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Public Opinion | Smoking Pros and Cons Plus Current News & Research

Updated on January 27, 2016

I Wonder How Far Can States and Countries Will Go To Curb Cigarette Smoking Habits? What topics you will read about on this blog:

  • Controversial Cat Scans for Smokers
  • Reduce Your Lung Cancer Risk by Quit Smoking
  • To Be Mothers Who Smoke At Risk for Infant Birth Deformities
  • Phillip Morris Sues Australia About Cigarette Packaging
  • Obesity versus Smoking
  • Ohio State Ban on Smoking in Public Buildings
  • More Public No Smoking Signage
  • Debate on Government Control Over Personal Choice
  • Health Care Costs Due to Smoking
  • Is Smoking Stress Reducing?
  • Smoking and Home Fire Risks
  • Changing Cigarette Packaging
  • The Stigma of Non-Smokers Who Get Lung Cancer

Quitting smoking is a much more effective way to cut your risk of dying from lung cancer

AARP NEWS | A National Lung Screening Trial with more than 53,000 people ages 55 to 74 who had smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years provides controversial results. Study included heavy smokers who had quit smoking within the last 15 years. Older former smokers who quit more than 15 years ago were not included in the study, because over the years their risk of lung cancer drops considerably.

Controversial Cat Scans CT Scans for Smokers

Participants at 33 sites received either a low-dose CT scan or a chest x-ray for three years and were followed for five. This news report appears very balanced with opinions on both sides.

A large number of spots on the scans that weren't dangerous can possibly lead to more scans, biopsies and surgery. About a quarter of all the scans found some abnormality but nearly all of them turned out to be benign. The scans also found cancers that surgeons then removed that might not have been harmful. The key is experienced quality physicians and radiologists making sensible conservative decisions. What about alternative approaches to reduce smoking? Not mentioned.

Smoking Mothers-To-Be At Risk

The Guardian | Recent studies show that when mother's smoke their children are at risk of deformities. Now the government wants to test pregnant mom's for Carbon Monoxide levels to determine whether they smoke and provide cessation programs. What!? Can they not simply ASK them if they smoke? And, do they WANT to stop smoking? If they do, then provide classes and programs that teach stress reduction and substitute more beneficial habits. Give nutritional prenatal advice and any other type of support that mother's desire.

It sounds like getting pulled over by the police and a speeding ticket. I don't like this idea!

  • U.K. Study | University College London (UCL) researchers found women who light up during gestation likely to give birth to children who have defects including cleft lip/palate or gastroschisis, where parts of the stomach or intestines protrude through the skin.
  • Second Hand Smoke During Pregnancy Raises Stillbirth Risk and Birth Defects
    Researchers found stillbirth was 23 per cent more common and birth defects were 13 per cent more common among mothers who lived with, or worked with, smokers.

Phillip Morris Sues Australia

The cigarette companies are smoking mad about the new plain packaging proposals in Australia. I will provide more information soon.

Will Australia Lead The World In Cigarette Smoking Reduction?

The Pros and Cons of Smoking

Two Sides to Every Issue

Depending upon whether or not you smoke will most usually determine whether you would vote for a ban to smoking. But, that actually may not be true. Because a person who does not smoke, may want to uphold the rights of the individual who wants to smoke.

The line that may be crossed occurs when someone who does not smoke feels his or her rights have been stepped on, if the second hand smoke will affect the lungs or some other function of the body. Most people agree that there will be damage to the lungs. Perhaps an unpleasant smell, taste and odor in the air that would make drive people out of a restaurant and that is why they used to have designated smoking areas in public places; and more recently banned smokers to outdoor spaces.

This issue has become more heated in recent years as laws have become more stringent. Blogging and complaint websites have seen an increase in activity. Everyone having their say back and forth provides both sides to this argument. I believe it shows the level of involvement, less apathy and more concern for public and individual rights.

Personal Bias

At the outset, I would tell my bias that I am not for smoking, nor any smoking products of any kind, including electronic devices that make great claims to be non-addictive and not tar up the lungs. Everyone knows that I believe with heart and soul in natural products, natural living, the motto "do no harm", alternative medicine and am against anything that can cause injury to the body. I am not selling or promoting any products that would hurt any human being, adults or children. I am not promoting substitute electronic products or injections or even chemicals.

