Next From The Nanny State: Bloomberg Tries To Make You Not Think About Cigarettes

from the and-next-we-close-down-candy-shops dept

Cross-posted from

Mr. Burns: Since the beginning of time, man has yearned to destroy the sun. I shall do the next best thing: block it out.
Mr. Bloomberg: Yes. The people must be protected from the sun’s harmful UV radiation!
Mr. Burns: Umm, sure, whatever. [Activates Sun Blocker]
Mr. Bloomberg: Excellent.

I fully believe that Bloomberg would ration sun time if he could — or at the very least force everybody to wear sunscreen. Like your mother, he simply thinks that he knows what is better for you and what you should be allowed to do. And he’s willing to use any means necessary, fair or unfair, legal or illegal, to make you do what he thinks you should be doing.

The latest: since he can’t force stores to display horrific images with the purchase of cigarettes, he now wants to prohibit stores from displaying cigarettes at all.

Will the courts smack him down again?

The WSJ Law Blog has a very interesting analysis of the possible legality of Bloomberg’s (a former smoker) latest attack on cigarettes. Here’s the actual law that Bloomberg is proposing:

A retail dealer shall not display or permit the display of any cigarettes or cigarette packaging in a manner that allows a person to view such cigarettes or cigarette packaging prior to purchase at any place of business operated by such dealer.

You’re allowed to buy them, but not look at them… because looking at them will remind you that you are LIVING IN A FREE COUNTRY and can do what you want.

But this paternalistic restriction might be legal, or at least not as illegal as Bloomberg’s attempt to force cigarette sellers to have posters of lung cancer:

Enacted in 1965, the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act required that cigarette ads and packages contain those now-ubiquitous health warnings. But it also offered tobacco companies assurance that they wouldn’t have to comply with a whole other set of local labeling laws.

Federal courts concluded that New York City’s poster law failed to conform with the national standard.

But in 2009 Congress amended the statute to give cities and states more leeway to impose tobacco restrictions. Local governments still couldn’t regulate the “content” of tobacco advertising or promotion. But they could say where and when cigarettes may be sold.

Great, so saying “smokes can only be sold out of a trashcan in the alley out back after you put your money into a rat’s ass” might be legal.

You know, law is better when people are just honest about what they want. If Bloomberg wants to ban the purchase of cigarettes in the city, he should just say that. Pass a bill (does he even have to pass these bills? Is the New York City Council even awake?) outlawing smoking and argue it to a court. Go ahead, let’s fight this battle between personal freedom and public health out in the open, and let the courts (or, you know, the people) decide.

But trying to slowly erode the rights and freedoms of New Yorkers is for the birds. Bloomberg is hoping that everybody will wake up one day and just not want to smoke (or have soda, or eat salty food). But like your mother found out, nagging people to death doesn’t change their desires. It just makes people more creative about doing what they want behind their mothers’ backs.

A Legal Look at Bloomberg’s Latest Anti-Cigarette Push [WSJ Law Blog]

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    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 2:51pm

    Urgh...

    I nominate Bloomberg as one of the worst mayors ever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:31pm

    FWIW, Ontario (or maybe just the GTA region) has a similar thing. All places that sell cigarettes have them on shelves covered by blinder-things. It's pretty silly, but really not a big deal.

     

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    rorybaust (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:38pm

    the nannies were in Australia 1st

    welcome to Australia , all those are law , can't advertise , can't display , can't have logo's , all packaging covered in health warnings and graphic pictures of diseased body parts, but in a nanny state tobacco and cigarettes makes lots of taxes for the nannies so of course you can legally buy the stuff.

    and don't get us started on the speed camera's , but at least one of our ISP's iinet stood up to big content and walked away from a voluntary 3 strikes agreement. So yes in Australia the nannies are well advanced but at least we still have one ISP standing up for us, you win some lose a lot.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:49pm

    Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    Just a couple more steps and he'll see that huge fortunes and especially inheritances are effectively feudal entitlements; that The Rich ALWAYS go nuts and want TOTAL control.

     

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    kenichi tanaka, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:51pm

    Bloomberg is simply out of control. The soda pop law has already been overturned by a federal judge and now he's trying to push another insane law through?

