Vancouver Anti Smoking campaign up in smoke
Vancouver, said to be the fittest province in Canada seems to be a lone province when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Cigarette Advertisers were run out of dodge years ago during many sporting events, with public ads warning our youth especially about the hazards of smoking.
Vancouver and all of British Columbia seem to be the last holdouts versus the rest of Canada when it comes to banning cigarette sales from Drug stores. While Canada spends billions of dollars on healthcare in regards to smokers, why are drug stores, a place that promotes health selling them?
The British Columbia government attempt at getting out of sight out of mind extends to a curtain draped over the cigarette display looks nice, but as anyone who watches game shows, the curiosity of what’s behind curtain Number 3 gets the best of us, especially teens.
According to Health Canada, it appears Canada ranks 15th out of 18 countries when it comes to cigarette warnings on cigarette packaging. In 2001 Canada ranked 1st in demanding health warnings on cigarettes, including banning cigarette advertisers from sponsoring most major sporting events, magazine, drug stores to cessation programs. Movies, in particular movies geared toward our youth have banned smoking in pictures, though some independent films may feature a cigarette smoker or two.
The new ranking will be released at the World Health Organization tobacco control conference in Uruguay.
What does that mean to Canadians? Not much it seems, smokers will continue to smoke, regardless of the packaging. While many feel this warning label packaging is a waste of time for some reason, Health Canada and special interest minions feel we have not gone far enough in warning people of the dangers of tobacco.
Government efforts to introduce so called sin taxes on everything from beer, alcohol and cigarettes does not seem to stop the increased consumption of all three. Smuggling of cigarettes, including of counterfeit cigarettes from China are also big business to the tune of a billion dollars a year should say one thing.
Regardless of the warnings, cigarettes will be smoked, bartered and shared.
All the skull and crossbones, oral cancer photos, life stories of ex smokers, banning advertisement and anti smoking marketing seems for naught. They say quitting smoking is harder than quitting heroin.
While some compare smokers akin to Hitler, many feel banning cigarettes entirely would be a step in the right direction. Good luck with that!
There is a saying, you can throw the ball, but it is up to the other person to catch it.
Apparently there are a lot of dropped balls in Canada, with British Columbia littered with them.
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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada