Yea... if you smoke a pack a day (which I most definitely do not) you are paying at least 1.50$ in sales tax just for that. Much much much more in New York or Chicago or lots of other places. In 1999, cigarette taxes generated 13 b
illion dollars in taxes when they cost only 2.50 a pack, and there's a dollar more tax added on now. (In the US). In 2001, it jumped to almost 16 billion dollars. Just the taxes. And that isn't counting the economic impact of tobacco farming or the taxes on the companies.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,199829,00.html
Think about this. If you really want to make people stop smoking, the best way to do it is by raising taxes. This benefits everyone. States and the fed get more tax revenue, and people quit of THEIR OWN VOLITION because they don't want to pay so much or can't pay so much. So people decide to quit. And it actually works. So, if you want to go on your crusade then why not focus it on raising taxes, since it helps offset the health costs and encourages people to quit.
What you want to do, which is ban it everywhere, does not. It just makes people mad and it hurts businesses. So why not go the more productive route?
The best way to make someone who has already said they are trying to quit mad is to tell them how easy it is if they really wanted to. Do you tell that to people who are addicted to heroin? Which is just as addictive? Do you know that a stupid decision I made when I was 14 to start smoking has changed the chemistry in my brain so that I actually get physically ill if I don't smoke? I know some people don't but I actually start fainting.
And I don't use that as an excuse. I will quit. But it's not going to be because I'm not allowed in restaurants smoking (which I already don't do) it's going to be because I finally did it myself.