Perhaps it is because the existentialists packed up their anxieties and left town that Paris now has the lowest level of smoking anywhere in France.
The story below illustrates some interesting aspects of the status of cigarettes and smoking within society. Ideally, it seems, people should buy cigarettes but not smoke them.
This year’s World No Tobacco Day campaign is aiming to engage with ‘stakeholders across multiple sectors’. But one significant stakeholder will no doubt not be included.
Most people try to obey laws, except when they are driving of course. But many people draw the line when laws are based on misinformation and are therefore counterproductive.
Belarus seems to have introduced a category error into law by lumping together tobacco and nicotine products, no doubt based on the US FDA’s deem-based understanding of the world.
Smokers should have access to as many quit-smoking methods as possible – from traditional Chinese medicine to 21st Century vaping. It is important only that they work.
It is not made clear why smokers alone should be made to top up the Philippines’ Universal Health Care program with funds from a massive cigarette tax increase.
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is addressing seriously, and at a critical time, questions of poverty among smallholder tobacco growers.
Used properly in vaping devices, nicotine can be a powerful harm-reduction tool. And even when it is accidentally ingested, it generally causes only mild, short-lived discomfort.
If Malawi decides to take the cannabis route, it should make sure that it does so only in such a way as to ensure that its farmers – and therefore society as a whole – benefit appropriately.