A man I knew was lying there, dying of cancer.
His older brothers were at his bedside as he demanded to know why, when he became the only smoker in the family, they did not take him out behind the barn and beat on him until he agreed to stop smoking.
They had discussed it with him, but did not feel it was their place to use any kind of force.
Today is World No Tobacco Day, and while I never thought I would agree with big tobacco on anything, they do have a point, this time.
In a News Release, Imperial Tobacco is calling on Ottawa to end the hypocrisy around its health agenda.
Their document points out that on one hand the federal government is planning to further regulate tobacco by banning menthol and introducing plain packaging.
On the other hand they want to move ahead with the legalization of marijuana.
I’ve been asking the same thing for some time.
Health Canada does not want young people hooked on smoking anything, yet the government is hooked on taxing anything that smokes.
Looks like we’ve all been wrong all these years, if you’re the government, you can have it both ways.
Let me know what you think.