Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A state ban will not curb underage smoking

The antis said before smoking bans help convince kids to never even try smoking.

Well, I still see teens and some preteens smoking cigs, and they look like experienced smokers with those menthols. Albeit my sightings doesn't include "underage smokers" of all types. Chicago had a local smoking ban since 2006. But I still see kids smoking, and some of those teens asked ME for a cig during this summer on my work days.

The local ban hasn't helped curb underage smoking at all. I seriously doubt the state ban will help curb underage smoking in IL period. Smoking bans will make smokers more disobedient, and it's still easy for them to buy packs underground ("them" actually includes adult IL smokers).

But banning tobacco would be the only REALISTIC way to curb underage smoking. After all, if antis want to keep tobacco away from all kids, then they need to make tobacco sales illegal.

Heck, the rise in cig prices was supposed to help cut down on underage smoking too. But it hasn't...it has encouraged kids AND adults to get cigs in secret fashion.

If smoking bans and higher cig prices have made life better for antis, I honestly don't see it. I've seen more kids smoking in public as the years progressed, and underage smokers are a lot similar to me (among the ones I see). They just simply FLICK those lighters without worrying about the sign on the wall, or the rest of society. They'll just do what they want.

What would smoke-free restaurants do without drive thrus?

McDonald's is lucky they have drive thrus because that fast food chain would've died in Chicago a few years ago when smoking was banned in their restaurants,

I can understand the point of not even making drive thru orders as a smoker. Because that's essentially the same thing as supporting the smoke-free restuarant.

But if drive thrus were illegal, then even major chains like McDs, KFC, and Wendy's would be outta business in cities/states with smoking bans.

As I told someone recently, before the days of smoking bans, you would be lucky to find a place to sit at in a fast food restaurant in my town! But now those fast food places in Chicago are practically empty in all areas of the city. And in my area of the town, it's soooo empty inside Popeyes, the workers in there don't say a word if they see a person or 2 actually smoking inside. Too bad not all areas of the city will give smokers a break of that nature.

Those fast food places are still making money not just because of them being major chains. But also because of those drive thrus that supposedly accomodate smoking customers.

Where would those fast food places be at without drive thrus? They would probably go outta business for good like the mom-pop businesses.