My hubpages talks about the TWO SIDES of the story because even though I stand on the side of not being a user; there are people who stand on the side of FREEDOM of choice. Take care of your health, your children and your future.

Smoking products have been used by people around the globe for thousands of years, which in modern times has been adulterated with hundreds of chemicals but we still call by the same name. They have been used for rituals, to seal agreements, for trade, for pleasure and relaxation. Yet, in today's society, most people will find long-term negative health effects, unless the state of relaxation from hypersensitivity and anxiety makes it work like a drug.

Obesity versus Smoking

A University of Michigan study counters the addiction of smoking to the rising rates in obesity as one reason that the recent reduction in smoking trends actually hinders health. In a way, that just trades one evil habit for another, with poor results as an outcome. And, I would venture to guess if the person had been smoking for some time, which weakened the respiratory system and other organs, then the person puts on the weight, that could be the tipping point to tragedy.

Hot Topic at TOPIX

HOT TOPIC: Ohio Approves State Ban on Inhalation of Toxic Plant Fumes

With over seventy-four Thousand comments on this controversial issue on the TOPIX website people are having their say. The introductory blurb states:

"Ohio voters have approved a ban on smoking in virtually all public buildings. Voters approved the sweeping ban while rejecting a competing measure that would have exempted bars and restaurants, the Cleveland. . ."

Taking Away The Rights Of People In Public Places

Looking at both sides of this issue, we see Freedom Fighters wanting to be able to continue this practice in public places, such as restaurant, office, pub, work-place, university, etc.

These Freedom Fighters feel it is their right to do this leisure activity if it only harms their person and no one else. That is their prerogative and will accept the consequences. These people feel an injustice that they could be controlled and removed of their ability to participate in this activity where and when they want to light up and take a puff. They are also very fearful that this is just the beginning of how the government will step in to control all aspects of their lives.

What is the Government's Responsibility?

The government agencies, with the duty to safe-guard the people, must have felt a need to create a secure place for those who do not partake in this activity who either don't like to inhale or are health conscious and know [as stated on the package] this activity is dangerous to your health and may cause many illnesses.

Are you on the side of stricter laws and banning?

The people who side with the government decision and the Ohio State's new ruling believe this is just for the safety and health of the majority of people. Not just to set an example to the children, but to have definite action.

Banning Effects More Than Personal Freedoms and Individual Health

Creating this rule will help "clean the air." Both in the environment where people eat, work and meet and also in the physiological bodies of those who would be exposed and inhale the toxic fumes.

What choices do smokers have when the activity is outlawed and banned?

Both sides have a point to make. I suppose there remains the option for those who partake in this activity to meet in each others homes and backyards.

The No -- Signs

Sign courtesy of Katelyn Gray
Sign courtesy of Katelyn Gray | Source

Every Action Has A Reaction

What results can be expected when there is a ban?

Due to the new law we may see a reduction in this habit and an increase in another industry. All the public buildings will need signage. You can view the variety of signs that people will see every where they go. What a boon for the sign industry.

Will it make a difference? Will people pay attention?

I'm wondering whether these signs will be ignored just as the Warning Labels on the item package boxes themselves. Humans have a tendency to take notice of something that is new in their environment or when something is out of place. I would hypothesize that people will "see" these signs as they are newly posted. They may grumble about them or praise the situation. And after a number of months to years, I believe these signs will be virtually invisible as they fade into the common environment.

Hope In Our Children

Hopefully, the children will take note and ask their parents what the signs mean and why the government had to take this regulatory action? They can understand a STOP sign or Traffic Light to keep traffic flowing and allow people to safely cross the streets. How will parents choose to explain the need for logical responsible adults having government taking control of their personal lives? Will they give an analogy about the seat belt laws? Will this initiate some good discussion around the theme of "responsibility" and "freedom?"

Ohio voters passed Issue 5 on Nov. 7, 2006, creating Ohio’s indoor -- ban under a new chapter of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) effective Dec. 7, 2006. This new law requires “public places” and “places of employment” prohibit this habit as of that date. These businesses and organizations must also post signs that contain the telephone number 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) for reporting violations; and remove ash trays and other receptacles.