    I admire Bloomberg for trying to curb smoking among New Yorkers but this is ridiculous. Now, Bloomberg is so far out of control that he thinks children will want to smoke cigarettes if they even see a cigarette package.

    NBC News reported this on their website last week. Techdirt.com is behind on this story.

    Next, Americans think that Bloomberg will go after such things as alcoholic beverages and then probably move on to junk foods, snacks, candy bars and simply move on down the list.

    New York is simply turning into a "we'll ban you" type of city.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:53pm

    "welcome to Australia , all those are law , can't advertise , can't display , can't have logo's , all packaging covered in health warnings and graphic pictures of diseased body parts, but in a nanny state tobacco and cigarettes makes lots of taxes for the nannies so of course you can legally buy the stuff."

    Replace Australia with Canada. We have all the same restriction

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 3:55pm

    Such a good fucking plan... out of site, out of mind.

    I bet this could work for the situation in Cyprus as well. Merkel and the IMF should just hide the banks behind some banners and then everyone will just forget about the money they have on deposit there and the bankers can keep it all.

    Brilliant.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 4:13pm

    I don't mean to America bash, but why do things like domestic surveillance get at most a 'meh' response, but things like this make people go all Braveheart?

    I'd suggest going further and saying tobacco products could only be sold in plain white package with 14pt arial black font for the name.

    Will it stop smokers from smoking? no. But it will reduce the 'cool' factor among teens. If marketing didn't do anything, companies wouldn't do it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 4:18pm

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    Same thing in Western Canada, honestly it seems like such a non-issue. I understand that erosion of freedoms happens slowly but to claim this as one such issue seems pretty silly. Not to say I support the idea but I can think of so, so many things that matter a hell of a lot more than the fact that you can no longer look at the packages of cigarettes in stores.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 4:33pm

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    Exactly.
    No one is banning cigarettes or their sale.
    We know they are harmful and taking action to minimise the promotion is only rational.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 4:37pm

    It's fair to say that smokers in this situation have a subjective view, and non-smokers have an objective view. As a non-smoker it seems obvious that smoking should be banned, but in gradual steps like any other addictive habit.

    I won't produce the laundry list because everybody knows it, including smokers. From my perspective, if smokers resorted to cutting themselves every time they lit up, it would result in better health for them and everyone around them - but we would all find this repulsive - such is how ingrained smoking is as a social norm.

    When smokers look at another habit that is less destructive and find it repulsive, it should make them seriously question their own judgement. But they won't. Because 'freedom'. They're free to enjoy their destructive addiction. If only they could look upon themselves objectively and see how repulsive that is.

     

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    kenichi tanaka, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 4:47pm

    I'm a non-smoker, never smoked a day in my life, but even I have enough sympathy for smokers as well as for common sense laws. Removing cigarette displays form all public areas is just not very common sense.

    Maybe require retailers to place tobacco in a private room, like video rental places were forced to do that rented out porn videos along with other general audiences films.

    Bloomberg is simply trying to use this law to ban the sales of tobacco products in new York City. I expect that a Federal judge is going to strike this law down, as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 5:42pm

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    and if you are from Australia, or Canada, and you don't smoke do you care.?? If you are from Aust or Can and you do smoke DO YOU CARE ???

    IS anyone stopping you from buying smokes, or stopping your from getting cancer and dyeing ??

    Government with decent health care (Australia) pay a huge amount of money because of people who are sick or dying from smoking.

    But it's not just the smokers who pay for that health care, it is all Australians, all tax payers. It's only reasonable that smokes should be a highly taxed product to offset those expenses.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 5:44pm

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    "Will it stop smokers from smoking? no. But it will reduce the 'cool' factor among teens. If marketing didn't do anything, companies wouldn't do it."

    so it will stop smoking !!!! and 'teens' are the highest group to take up smoking because of the 'cool' factor.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 6:40pm

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    Clearly he isn't trying to do anything of the sort.
    Banning display and banning sales are completely different things. They already do this in Ireland, large retailers already do it in Britain and smaller retailers will follow next year. I do smoke and I also find this perfectly acceptable. Smoking should not be banned, it didn't work for alcohol in the prohibition era, it doesn't work for narcotics as has been blindingly clear over the last thirty plus years. But not encouraging something is not the same as banning it and in no way infringes on anyone's rights.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 6:59pm

    Re: Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    Speaking of nuts...

