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Is The Talk of Smoking Bans Hypocritical?

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Is The Talk of Smoking Bans Hypocritical?

More and more, Councils and Governments are restricting places where people can smoke. Several Councils are debating motions to completely ban smoking within their areas of control despite allowing the sale of tobacco products within those areas.

Governments are continually reaping the massive financial benefits of tobacco taxes whilst placing bans on alternatives such as Vaping where the medical evidence, despite still in its early stages of research, shows that Vaping has been a successful stepping stone to quitting and is far less harmful than cigarettes leaving many to believe the Vaping ban to be solely about loss of tax revenues. In comparison, a packet a day smoker spends nearly $10,000 per year on smoking but the equivalent 12 months supply for Vaping costs only $1,000 per year.

Governments for years have been telling us that smoking is bad for us and is a major cost to the health budget, the primary reason for the continual increase in costs smokers currently endure, but the majority of money raised from tobacco taxes do not go to funding quit programs or into the health budget.

Governments collect more than $12 Billion each year from tobacco taxes so if smoking was to be made illegal then something else would have to be hit with higher taxes to replace the lost monies.

Lung Cancer rates in Australia have remained relatively steady with only a minor increase in the past five years despite there being fewer smokers today than at any time since 2001. Yes Lung Cancer takes years to develop but considering there are 40% fewer smokers today than 18 years ago we should expect to see some change in Smoking related diseases and deaths.

Nobody doubts or disputes that smoking is bad for people but does it pass The Pub Test that smokers are constantly hit with higher taxes and restrictions on where they can engage their legal habit whilst Federal, State and Local Governments all benefit from the sale of tobacco products or Should Smoking Be Made Illegal in Australia?