a major part of my work is helping people stop behaviours that are destructive to them. smoking tops the list. the government ban on smoking in public places is a reasonable step toward what has become not only a health problem but a tax issue as well. as our population ages our focus falls to retirement and benifits. the action of the government is directly related to the health issues caused by cigarette consumption and it`s attendant health risks.
traditionally the government has sat back and watched it`s citizens poison themselves with tobacco products while reaping the tax benifits. now they are looking to reduce the back-end cost to the health budget by restricting the consumption and visibility of the product.
too little, too late for the approximately 20,000 people in canada who will die as a result of smoking.