That depends on whether you accept the argument that ‘smoking does no harm to others’. For example, I can’t run down the street with a Kalashnikov mowing down everyone in sight, saying ‘I should be free to do what I want’. Cause I’m causing harm to others.

      I do agree 100% with you on NHS though.


      @imdnextbuffet
      yes in any public building you’re not allowed to smoke.

    • MattyJ
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      For example, I can’t run down the street with a Kalashnikov mowing down everyone in sight, saying ‘I should be free to do what I want’. Cause I’m causing harm to others.

      Completely agree…should have included that people should be free to do things as long as they don’t cause harm to others.

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      One of the advantages of smoking as per http://www.livescience.com are – it lowers risk of knee replacement surgery

      I then looked up http://www.livescience.com:
      “Knee-replacement surgery was more common among joggers and the obese; smokers rarely jog, and they are less likely to be morbidly obese.”

      ROFL =))

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      It’s true though that smoking reduces appetite. But weight loss should be = exercise more, and eat right, not eat less!

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