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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:19 PM

 

Public Health Proposal Considers Mandatory ‘Smokers License

CBS DC
By Benjamin Fearnow


WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A public health proposal suggests that tobacco smokers should be required to apply and pay for a “smoker’s license” in order to continue buying cigarettes.

In this week’s PLOS Medicine medical journal, two leading tobacco control advocates debate the merits of the smoker’s license. Simon Chapman, a professor at the University of Sydney, proposes that users would have to apply and pay for a mandatory license in the form of a smartcard that would be shown when buying cigarettes.

Dr. Chapman wrote that it could discourage young people from picking up the habit.


http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/11/15/public-health-proposal-considers-mandatory-smokers-license/

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:29 PM

1. We already pay more in taxes than for the cigarettes themselves.

I think we should license people to buy alcohol first, then people who buy twinkies, then people who buy Papa John's pizza, and those people who stand in the middle of the grocery store isle and don't leave others room to get by...

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:29 PM

2. Ugh... and what under-funded police force would enforce this?

Booo!

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:31 PM

3. I don't smoke and despise cigarettes, but that is going too far. nt

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:33 PM

4. No it wouldn't.

Young people just steal 'em from Mom and Dad, thinking that sucking poison into their lungs makes them look hip. They're dependent on it before they realize what's happening.

I'm happy about the progress of banning it in indoor public spaces. That's really enough for me.

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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:43 PM

5. Next will it be a breathing permit?

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