shamikaze wrote:* 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).
Agreed. But then, you would have to do the same for drug addicts, alcoholics, (some) diabetics, (most) obese, all cosmetic interventions (ie breast implants - yes, the NHS pays for some of those), (most) dental care, many cancer patients linked to risk factors other than smoking (ie sun exposure), road accident trauma (the guy who was speeding, not the other guy), most hypertension and high cholesterol patients and so many others that in the end public health services would only be available for lightning strike victims and histoplasmosis sufferers who contracted the fungus via bat dropings.
shamikaze wrote:* Not all smokers, but the majority don't care about the environment and throw their sigaret buds everywhere on the streets, mountains, ....
Totally agree with that. Problem is, there are very few bins available where one can safely put out a cigarette without the risk of starting a fire. One could argue that one should not smoke if one is not near an ashtray, but the exact same argument of yours would also stand against chewing gum, which probably needs a few hundred thousand years longer than a cigarette butt to decompose naturally.
shamikaze wrote:* 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.
No argument there. As a smoker I am 100% convinced banning smoking in restaurants and all enclosed public spaces is the reasonable thing to do. I actually enjoy it more having to go outside to have my fix, not have to wash my clothes after I go to a pub, and smoke less.
Now, to return to the topic, Ferrari and Marlboro are not doing anything illegal. Morals have nothing to do with business. And I've yet to buy a Ford pick up truck despite being a Ferrari fan. I do smoke Marlboro, but I buy the Gold ones, so I rest my case.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. H.P.Lovecraft