Don't Ban Smoking, Ban...

  Proclaimer 01:53 14 Jan 2008
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Nicotine!

Since most smokers are addicted to the nicotine would it not be better to ban or restrict the use of Nicotine?

  wolfie3000 02:54 14 Jan 2008

Im guessing your not a smoker,

Its an interesting idea, but Nicotine isn't the most harmful substance in a cigarette.

Theres,

BENZENEPROPANOIC ACID
ACETIC ACID ETHENYL ESTER, POLYMER WITH ETHENE
ALUMINUM OXIDE
AQUEOUS SOLUTION OF POLYQUARTERNARY AMINE CHLORIDE
ALKYL KETENE DIMER EMULSION
SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE
GALACTOMANNOSE POLYSACCHARIDE
MONO AMMONIUM PHOSPHATE

And a whole lot of other nasties,

My point is that banning one substance from a product doesn't make it any safer,

My feelings on smoking is this,
If you enjoy smoking then smoke, i do and enjoy it,
If you dont like smoking then dont be in a room with smokers,

I dont approve of the smoking ban and think it should be lifted,

I admit it probably does cause cancer and will in the end kill me but as i see it im gonna die at some point so why worry.

Anyway more people die in cars than smoking so why not ban petrol???

  newman35 06:41 14 Jan 2008

Whilst agreeing with most of what you say, I cannot accept your statement
"If you dont like smoking then dont be in a room with smokers,"
Why should it be me that has to avoid smokers? It a room is 'clear' and has a group of people in it, then one smoker enters, are they all expected to move out to allow this smoker to continue?

  interzone55 08:52 14 Jan 2008

"Anyway more people die in cars than smoking so why not ban petrol???"

Have you any idea how many people die each DAY from smoking related conditions?

At the moment smoking is directly link to about 300 deaths a day.

Currently we're running at about 3500 road deaths a YEAR, so every fortnight smoking kills more people that the roads do in a year.

Only about 20% of adults smoke, so you're saying that the other 80% should stay away from pubs & clubs are you?

  Quickbeam 09:21 14 Jan 2008

That surprises me, when I go out I get the impression a lot more than that smoke. That seems to say that a lot of none smokers don't go out as much. I wonder if that will change as the smoking ban ages.

  Quickbeam 09:27 14 Jan 2008

You've had the ban for a few years now. What changes in attitude and socialising habits have you noticed?

  Si_L 09:45 14 Jan 2008

How would you go about banning nicotine? The substance is naturally contained in the tobacco.

  Bingalau 10:29 14 Jan 2008

I've noticed that there seem to be less adults smoking these days, most of those who are seem to be women. There also seems to be an increase in school aged youngsters and teenagers smoking than previously.

  interzone55 10:32 14 Jan 2008

I for one didn't used to go in pubs simply because, as a non-smoker, I couldn't bear the smell of my clothing after a night out. I'm sure a lot of other non-smokers feel the same way.

Once the weather clears up, and credit card bills are reduced I'm sure pub trade will pick up.

  interzone55 10:38 14 Jan 2008

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT.

This page - click here - contains a list of the 599 incredients that the FTC allows US tobacco companies are allowed to add to cigarettes, I'm sure our government has a similar list.

  babybell 11:01 14 Jan 2008

I'm a smoker of 10 years and although the ban has caused me to get wet on more than one occasion, i do feel that the ban is a good idea. I don't think it is fair that someone who doesnt smoke but enjoying the same club as me should be forced to breath in my harmful smoke. In fact in the future if i say to my kids that in "daddys day" the used to be able to smoke inside a pub they will find that very hard to believe!

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