I rarely watched the news, I’m not up on politics nor do I care about it much. If you’re a regular, you must have noticed, not many political posts here, if any. I don’t read the newspaper either. I get the news while driving, and since I don’t drive everyday, well… you get the picture.
Last night before going to bed, I saw on the news that our lovely government had a new law coming in effect that day (May 31st): The Tobacco Act. Imagine this, we, in Québec, now have a law OBLIGING retailers to HIDE their cigarettes from customers. Yes, you read that correctly, the cigarettes have to be hidden! Only the store clerk can see them. I just can’t believe it. How ridiculous is this?
I’m not even thinking about the rights of the smokers and all that, I’m simply thinking that it is SAD that a society needs such laws. I’ve always thought that we suffer a lot from the lack of personal accountability, or the “mama bird syndrome” as we like to call it. What do I mean by that? Mama Bird goes out and gets food for her babies. Not only does she catch it but she also eats it and regurgitates into the babies’ mouths. Not only the little ones don’t have to think about getting food or how to do it, but they get fed at home… all they have to do is swallow! That’s how we are. We don’t think for ourselves anymore, we’re no longer responsible of our actions or lack there of… We just expect society to take care of us.
Why is it that we are at a point in time when basically must have our government think for us? Why can’t we assume the fact that if we do something there are consequences for that action? If you smoke, it’s your choice. You should be aware enough (I didn’t use the word “intelligent” here, because that would be assuming a lot) that there might be some consequences to that action. It’s not like it’s not publicize enough that smoking causes lung cancer. If you choose to ignore that, for whatever reason, that’s your choice. You also then forfeit your right to complain.
Is the government thinking that by hiding the cigarettes people will forget to smoke? Or that being hidden those little coffin nails it will not incite kids to pick up the habit? We, as humans, have been smoking for ages. It’s not by creating such a law that it will keep people who truly want to smoke to do so. It’s a choice people make.
What’s next, the stores will have to hide all cakes and items containing cholesterol, in order to “help” people with weight/health issues? I just can’t get over how ridiculous this is… Is it just me…?