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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-23-07 07:35 AM
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147. OK I agree with
banning cigarettes --yes outright elimination of the cigarette industry. There is no benefit to health or justification for the deaths caused by cigarettes. There is no amount of smoking that is not harmful. The more you smoke, the more you want to smoke. It is as addictive as heroin.

The rest of the things on your grab-bag list can be done in moderation, with a little self-discipline. Use of aspartame can also be limited to a low dose, but people usually overdo it on that. The nutrasweet sodas are just expensive chemical-water. If you want to pay for that, OK, it's not addictive. But the jury is out on the health effects. There are a lot of guinea pigs out there now drinking the stuff, so the definitive word on it will emerge someday. The people I know in health care do not ingest aspartame.

While we don't mandate sunglasses, we do mandate seatbelts and helmets, and in Australia it is required that children wear hats at school because of the loss of the ozone layer there. Governments have a responsibility to protect people against known environmental dangers. A govt that really cares about its citizens does that. I don't think anyone thinks there should be big penalties for non-compliance. But people only take it seriously if there's a strong message that something is not good for you.
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