wesley123 wrote:What is wrong with smoking at all? It is someones own choise.
I'll try to keep it short:
* don't care if smokers are waisting their own health, but they should be excempted (or only allowed a % of total) from public health services for all known deseaes linked to smoking (lung-cancer, ... list is looooooooong).
* Not all smokers, but the majority don't care about the environment and throw their sigaret buds everywhere on the streets, mountains, ....
* Not all smokers, but the majority pay little respect to the majority of the non-smokers in restaurants or lunch/dinner places when people in their close proximity are still eating. I don't like my salmon or steak to taste like I've just kissed an ashtray.
* As a non-smoker enherited a company-car from a smoker. I kept for all of 1 day and then returned it. No way I was going to stay in that thing. It smelled like an ashtray that was long-overdue a cleaning, and it looked much like that as well. Again, certainly does not apply to all smokers.
* In most countries, rules are not made for the majortiy, but for the minority and they typically affect the majority more then the ones the rules/regulations are intended for. Numerous examples can be found for smokers.
* In Belgium no more smoking allowed in restaurants and bars, and I LIKE IT !!! Now I don't smell 4hrs downwind after having been to a bar for 1hr. Unfortunately, due to the ban, when you enter a restaurant, you are greeted by a hurd of smokers like a smoking honour garde.
* Smokers take regular work-breaks to get their "fix" outside. As a non-smoker, I get "looked" at if I would go outside and just get some "fresh" air. I think in the U.K. smokers even have their official work-week extended by 1/2hr per working day to compenseate for getting their fix. I wouldn't mind that being implemented across EU.
Probably I'll be offending a large nr of people/smokers by these statements, but most likely that will be only be a percentage of people they have bothered with their smoke so I won't loose any sleep over it.
If Ferrari can get away with the sponsor deal and the coulour-scheme, then that's it. It is still people's own choice to start or keep smoking. I don't think any human should ruin his health on the basis of an advertisement. Peer-pressure from friends and old-habits get or keep you smoking. Commercials are there to make you aware of the choice of brands you have, but the people would still smoke without that brand-recognition advertisement.
My smoker-friends know better then to complain to me for price or health/fysique issue's because they'll get a no-nonse reply from me.