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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What is more important To Jamaicans? Smoking ban or Crime Rate?

I was recently having a conversation with a young socialite who informed me that a revolution is pending in Jamaica after he heard about the bill being tabled to fine people for smoking in public. He claims that the Jamaican parliament should instead script a bill that shuts down Carearras than targets the lifestyle choices of people, he was clearing missing the point that the health defects from smoking cigarettes was weighing heavily on the already fragile health sector and debt ridden economy of Jamaica. Where does our priorities lie? Here is a young man who is ready to defend his right for he and his friends to puff their cannabis in a enclosed club area, suffocating and asphyxiating all who are around them. I sat and think about what does this say about where our country is heading when i do not see people gathering arms for when our children or murdered and other injustices are meted out to our people. Where are we heading as a country when everyone is concentrating on trivial issues and failing to see or ignoring the bigger picture that we have looming in Jamaica. What does it say about the perspectives of our people? We are more concerned about individualistic satisfaction than the effect that many behaviours impact on others. I have been in public transportations and other commutters puffing ganja smoke with little regard for the passengers. I have seen altercations where a smoker was offended by a next passenger asking him to snub his light out because she could not tolerate the smoke. The offender did not ask the woman if she had a respiratory problem such as asthma or other bronchiole condition why she could not tolerate the smoking but proceeded to hurl profanities at the requester about if she what she should do if she does not like his puffing… I have been in clubs where people smoke and expire the exhalations into your face and are affronted if you ask them not to. This should encourage people to be mindful of how your behaviour affects others. Many people use smoking as a past time, some as a religious ritual and many as a panacea for stres Read more: http://healthmad.com/health/what-do-people-really-prioritize-in-jamaica/#ixzz2Y0N5wl7e

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