PLEASURE WARNING: Starting smoking now significantly increases your feelings of pleasure.
What can one guy and his website do? Hopefully help a few people discover a new pleasure and maybe even have a positive impact on public policy concerning smoking. Most everything on this site is dedicated to all the people who love to smoke, the rest of this page is about advocating rational and ethical tobacco policy.
Let's just jump into it, in relationship to this subject, what principles if upheld serve the common good?
What general statements follow from the above principles on the issue at hand?
From the Surgeon Generals report:
Sustained progress toward a society free of involuntary exposures to secondhand smoke should remain a national public health priority.
So what public polices should we work towards?
1. Raise the federal excise tax to $1.00 per pack and spend it as follows:
2. Limit state and local tobacco taxes to $1.00 per pack and index for inflation every five years.
I know some states rely on tobacco taxes to pay for certain programs. Governments can't make rational and ethical decisions on tobacco policy if critical non-tobacco programs are being funded by tobacco taxes. Governments are less likely to support a government funded stop smoking program if that would mean lower revenue for their state.
3. A general ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces should be enforced. Per locality, 20% of businesses should be granted a waiver to allow smoking within their publicly enclosed space. Patrons may then choose what type of establishment they wish to visit. Employees also get the choice of being employed in a smoking or non-smoking place of business. This policy ensures that no involuntary exposures to smoke occur.