"Addiction is all the industry is selling"--a true statement ONLY if all smokers are or become addicts. But they do not.
It's amazing how far you will go to avoid taking responsibility for your own actions or for the actions of other smokers.
Wow, a whole STRING of bogus analogies! Old bad-luck-Cee-pee's got some catching up to do!
Oh and yes, of course, the definitive test for a viable suggestion is how well it fares on the Topix smoking forum.
One of the major "selling points" for the smoking regulations and the taxes going into place is that they will help reduce the smoking rate. Zero seems like a pretty good sign of success there, I'd say.
The reason given in the Senate for NOT shutting down the tobacco industry was NOT "Our citizens need to be able to choose to kill themselves and others this way". It was "There are too many addicts that would be cut off from their fix".
Addiction is all the industry is selling. Their own documents make that clear.
The FDA now has the authority to require that tobacco companies reduce the nicotine content in their products. That could be used to reduce the level of addictiveness and reverse some of the damage the industry has done.
The medical science community is shifting gears and is now looking at how to neutralize nicotine addiction instead of how to appease it via alternative sources of nicotine. That approach will continue to provide more effective methods of reducing the pervasiveness of nicotine addiction.
How much of a reduction in addiction and in addictive potential will it take before the industry begins to lose the 2/3 or so of their customers/victims that have been trying to quit but can't beat that addiction? How far do you think they can jack up their per-piece price to make up for lower quantity sales before they lose the rest of that customer base?
Or, to bring it back into the specific channel you favor, how low can the instance of addiction go before our Congress decides that treating their withdrawals of THOSE addicts is less damaging than allowing the industry to continue creating more?
Stop whining. There are smokers on the forum with far worse denial problems than yours. Of course, theirs are arguably chemically induced. Maybe you SHOULD see a doctor about that after all.