     

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    Anonymous, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 7:35pm

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    Because the American people are, as a general rule, a bunch of brainwashed flag-waving pansies who lack the guts and nads to do what needs to be done.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 8:06pm

    Can't you see how awesome I am?

    Won't somebody love me? Please? I'll throw ad-homs and misrepresent everything you say, spin, lie, and spam comments on everything you and your colleagues write!

    Take a loopy tour of http://techdirt.com! You always find the same useless comments.
    [23:43:19]df-se-jy

     

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    apauld (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 11:09pm

    Re: Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    Your death will be gleefully heralded by everyone that (actually) knows you.

     

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    apauld (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 11:14pm

    oy

    Bloomberg seems to actually think that his wealth makes him smarter/better than everyone else; in the world. Is there a name for this sort of psychosis?

     

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    Angel (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 11:22pm

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    Packaging does not change the cool, or not cool factor. It's act of smoking, nobody cares what package it comes in. I mean seriously are people really that naive that they think it's because of the packages?

     

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    Angel (profile), Mar 22nd, 2013 @ 11:40pm

    I started smoking not because of Joe camel, Not because of the displays behind the counter, not because of the fact that I saw advertisements for them. It was because my girlfriend had a cigarette and she looked cool smoking in my 12 year old mind. The can pass all the laws they want, put out disgusting images, and everything else. The fact is some dumb kid is still going to think that smoking is cool because they see other people doing it. Kids get crazy ideas in their heads it's why we call them kids, because they haven't learned common sense yet. Then some other kid is going to see that kid and think "Wow they look cool and I want them to think I'm cool, so I'll smoke too". The bullshit nanny laws won't get people anywhere.

    If Anti-smokers really gave a rats ass about the health of smokers they would all be doing their very best to find out why electronic cigarette's have a much higher success rate at helping people quit smoking, when their current NRT's have such an appalling failure rate. Instead they are fighting e-ciggs as well with this whole quit or die mentality.

    No, nothing you inhale other then air is going to be 100% good for you, but at least with e-ciggs there is no second hand anything so others aren't put in danger by it's use. Also Electronic Cigarettes have thousands less chemicals in them than a regular cigarette's and while they might contain nicotine, most people are surprised to learn that nicotine is one of the least harmful chemicals in cigarette's. As a matter of fact Nicotine is found naturally in Eggplant, Green Tomatoes, Cauliflower, and potatoes.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:36am

    Re: Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    Where did Mike say anything here? Oh, and ootb lashing out and defending corporations against having to change a business model? Must be a day with a y.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 6:06am

    In Brazil cigarette packs must come with pictures related to the harms the habit of smoking can cause by law. Some of those pictures are quite shocking. There are other initiatives that are Govt sponsored to try to reduce the number of smokers such as high taxes (illegal products flourished unfortunately) and even prohibiting people from smoking indoors or inside public (Govt owned) facilities.

    I tend to agree with the article when he says ppl should be free to do what they want (and honestly nobody has been forbidden to smoke or buy cigarettes here in Brazil). However from the point of view of public health this only makes sense (reducing the smokers). Most of these people will have serious health issues during their lives and this is a huge burden on the public health system. And they are tackling the problem without forbidding those who enjoy it to smoke.

    There's more to discuss on this issue but it's a nice article.

     

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    David MD, Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 7:11am

    Smoking and Obesity health costs

    The health care costs of tobacco far exceed that of taxes, so this blog writer and all the readers who do not smoke are subsidizing those who do smoke in the form of a hidden tax.

    Bloomberg has donated $600 million (matched by Bill Gates $125 million) to combat tobacco in low- and middle-income countries.

    About 90-95% of smokers regret ever having started.
    44% of tobacco consumed is consumed by those who are mentally ill and/or substance abusers. They are self-medicating for their illnesses.

    If you want to lower health care costs, you must lower the amount of smoking and the amount of obesity.

