Monday, May 18, 2009

Fer Chrissake!

The latest in Quebec Politics:

The Quebec government wants to get a law passed whereby tobacco companies will be obliged to help fund treatment for people with smoking related illnesses.

Now, I'm not a smoker myself and honestly, I can't conceive why people would start smoking, seeing everything we know about it's effects on a human body.

And sure, I'm not thrilled my tax dollars are being used to pay to treat lung cancer in smokers, but I'm not thrilled at a lot of ways my tax dollars are being spent. And god knows, I'll need treatment eventually for something or other so it's all good.


But I really don't think that making the tobacco companies pay is the way to go. I think it takes all responsibility away from those who started smoking in the first place and who certainly cannot argue these days that they didn't know what they were getting into.

Blow in her face and she'll follow you anywhere? What the fuck??

If tobacco companies are made to pay for the damage their product wreaks, does that mean the smokers themselves should pay for their treatments also? I'd think not, isn't that why they pay taxes? And isn't that why the tobacco companies pay taxes?


If you start this, then what? Should car manufacturers pay for treatment of people injured in car accidents?

Should companies who make alcohol be liable for the cirrhosis and other alcohol related problems?

Should the Quebec government be liable for the problems caused by gambling? Oh yeah, probably not, since the gambling industry (lotteries, casinos etc.) are government owned here. So obviously that's different.

What is it with no one taking responsibility for their actions today?

You damn well have to know that if you start smoking your risk of lung cancer (among other ailments) skyrockets.

If, however, you decided to smoke and take your chances, I don't think tobacco companies should be liable for the damage.

Any more than Absolut or Seagrams should be held responsible for the damage alcohol wreaks.

People are responsible for their decisions, and if there's a cost to society, so be it. There's always a cost regardless.

Short of outlawing cigarettes (and any other substance or activity that's harmful) there isn't a whole lot to be done. And we all know how well the outlawing of this stuff goes. Remember the prohibition? Anyone who wanted to drink could get around the rules really easily. Drugs? Naw, nobody takes any illegal drugs - and they're about impossible to get. Sheesh.

It just doesn't work that way.

And to the government, who obviously knows this, and is using this ridiculous law to gain popularity points - Please. Just shut the hell up and go away.


Gaelyn said...

I agree even though I am a smoker. What will they think of next.

furiousBall said...

"Blow in her face and she'll follow you anywhere?"

wow, if the word "it" was right after Blow...

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm mixed on this. Not that it affects me since I'm not Canadian. Of course, adults ahve to be responsible for the consequences of their poor health choices. But, the difference between tobacco companies and car manufacturers is that cigaretts are a product which if used as the manufacturer intends will kill you. The tobacco industry knows this and pours their resources into producing "science" to decive people about the risks and lure young people into beginning an addiction. I think they should help pick up at least som eof the tab for the problem they willfully created and continue to create.

Anonymous said...

Please let people take ownership of their choices -- that is what freedom is all about -- even the freedom to be a moron and make stupid choices.

Good blog. But, your blogs are invariably good.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the foregoing comment was mine and I had no intention of it being anonymous.

Jocelyn said...

Indeed, O Passionate One.

Just like I can't sue the ice cream makers for my belly.

xup said...

Right on! (as they used to say in the olden days). And if tobacco companies are made to pay then the government should certainly kick in a bundle since they profit quit a bit from the tax paid on each and every pack of smokes

Jazz said...

Gaelyn - Don't worry, they'll think of something.

Furball - I love you for your twisted mind.

Citizen - I can see your point of view on this.

Anonymous Ian - I knew it was you!

Joce - Wouldn't it be nice if we could sue the ice cream manufacturers?

XUP - No no no.... Shhhh about the taxes...