Wikipedia has a varied selection of Warning Signs

A personal story: It's true, when mothers take up this habit their infants have low birth weight and the child is born addicted to nicotine throughout their lives and finds this habit exhilerating and relaxing making it difficult to quit.

Warning Signs

Home Fire Safety

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, D.C. 20207
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Washington, D.C. 20207

New Package Design in the U.K.

Fatal equals Death. Do you sit up and take notice or shrug it off? Do you say "That's not going to happen to me!"
Fatal equals Death. Do you sit up and take notice or shrug it off? Do you say "That's not going to happen to me!"

Going Federal: Who Has Control?

Times are changing with the changing of the guard.

President Obama and the new government agencies in power feel that stricter controls must be set into place. I'm sure the "smokey" discussion rooms are fuming with ideas and controversy. How much control should government take on these issues?

Reduce Cost by Preventing Disease

With Health Care being top on the list, one way to reduce hospital and medical costs is to PREVENT acute and chronic illness. It has been determined, and every body knows, that this habit effects asthmatics and the respiratory system and causes emphysema, lung disease and cancer. Cause and effect. Simple.

Society, Stress and Anxiety

Smoking can calm nerves and reduce anxiety for those who love practicing this habit. What say you? How can we weigh the argument? Are there other ways to relieve anxiety before going to a social event, performing in public, or taking a test? Will people end up becoming obese from over-eating instead of lighting up? When does government leave off and people take control?

Enjoyment in partaking of this habit.

Many people love to light up after sex, in the morning, with coffee, after a good meal, while relaxing on a walk, etc. all take place in the privacy of the home. I don't think this law takes those pleasures away, except if people are in a public place.

Related Home fires

I remember reading somewhere about the number of fires started from people who light up in bed. Houses have been destroyed along with lives of entire families due to these events. Government would definitely be stepping over the line if they decided to ban every one from this practice, even in the privacy of one's home. However, with the new laws in place we may see a reduction of this habit in a new generation and possibly those already addicted. A side effect would be a reduction in home fires.

Studies, World Trends and Bans

Don't think that this ban applies just to the United States or her individual states as one by one they vote in more regulation. Other countries are either ahead of us or will follow soon.

As people throw caution to the wind and continue their habit for so many understandable reasons, psychologists find ways to intercept the addictive thinking patterns.

Package Design Study Shows Results

  • Adults in Mexico were asked to bid in an auction on two packs
  • One pack had a text warning and the other had text plus graphic imagery
  • The pack with the graphic image had a mean attributed value which was 17% lower ($3.21 pesos) than the pack with the text-only warning, and this difference remained statistically significant within subgroups defined by sociodemographics, amount of this acitivity, number of quit attempts, and levels of perceived risks.

Stepping Up Awareness Messages

We know how every day things in our environment do not affect us. The text messages were not making a difference in our actions, so they implemented gross images of diseased lungs to make an impact. Do you think this will make a difference, even for a short while? Take a look at the pictures English smokers will face when the new product design is completely in place by the end of 2009.

I think young children are very concerned about their health today and it may delay or keep them from starting this practice. Does any parent really want their child to start?

It's Not Safe

When We Cannot Connect The Dots

On the side of people who still do not connect smoking with disease such as cancer, more they bring more statistics to the table. What about being ostracized when a person is diagnosed with lung cancer and they have not ever smoked?

NPR: Those Who Do Not Have This Habit Get Lung Cancer Stigma

Did you catch this story? June 2009 NPR show informs listeners that thousands of non-habituated persons are diagnosed with lung cancer, a majority are women. I feel this program needed to ask more questions than the simple statement. I understand it was bringing to public awareness this fact, but we need to ask how can this happen?

Science News: Why Do Some Lifelong Persons Who Never Partook in this Acitivity Get Lung Cancer? Studies show the majority of lung cancers are related to this habit and approximately 16,000 to 24,000 lung cancer deaths each year are due to other factors.

Why The Others Get Lung Cancer:

  • radon
  • secondhand smoke
  • asbestos
  • radiation therapy
  • combustion products
  • other carcinogens

How to reduce potential illness?