    Funny how all of these articles that mention "Nanny State" never mention the huge hidden taxes all of us pay for health care costs of tobacco and sugar water users.

     

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    Dennis F. Heffernan (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 8:26am

    Smoking is different

    I have nothing good to say about Bloomberg's war on salt and soda, but smoking is different. If all smoking did was kill the smoker I'd say "knock yourself out, preferably before you breed". That's not the case though. Second-hand smoke impacts the health of everyone nearby. I myself have asthma from second-hand smoke, according to the doctors that treated me. People have the right to make their own choices but not to choose for others. The tobacco industry needs to die.

    As for arguments like "Funny how all of these articles that mention "Nanny State" never mention the huge hidden taxes all of us pay for health care costs of tobacco and sugar water users": if you don't want to pay for the health care costs of other peoples' choices then stop trying to socialize health care. C. S. Lewis went on at some length but I'll keep it to the opening line for the sake of brevity: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." The truth is that socialists don't care about "helping the people", they're just another brand of control freak.

     

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    lisag121ny (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 8:49am

    NJ Tried and Failed

    They tried this in NJ and the law was withdrawn when the tobacco companies sued (the town did not have the funds to fight it out in Court). I am curious what will happen in NYC where the pockets are deeper for such legal battles. How much is Bloomberg willing to spend to get his way? Same as his continuing battle to win the soda restriction? Seriously, Bloomberg will shovel money at his pet projects and endless Court battles, but does nothing to elevate the real issues of the city (e.g. the public school bus transportation strike, etc.).

     

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    special-interesting (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:05pm

    Re: Can't you see how awesome I am?

    Hey. Didn't I agree with you (partially) once? I forget the post but since composing the essays on a wp have the text. It was some comment about markets are “not free” and are locked up.

    “I kind of agree with OOTB in that our markets are locked up in layers (and layers and tons) and tons of regulation as it seems every industry from sugar to aircraft have their own special interest protectionist legislation. The realm of intellectual growth and advancement (and the culture of such) is tied by eternal copyright.

    Yes there is still a lot of dynamism left in the markets and am grateful for that. The attitude of “it moves; tax and legislate it!” will kill off many of the good ideas in favor of the one (firm, group?) writing the text of the legislation.

    Legislation by itself is not always bad but legislation written by and for a monopoly is.

    These are the Dragons of our age we must slay.”

    One can argue that even copyright monopoly is used to lock up the market for media.

     

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    special-interesting (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:40pm

    Oh, thats right. Put it in the back room so nobody will notice. This would be the sweep it under the city carpet plan.

    Mayor Bloomberg has apparently never read history and the influence of Speakeasies (hidden bars) and the increase of public usage when something becomes illegal. (Both proven facts.) Driving cultural behavior (good or unhealthy) into hidden back rooms is bad for business and tax revenue. (and healthy culture of sharing ideas and opinions out in the open)

    No I don't smoke but do climb a mountain every now and then. Which is more dangerous? Law relating to culture be it healthy, unhealthy, risky, fun or dangerous is never a good thing.

    I don't mind the warning label controversy. Yes there are free speech issues but tobacco industry play hard ball with consumers and all detractors so a public warning may not be a bad thing. Cigarette firms have their own problems of which I have to thank for helping coin the term 'cigarette argument'.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130215/02462421991/undisclosed-uspto-employees-writ e-report-saying-uspto-does-great-job-handling-software-smartphone-patents.shtml#c381 The cigarette argument is hilarious in a lethal kind of way. Short, sweet and deadly.

    If I had a personal dog to kick (sic) it would be to require ALL taxes collected through tobacco sales go to medical bills and research.

    I remember mentioning some rules to know you are entering an civilized democratic uncensored place/bar/store/blog/forum/pool/etc. One was to look for cuss words which is a good sign that nobody will harass you for a slip of the tongue or a expletive rant or two. Two would be to find a few lewd photos of either gender and maybe an explicit one or two also. Adding a new third one will be if the commissary displays cigarettes.

    Reactionary:

    Anon had a good comment about how we make such a fuss about things like cigarettes and not blow a valve over CISPA and negotiations done in secrecy. (and all the rest of the rat infested bureaucracy)

    It will hopefully be soon that we all wake up from our individual dreams and realize the everyone exists together in a shared risk environment and only by accepting each other that can we get along.

