“Anyone born after 2000 should be banned from smoking”
British Medical Association (BMA), Annual Meeting, 2014.
At the present rate of decline it will take about 70 years to reduce smoking to zero. This is too slow. The cigarette and tobacco deaths stop 20 to 50 years after smoking ends. Smoking cigarettes needs to be taken completely out of children’s lives to break this generational addiction cycle. Adults need to think about who’s seeing them smoke. If smoking were banned, 13 New Zealanders would not die needlessly every day. I estimate that if banned, the new NZ cigarette death toll would drop from 5000 to less than 100 every year within a decade. This would mean 4900 New Zealanders would not die painfully each year before their time.
That alone is worth it.
The innocents are dying for no reason other than money
Non-smokers’ are almost 90% of the population and growing. Our rights have been callously disregarded for decades. There have to be laws in society that keep us all safe; laws such as ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ There is always a trade-off between ‘all-out freedom’ and ‘accepted law’. Banning smoking completely would serve and protect everyone except the big tobacco corporations. It would have nothing but positive effects for the human race and the generations to come.
We are getting somewhere but it is still too slow
Did you used to be able to smoke anywhere? Yes. Can you now? No. Can you smoke on planes now? Of course not. This is progress but it is not fast enough. Heart attacks, strokes, asthma and emphysema hospitalisations all fall dramatically in areas where smoking is banned. There are 45 studies proving this in countries all over the world. In Loma Linda, California, they have been smoke-free for almost 30 years. They live, on average, ten to 20 years longer than any other community in the US.
This is why the world needs courage to ban smoking now.
It is still going to take another 50 years for the damage to be undone in DNA, our genetics, our cancer rates and our heart disease.
Do we want to protect our children and the evolution of the human race or not?
Making smoking nearly impossible will save lives. Period. Banning smoking is the first step.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.