Saturday, September 02, 2006

Cigarettes: Now More Addictive than Ever!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has discovered that cigarettes are more addictive than ever. The MA DPH study found "that tobacco companies increased levels of nicotine in most cigarette brands by an average of 10 percent between 1998 and 2004."

There might not be the political willpower to make cigarettes illegal, but it need not come to that. Amos Hausner, chairmen of the Israel Council for the Prevention of Smoking, is recommending that nicotine be removed from cigarettes entirely. Sounds like a good idea to put into play in this country as well.

And then, of course, there's always the brute force solution. Throw enough money at the problem and maybe it will go away. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg, but I think that Chairman Hausner's plan, if implemented, would have much greater staying power.

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