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Old 05-28-2010, 01:00 AM
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If there were no smokers and therefore no taxes from cigarettes etc, we would actually be far better off because we would have substantially decreased cardio-pulmonary-respiratory disease, as well as a raft of cancers. We would also reduce heart disease and cancers in the children and grandchildren of smokers, as much as 50 times in some cases.

So I'm not the least bit worried about losing a tax which in no way covers the cost of smoking and the financial and other burdens on the community.

There are highly-successful quit smoking programs but patches and drugs, according to research by the Mayo Clinic, have little effect and in some cases (tranquiliser-type drugs) actually increase smoking rates.

The most effective programs specifically identify the reasons and automatic triggers that precede the urge to smoke, and use modern neurosomatic therapies to "de-condition" or "de-link" these.

The steps are basically:

Recognise the lies and excuses the smoker has been using (eg "we all have to die some time" when in fact smokers as a group die younger and more painfully than the rest of the population, and "I'm not harming anyone but myself" when we now know the tragic effect on children and grandchildren of smokers, as well as the terrible health and economic burdens).

Harm minimisation. If the smoker must smoke, do so in isolation and remove all smoke residue before coming in contact with another human being, directly or indirectly.

Work to identify triggers and de-condition these. (Just throwing out the smokes is a useless act. We have to alter the perceptions of the smoker so that the sight or smell of cigarettes is no longer an automatic cue to smoke.)

Finally we work to prevent others from taking up the habit in the first place and this may include social and political activism to remove cigarette advertising or change laws. This will also include better supervision of children so that they're not congregating in such a way that they can experiment with cigarettes.


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Giving up smoking takes courage, determination, and the support of those around you (e.g. spouse, family, and friends). Medications like Zyban can triple your chances of successfully giving up smoking. The daily cost of Zyban therapy is roughly equal to the cost of a pack-per-day smoking habit


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it's all over the radio... it's real hard at the start but long term it's fun and okay... specially with your kids they will surely love not smoking... best of luck you can do it


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Old 05-19-2011, 06:13 AM
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I think pencilpusher is right and I agree with him....


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Old 05-21-2011, 01:20 AM
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Age-Smoker/Non Smoker: 24, non-smoker (but smoked from the age of 16-22)

Would you support an increase in cigarette tax? I think the taxes in Australia are already extremely high but I wouldnt mind to see them rise even further
Why/why not? This would hopefully stop teenagers from getting addicted, simply because they cannot afford buying cigarettes

What do you believe is or would be the most effective way of encouraging smokers to quit? The easiest way is to be part of a group of smokers, that decides to quit together. If it is one person alone, they hardly ever succeed (from my own experience)

Why do you think people take up smoking in the first place? Most begin during their teenage years to be 'cool' and part of the 'in-group'. If they don't smoke, they often get harassed by their peers.

What would be an effective way of discouraging people to take up smoking. I wish I knew...Showing pictures on the packs certainly isnt an ideal way, I hardly know any smoker who cares. There should be a way to make it socially unacceptable, but I honestly dont know how.


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Got it head-on, government must really find an effective way to stop or just control smoking a bit... Is it really dangerous? I really think so...
Suggestions will maybe make a start for the better.

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Yes please stop and to those wanting to start, try different alternatives,
Healthier and happier, your family will love you more

thank you

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Everybody knows that smoking is a bad thing.
However those who smoke knows that stopping it's not as simple as non-smokers usually say.
That doesn't mean that I like smoke on my face, there must be a balance, everyone deserve respect, smokers or not.


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I agree with what Anne suggested, there must be a better way to have the youngsters be curious with what cigarette smoking is about.
Although thinking about how it will pass through will be quite a difficult task.

best to all

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Pretty good stuff Tortia.

best be careful with one's health

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