To bring some light on the subject. Here is a positive action we can take to lower risk. Science News: Good Diet and Gardening Linked To Lower Lung Cancer Risk

Subliminal Mind Tapes

Since the creation of television marketing and I'm sure before, advertising agents have used the power of subliminal messages to get people to purchase products, watch more television, change habits and implant some type of propaganda.

What if we could use these subliminal messages to change our smoking habits and quit? Many people praise the use of these types of relaxation tapes and messages when used properly.

Create your own inner tapes, which may help people who truly want to quit smoking, with sincere determination but just need special assistance to achieve their goal.

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM founded Homeopathy World Community social network. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Visit her blog or follow Debby on Twitter.

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Hardiyan ~ I skimmed your article and will go back to reread it again. I applaud that you have made a commitment to lose weight for your health. Using smoking as a crutch may help you in the short term, however, in the long term, changing eating patterns and increasing exercise improves lifestyle habits for life. This consciousness must be kept always in your mind as a life choice on a daily basis.

      Personally, I don't buy the research rationalizations that smoking may be good for your health, especially the way tobacco products are manufactured today. They yellow skin, teeth and provide poor odor to body, clothing and room. I have also written a hubpages about oral cancer. It's risky business. I hope in the short run it helps you to reach your goal, then you will have to find other tools and techniques to reduce smoking and keep the weight off.

      Over eating and our other habits come from emotional issues that eventually we must confront and deal with head on. Wishing you all the best and congratulations on joining the Hubpages community. Blessings, Debby

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      7 years ago from Indonesia, The land of Thousands Islands

      when I saw your article, my article is nothing. I also wrote about this issue as my first hub, but from a different perspective. If you have free time I would be very happy if you want to visit on my hub and give any feedback.

      I just joined, after learning how you write articles, give lots of input for me

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Tim ~ I appreciate your thoughtful response and from your personal experience on both sides of the issue. I understand the 'emotional' aspect and the 'physical' dependency to the chemicals. Now, on top of all this we add the marketing, money-making, health related and political aspects of smoking. It couldn't be a more complicated issue for society today. I would like to know how to post a topic to the forum? Maybe I'll copy this and give it a whirl. Be well, Debby

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Fantastic article. First, let me say 'today' I do smoke, yet advocate 'stopping' from smoking. I act consciously where and how I smoke. Enough defense mechanism stuff.

      Smoking is a very powerful topic. Your article does a very good job of getting into the tip of the iceberg. Some interesting studies are the history of cigarettes in advertising (U.S.), hunting down the money trail, and the history of tobacco usage and it as a farming industry.

      Again, I am for the abstinence of smoking for smokers, and not beginning this habit. I do have fears of the laws being considered and created for this purpose. How these statues set as precedent on individual choice vs. societal welfare vs. Government intervention sits uncomfortable with me as an individual, which your article alluded to.

      My article, "Quit Smoking. Mental Health. Marketing. Are They Connected?" touches on the mental health issues surrounding smoking. I wrote it when after a long hiatus as a non-smoker began again (weak willed individual said by many) and became angry and wanted to know more of my personal why.

      I hope this conjures up dialogue with many. How about posting a supporting forum topic for debate? Might be interesting. Again, THANK YOU for a very well researched, thought through, and written hub on this topic.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Beccas90 ~ It takes multitudes of hours to put together hubs with so much information. I really get into it and want it to be complete. When doing research, everything is fascinating and it takes me on a good ride.

      Smoking really does have advocates and opponents. But, I feel deep down that even the advocates wish they could stop smoking and weren't dependent and addicted.

      You've brought up good points. The reasons that people eventually quit are very emotional and life threatening. Whether it be loss of life or loss of loved one or loss of job. There is some loss of self. That is what smoking takes away from the human being.

      The financial cost is not the incentive for some people. You have come to a conclusion with which I agree. Education. And also peer pressure. I feel that we must start young. Because smoking is habit forming and addicting. These habits alleviate stress and other anxieties and can be replacements for other crucial needs.


