Stanzza, u can ban the haze meh? We really don't own the air. Policies can be pushed to improve the situation. Not the irrational emotions towards smokers. That doesn't contribute to improving the situation at all.
yooohooo ... tomalasu .... where are you? do i have to get the pest buster to fumigate you from where you are hiding?
for the longest time i have been ignoring you ... you have been going around the threads saying things to no one in particular, probably thinking you are very witty or outrageous or something. sometimes you try to engage me, get my attention. but i dismissed you like the senile and garrulous old man you probably are.
but today, since you thought that you could be the hero here and be a (gay) knight in shining armour for smokers, i thought i could have a bit of fun with you putting a dent in your armour of shining crazy.
why dont you come out of your gutter now and spread a bit of your bubonic plague? let's have a verbal slam-dunk shall we, tomalasu you overaged asshole.
and what is the continuous teasing about the Milo drink.
Such childish immature taunting that goes on and on.
As I have said my piece. The proposal is not practical.. not because of the economics but because making it more difficult or illegal won't stop smoking. Smoking is not at the same level as drugs - so let's be realistic.
I would see more and more restrictions and yes, even designated smoking areas - these should be enough.
We live in a city in which we are in close proximity - consideration on both sides are required - smokers and non-smokers.
And public policy is not all about money. It is different from business so put on a different cap. Ideally, govt would wanna implement policy that is of public benefit while generating revenue at the same time.
When they have to choose 1 outta 2, they choose public benefit. This is what's great abt Sg govt.
So you wanna bet if government will ban cigarette for those born after 2000?
I say, NEVER. In in my life-time. Unless there is an alternative in the future.
So if it is not going to happen, you can wish all you can.. it will not be fulfilled.
Taxes on tobacco is useful revenue. Almost a billion dollars in 2010. This is more than 25% of the budget for healthcare.. And the negative impact? I mean smoking is already severely restricted - its impact curtailed - it is really a win-win situation right now..
If you ban it, the revenue is gone. Cigarettes will be much more expensive.. and it the profit will be for those who will smuggle them in.