ANSWERS: 29
  • The only way to curb smoking is hitting them in the wallet or purse.If smokes were $20-50 a pack people would be quitting in droves.
  • It's not about making them want to quit, it's about making it harder for them to get unhealthy and cost the government billions of dollars it could well be keeping. Oh, and the country might be better off if everyone's healthy, something like that.
  • No. If people want to stop smoking they will because they want to themselves, not because the government says they have to.
  • Oh gosh i hope it makes more people quit! I strongly dislike smoking. ewwwww
  • Alot of people quit everyday for many reasons. But if you hit them in the wallets then crime may go up so they can get them.
  • No. In fact, it makes me want to smoke more. The minute anyone starts in trying to lecture me or pressure me by way of bans or ridiculous tax increases, it makes me want to light one up. It's really a bitch given the fact that I have decided to quit sometime in the near future and all these jackwads keep making me want to smoke more by telling me that they should have a say in my (and everyone else's) personal decisions.
  • I believe that it does.
  • It didn't for me. I quit years ago, not for health or any other reason. Just the fact that it was too expensive.
  • No, I don't think bans on smoking make more people want to quit. I've never been a smoker but I can say for sure that if I want to do something I do it. Banning it has no impact -- as a corrolary, look at marijuana. Banning it has not stopped anything - and in fact, has caused violence in trafficking. As an alternative, people suggest that taxing cigarettes is a solution but it has little to do with the impact that smoking has on the health system or citizen's at large -- and little to do with "curing" the problem. Smokers are simply a convenient group to pick on and bilk for money. The taxing of cigarettes is absurd. If people want to do self destructive things they should be allowed to. Or else we should tax all self destructive things equally, e.g. alcohol, junk food, etc.
  • No, i think its going to just piss them off =X
  • I think it would just make people try to find other places to smoke whenever they can.
  • It took getting a chronic migraine problem to get me to quit when I was in college. Cigarettes were a lot cheaper, then. I don't think bans will really get people to quit if they don't want to. They'll just find other places to smoke. However, I think the continued rising cost of smoking will get more people to quit. I actually work with some people that recently quit specifically because they were getting so expensive.
  • It is best for the whole populace if people were forced to quit. I mean the initial withdrawals would be bad, but the effects of smokers blowing the poison all over other people far outweighs the bad consequences that the people who smoke choose to do to themselves, although trying to quit. I am an ex smoker, and smoked for ten years. I quit when I was 21. My grandfather just decided to quit one day. He did, and didn't ever do it again. So did my ex-wife, although she smokes again. It is a great idea, banning blowing poison over people who don't want it.
  • I quit 8 years ago, but it wasn't any one thing that lead me there, it was a compalation of things. One of those things was the continual banning of where I could smoke. First it was the airports, then bars, and finally, all public buildings. It was becomming such a hassle to smoke, that it became one of the many things that lead me to quit.
  • No, making it so damn expensive works wonders. With that said though, I still think it's criminal to do that.
  • No, I doubt it. But it does make things earies for people who wanted to quit for other reasons.
  • Nope. When I was a smoker, every time I saw an add about how bad smoking was, it just made me want to light up even more. I had to choose to quit for myself. Everyone that told me to stop, just made me want another cigarette. +5
  • Nope...any ban on anything makes me want to do it more.
  • Nope! as a smoker it just makes me angry...the freedom of choice is so important...a place for smokers and a place for non-smokers
  • Smoking bans have been shown to increase solidarity among smokers because they identify as an "outgroup" and form new bonds and resolve to continue enjoying their hobby as a result.
  • no...it just pisses me off. Everytime i see a smoking commerical about how "bad" they are for you, i go to light up a smoke. It's not doing anything except for making me want to do it more!
  • I would think bans MIGHT stop people from starting, but it takes real commitment to actually quit tobacco. My dad never did successfully quit. And his slavery to the plant kept me from ever trying it.
  • Yes I think bans are effective for people to quit smoking..
  • hasnt stopped me
  • I think it may deter some people, but overall, if you are addicted to something, most people will not let a law get in the way. Prohibition did deter some people from drinking, but not many.
  • I think its unfair but I quit anyways. Smokers are getting bullied and its not right.
  • have dui laws and underage drinking laws and bans made people quit? taking and buying prescription drugs? has pornography bans and laws stopped anybody ?
  • Yes, I think smokers are aware of it being considered an anti-social habit and of the number of people who disapprove of it. I think the general change in attitudes to smoking, from acceptable to unacceptable, of which the smoking ban is a part, makes people want to quit. Of course, some smokers just become more militant and more for smokers rights. But the vast majority of smokers I know are only smokers because they struggle to quit. Most smokers I have known have now quit, including some pretty committed ones. As a non-smoker, I am extremely grateful for the smoking ban.
  • No. It just makes us frustrated and angry.

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