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      9 years ago from New York

      A dense and informative hub Debby. It's definitely a charged and emotional topic. Most people that smoke quit for health reasons or after a life changing event. Rarely is cost or feeling like a second-class season a stimulus to quit. So the bans - like the high-prices - are unlikely to motivate people to stop smoking. Health education remains the best avenue as that tends to eventually capture smokers with the motivation to quit for good.

      Great job.

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      9 years ago

      Quit smoking, if not for ourselves, do it for the innocent children.


    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hello ecigs4u ~ I hope people will use these Electronic-Cigarettes as a tool to reduce and quit smoking. I suppose everything on earth can be used for beneficial or harmful purposes. Even though they do not have the traditional additives, the thought of inhaling those other chemicals does not sound appetizing nor is it harmless. 

      ". . . electronic cigarettes do not actually burn any tobacco, but rather, when you inhale from an e-cigarette, you activate a "flow censor" which releases a water vapor containing nicotine, propylene glycol, and a scent that simulates the flavor of tobacco. All of which simply means that electronic cigarettes allow you to get your nicotine fix while avoiding all of the cancer causing agents found in traditional cigarettes such as tar, glue, hundreds of additives, and hydrocarbons."

      Nicotine is an addictive harmful substance and propylene glycol is a harmful preservative. When they say "scent" that does not tell you the whole story of the composite chemicals. 

      Thank you so much for visiting this hub and bring the e-cigarettes to Hubbers' attention. 

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hi Dolores ~ I like to think of both sides of the picture. What are the benefits and risks to our actions? How can we improve and make things better in a gentle way? How can we assuage the people's revolt by finding solutions? What ideas can smokers develop in 'group think tanks' to this problem? It sure seems like bars go hand-in-hand with smoking.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Debby, interesting and iformative hub. One of the worst things about banning smoking in bars is that all the smokers stand around outside and throw their cigarette butts all over the sidewalk. Maybe it's a protest.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      I'm not asking the tobacco companies to give away any money. I'm asking them to redirect their focus from one of producing a product that is harmful to health, costs individuals their lives and governments millions/billions in medical care. What could they do? They can create facilities of Health, where people can pay to attend seminars, clinics, rehabiliation. This way the tobacco companies can 'rehabilitate' their own name of purpose on earth.

      Maybe they can do research and development into find ways that tobacoo products can be used as natural pesticides/herbicides. They must think in creative ways that improve the earth.

    • Connie Smith profile image

      Connie Smith 

      10 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Debby, I doubt that the tobacco companies are going to give away all their profits, but still....quite a few years ago, Florida jumped on the "sue the tobacco companies" bandwagon and got $13 Billion. Not one penny of that money went to smokers who want to quit, yet don't have the funds to buy the aids that they need. Sure, many people will say that they could give up the cigarettes and be able to afford them, but I am talking about the poor here. Where is their nicotine patches and gum, their Chantix? That showed me that the tobacco suits were all about putting a bit more money into the general fund.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Excellent comment Connie. Wouldn't it be a real switch if RJReynolds and other cigarette manufacturers took an interest in the health of consumers and REALLY TRULY made amends from the years of causing cancer, emphesema, etc with their medicated, chemically filled smoking products? How could they do that? By changing their product line to something healthful. By really saying, "I'm sorry" does not mean to continue bad behavior. "Turning a New Leaf", you might say.

      How about since they are expert in their product, using that information to create non-addictive programs. Take all the profits and build clinics to help people mend relationships, improve family life, clean up the environment so everyone can fresh air, build summer camps for troubled teens, etc. Wow! There is so much they can do to better the world with their money and start a campaign telling the truth about smoking.

      Instead, they are finding ways to infiltrate the community when times are stressful with chewing tobacco, and nicotine candy. Who knows someone affiliated with the big tobacco companies that could touch their hearts and start some ethical behavior?

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      Connie Smith 

      10 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      While I agree that smoking is harmful, I don't agree with the government's right to issue a broad decree of no smoking in public places that are not government property -- as long as it remains legal to smoke, that is. This issue was sorting itself out with "no smoking" establishments before these type of bans came along. People simply choose -- or not -- to enter those establishments. If enough non-smokers choose not to enter, soon the owners would reconsider. This is definitely big brother to me. Also, if the government really wanted smokers to quit, wouldn't all that tobacco money they got have been put to good use, as in making available the tools to quit smoking free: nicotene patches, gums, Chantix, Zyban....otherwise, just outlaw tobacco altogether and let us all go cold turkey!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hi Tom ~ So nice of you to visit. How have you been lately?

