I was introduced to Tobacco at the age of 9 by a farm worker. I was probably addicted by age 16. My Grandfather who boarded with us smoked, my parents did not. I gave up at age 37 probably due to the pressure that accompanied my daughters exposure to education at school and brought the info home, plus an awareness that health risks finally overcame my self indulgence. A forty something neighbour having triple bypass was a factor. Yes I wish I had done that sooner, in fact I now wish I had never started.
When Bars were made smoke free I was happy as I had to avoid most social activities that allowed smoking in enclosed spaces. I support the workplace bans as people who are required to be in a confined space should not have to endure second hand smoke. I support the legislative focus that ensures the considerable health costs smoking brings to those who smoke are covered.
But a ban on smoking in the open air is a step too far for me.
I have waited all day for someone in the National government to tell us this over indulgence in banning legal activities is not going to happen, to say something, sadly it appears not to have happened. I guess they will wait for some polling to tell them how to react.
I am offended when the smokers return to the Bar in the pub and cringe when I recall my inflicting that reeking smell on others but it is still a legal if heavily taxed substance.
The addictive aspects are complex and varied, education and the rising cost by way of taxation is the answer, driving it underground wont work, banning is over reacting.