Last year in the city where I live they outlawed smoking indoors in public places.
Actually they did this quite a while back, but they had made an exception for hotels, pubs and bars. Now they’ve extended it to these places too. You have to have an outdoors area now if you want to have a place to smoke.
Australia is one of quite a few countries around the world that has got really excited about images on cigarette packets.
Someone showed me a cigarette packet that they bought off the street.
Presumably it was an illegal import because it didn’t have the local warning label or the gruesome pictures on it.
This graphic type of warning label is meant to produce a nemotional/physical reaction, but does it do this for everyone?
I couldn’t find a picture of the most recent ones in Australia that get even more in your face.
You’ve probably heard the one about the man who avoids the packets that say smoking causes impotency, and instead only smokes the cigarettes from packets that warns about smoking when you are pregnant, because he knows that he’s safe with that one.
Well unfortunately it’s true.
People can do amazing things with their minds.
Our bodies can also do much more than we think they can.
It is almost universal to cough if you smoke a cigarette for the first time, but our bodies compensate and overcome this.
These mind and body adaptations are amazing.
Maybe people who smoke are rebels in the first place, but maybe it is a learned ability as well.
If so, I propose a new label on cigarette packets:
WARNING: Smoking can reduce your ability to heed warnings.
What do you think?
-Dr Martin Russell
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