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      Tom rubenoff 

      10 years ago from United States

      Great article, Debbie, sure to spark debate as indeed it already has!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hi hsofyan - you may have to translate your poetry for me. Are you saying from the beginning of time this has been a dilemma? Or from the first time someone lights up?

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      10 years ago from Indonesia

      Problems cigarettes into dilemma, from the first until now

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Dear Mighty Mom with open arms - I am also glad you found this hub. It's not my typical topic, but I was enervated by the controversy and even within myself I cannot exactly draw the line. I would not want to be the little kid stuck in the car full of smoke. Choke-Cough-Cough!

      I have my beef with Big-Pharma, Big-Brother, War-Machines, Drug-Addiction and all the negatives in this world. We have to pick our fights carefully.

      Wishing you peace and harmony in California.

      Little Debby

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      Susan Reid 

      10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      It seems CA is way ahead of other states in this smoking issue. We've had smoke free public places for years. I believe they are trying to make beaches smoke free also.

      It's a thin line between personal choice and responsibility and public protection. As a kid, both my parents smoked filterless Pall Malls. They smoked in the car with us in it. We didn't know about second-hand smoke back then. They didn't know about the toxicity of cigarettes -- or maybe the industry did and hushed it up.

      But now we do know. I can see banning it in public places, but to say you cannot smoke in your own car or your own apartment -- that's a bit too Big Brother for my taste.

      Also agree with Tom's excellent observations about government ineptitude and the pharma industry.

      Great hub! Glad I found it! MM

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      Tom Cornett 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Debby....there is hope. The United States is a wonderful country with many wonderful people.....these people are the hope. We will be in the streets will come......we will triumph again.

      Rome fell....not Italy. :)

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Tom - once again we agree. My webpage is advocacy for those who promote homeopathy. I believe the internet has given the people power to change the world. It's just a matter of uniting and using this means of communication to force government to hear our message. It's happening now in Iran with the protests in the streets. We must not be afraid to stand up for our rights and beliefs. Do not give up hope. The medical system is dying, the education system is failing, the pharmaceutical's underhanded dealings are being uncovered, and politicians are playing politics - but transparency is the word of the day.

      There are ordinary citizens making a difference as we see the systems crumble all around us. Let's hope it is not too late. Be the one who voices his opinion and stands out in a crowd.

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      Tom Cornett 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Debby...I, like you believe there are people who care....they are a thinning line of protection though. Millions of people are losing their homes because our legislators were enjoying perks from loan shark lobbyists.

      Big tobacco is coughing but still laughing all the way to the bank. Our past and current governments have constructed enough nuclear warheads to kill the entire earth. This one bothers me the most.

      The powerful pharmaceutical companies have been given a free reign to manipulate and addict the population to their products. Look in any elderly person's medicine cabinet.

      Incompetence is rampant in local, state and federal government. The system is failing because most of the people who run the system are unqualified and totally selfish.

      Rome is falling again....we let them do it.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Tom - PS. Thank you so much for rating this hub!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Does this mean you will be smoking in your very own apartment, home or car? Well, shiver me timbers.

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      Paper Moon 

      10 years ago from In the clouds

      Damn, I am going to be an outlaw again.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hi Tom - Really appreciate your comments. I do agree that power and money go hand in hand. I'd like to see some positive outcome even if it comes through unethical reality. I have to believe there are people in this world that care about each other.

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      Tom Cornett 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Smoking will soon become a thing of the past. Then...the focus will be on obiese people....then on alcahol.....then on any unhealthy lifestyle. As people progress to living longer...the government will then finally execute a life limit because the healthy populous does not want to support the old and feeble.

      The government could really care less if we all dropped dead tonight. It is about shifting money and power.....nothing more or less.

      The Ohio governor just transferred 600 milion dollars of the smoking tax money to the general fund. This money is supposed to help people quit and curb teen smoking which is a good thing.

      You wrote a good hub here....thanks! :)


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