I have two growing kids. We often tell them that smoking is bad for the health so we are confident that they will be able to handle peer pressure in the future.
Kids imitate what they saw from adults. My kids didn’t actually saw their Dad puffing padron cigar before. Good thing my husband quit smoking when my daughter was still very young. If not for the smoker’s cough and my constant
nagging reminder, my husband would not have stopped smoking. I’m glad he listened.
For friends and acquaintances who smoke, sorry guys but your smoking days in public places are numbered. You can’t be seen with those lighted cigs in your hand anywhere you want (except inside your house). A law banning people to smoke in public places is in effect and anyone caught violating the law will pay a fine or undergo community service.
Are these penalties enough to carry the burden of cigarette smoking particularly for those who have been affected by second hand smoking, for life? I’m not sure if your term insurance will cover your smoking-related ailment, but those who don’t smoke are indeed paying a high price due to other people’s irresponsibility.
Hopefully, the smoking ban rule would be strictly enforced, if not, it will be another regulation used for publicity stunt.
March 31 is World No Tobacco Day.