Cigarettes: The Most Stable International Currency
. In China, expensive cigarettes
(not to be confused with counterfeits
of popular brands) are sometimes used as bribes
Cash can be difficult to handle, or outright illegal, in some places. Since a smoking ban (and subsequent black-market trade
) in US prisons, canned mackerel
on MetaFilter) has become the exchange medium of choice. [more inside]
Fifty years ago, the Royal College of Physicians released a report titled "Smoking and health (1962)"
, showing the relation between smoking and lung cancer. In 1962, about 70% of men and 40% of women in the UK smoked, and the BBC spoke to a number of them as seen in this archive footage
Ce n'est pas une cigarette
France is the latest to ban smoking in public, joining Spain, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Ukraine, and the U.S. among others. This short article
from The Atlantic shows the long history of countries attempting to ban smoking, from Pope Urban VIII to Hitler. Somehow I think these bans are here to stay.
Jewsfilter: Rabbinic Council of America bans smoking for all Orthodox Jews
"Jewish law is fully able to incorporate new realities, recognize new and reliable scientific findings, and embrace the need to change heretofore acceptable behavior."
Read the full technical legal opinion here
Now if only the Orthodox Union would stand up for the LBGT community
in same the way that it has for Darfur
, stem cell research
, heck, even global warming
Labour Party charlies cock-up smoking ban plans.
Despite years of very public debate on what seems like a fairly straightforward subject, it now looks like the UK government will be forced to rethink its plans to introduce a smoking ban
in public places across England and Wales. Research
in places where bans are in place all support the claims for health benefits
, and the Scottish Parliament is taking the lead
in the UK by introducing a total ban next year, so why can't the Labour Party make up its mind? If you're tired of waiting for the government to take action, this site lists smoke-free restaurants and hotels
around the world.
Smoking banned from the Irish workplace (including pubs) from March 29th
Looks like all of us smokers will have to comply. Personally, I can't wait for the ban to come in as it will be further incentive for me to fight the addicition. Hopefully the ban on smoking at my office will mean it'll be easier to stop.
All that said, I wonder how it's going to be enforced? The way I see it, the only way it could be properly enforced is through the public being prepaired to report transgressions to those charged with enforcing the law. Maybe the fear of that will make sure that business owners see to it that their workplaces are smoke free.