    What ratio are you willing to allow? Average world lock up ratio is ~2% (to total population). The US currently ~5% which is a huge drain on the economy. Allowing religious puritans to make law is expensive.

     

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    ChrisB (profile), Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:40pm

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    I agree, e-cigarettes are the solution. But it will take a while to catch on, what with governments addicted to cigarette taxes. Every year that governments dither, thousands of people die of lung cancer needlessly.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:58pm

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    it's an inch at a time man, an inch at a time. like putting a frog in a cool pot of water on a hot stove.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 3:03pm

    Re: Re: Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    I think you missed it but blue made a good point for once.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 9:15pm

    FU Bloomberg

    "All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
    -George Orwell

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_orwell.html#0imjq7DgxjWRkMqs.99

     

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    nasch (profile), Mar 24th, 2013 @ 7:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Oooh, Mike criticizing one of The Rich!

    I think you missed it but blue made a good point for once.

    Possibly, but it had nothing to do with the story.

     

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    nasch (profile), Mar 24th, 2013 @ 7:13am

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    NBC News reported this on their website last week. Techdirt.com is behind on this story.

    Techdirt is not a breaking news site.

     

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    nasch (profile), Mar 24th, 2013 @ 7:24am

    Re: Smoking is different

    if you don't want to pay for the health care costs of other peoples' choices then stop trying to socialize health care.

    It doesn't matter what kind of health care system you have; the healthy always subsidize the sick. So it's in everyone's interest to reduce the number of sick people, especially those who essentially choose to get sick.

     

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    DCX2, Mar 24th, 2013 @ 9:04am

    Re: oy

    Mr. Bloomberg doesn't need to be wealthy in order to be smart enough to know that smoking is bad for you, and will increase end-of-life health care costs while simultaneously shortening the very same life.

     

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    DCX2, Mar 24th, 2013 @ 9:09am

    Re: Smoking and Obesity health costs

    The problem with the "Nanny State" idea is that people want to be protected from what's bad for them (e.g. FDA inspections of meat packing plants)...unless it's something they like (e.g. easily visible cigarettes, large quantities of pop, driving without a seat belt).

    I wish that more insurance companies would just totally stop covering people who get an illness from smoking cigarettes. If someone wants their "freedom" then they should also suffer the consequences of that freedom, instead of running to society when their idiotic behavior has resulted in consequences they don't want to bear.

     

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    DCX2, Mar 24th, 2013 @ 9:12am

    Re: Re: Smoking is different

    Exactly! If you aren't paying a tax to cover nationalized health care, then you're paying higher premiums for privatized health care.

    The money has to come from somewhere. I think the only reason people don't realize this is because the ones who do have health care feel entitled to it because they're employed, and those who don't have health care are suffering because they're lazy. Never mind how wrong those stereotypes are.

     

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    Davey, Mar 24th, 2013 @ 11:56am

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    Just for the sake of argument, are you saying the cig cos are so stupid that they're wasting $billions on packaging, placement, and advertising that does nothing for their sales? That none of these things influence anybody, especially kids? That's clearly not what the companies (cig or otherwise) believe.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 24th, 2013 @ 8:01pm

    Re: Re:

    To answer that:
    I'm from Australia, I smoke, and I don't care about the packaging... though the government do claim it is having an effect, so I guess I'll take their word for it.

     

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    RyanNerd (profile), Mar 25th, 2013 @ 4:43am

    Mystery Men

    I have the power of invisibility. But it only works if you don't look at me.

    No peeking!

     

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    NullOp, Mar 25th, 2013 @ 5:06am

    Bloomburg

    Rich idiots are elected and continue to be elected because they can afford to get elected. Also, riches make most people believe they are smarter than everyone else. Few realize they rode to riches on the backs of other peoples hard work. They get that "starry eyed" look and think "I was born to be rich. God intended this." Stop voting for rich people!

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Mar 25th, 2013 @ 1:05pm

    Re: Re:

    > I understand that erosion of freedoms
    > happens slowly but to claim this as one
    > such issue seems pretty silly.

    The thing is with Bloomberg, this is just one in a long line of intiatives where the man really does seem to believe he's your benevolent nanny, who's restricting your freedom at every turn 'for your own good'.

    The author of this article is right. If Bloomberg thought he could legally get away with it, he'd issue regulations on how long you're allowed to be out in the sun and fine people who don't use sunscreen.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Mar 25th, 2013 @ 1:08pm

    Re: Re:

    > and if you are from Australia, or Canada,
    > and you don't smoke do you care.??

    I don't have to be a smoker to care about the non-stop encroachment of freedom and government micro-management of absolutely every aspect of daily life.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Mar 25th, 2013 @ 1:17pm

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    > As a non-smoker it seems obvious that
    > smoking should be banned

    I've never smoked even a single cigarette and I'm not on board with your ban-a-thon.

    > Because 'freedom'. They're free to enjoy their
    > destructive addiction.

    Exactly. Freedom. Freedom from a bunch of nanny-state do-gooders who want to regulate you for your own good.

    > If only they could look upon themselves objectively
    > and see how repulsive that is.

    Yes, that's a wonderful reason for the state to step in and restrict personal liberty under penalty of criminal law-- because you think something is icky.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2013 @ 2:27am

    While some may see it as a conflicting view, I believe in radical individual freedom and strong corporate regulation. See for the most part individual action has little impact on society at large.

    Advertising does have a significant impact on the impressionable masses, and I am ok with regulating that while still allowing individuals to smoke. As an ex smoker in eastern Canada, i've lived the hidden smokes thing and it's not a big deal. I've worked a gas station, most smokers buy the same brand every time so they aren't even affected.

     

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    Niall (profile), Mar 26th, 2013 @ 4:00am

    Re:

    So what you are saying is that marketing is utter voodoo and has no effect whatsoever on sales of products? Quick, let the multi-billion-dollar industry know!

     

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    Niall (profile), Mar 26th, 2013 @ 4:06am

    Re: Re:

    No-one is saying that they only smoke because of the packaging, but it can have an effect on which you choose, or even if you want to be seen with it. If you made a law that said that boys could only smoke from pink cigarette packets, they'd really not want to be seen with them... especially teenage boys.

    Smoking is a serious public health nuisance which affects many other people. Whilst banning it outright may be a tempting idea, Prohibition shows that is unlikely to work. However, gradually making it more and more socially unacceptable and unappealling does seem to work and helps a lot.

    Anyone who feels they have some god-given right to smoke around others should be made to sit next to someone with a boombox and a pack of stinkbombs, and then see what they feel their 'rights' are. In their own homes, on their own lungs be it.

     

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    Niall (profile), Mar 26th, 2013 @ 4:07am

    Re: oy

    But-but-but 'Murica!!!!????

     

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    Niall (profile), Mar 26th, 2013 @ 4:08am

    Re: Re: Smoking and Obesity health costs

    No-one should be banned from insurance cover - but they should definitely get charged more!

     

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    Niall (profile), Mar 26th, 2013 @ 4:11am

    Re: Smoking is different

    So why do 'soh-shul-ist' countries like the UK actually have national Health Services that actually want to help people? It's a genuine wish that runs through our NHS. We'd far rather people acted and were healthy than want to 'control' them - we also know that you can't, and shouldn't control them on issues like this - which is why people are 'discouraged' using high taxes and unattractive packaging/smoking environments.

     

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    eSmokes, Dec 16th, 2013 @ 6:48pm

    Its up to the individual

    If people want to smoke then they will smoke. There is nothing the governments are prepared to do about it as it makes them too much money but they still have to be "SEEN" to be doing something.

    The Electronic Cigarette is the way forward.

     

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    Dan Mclaren, Jan 18th, 2014 @ 9:06am

    Can e-cigarettes substitute Tobacco?

    I am a smoker. I am planning to leave it. Where shall I start from? Some of my friends suggested me to start e-cigarettes. Their logic is, since it's not tobacco, it will not harm my body. And by turn, hopefully one day I shall be able to leave smoking totally. Is it correct?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5qdO20yjjY

     

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