Friday, February 08, 2008

Mike Bloomberg is a Hero, Passionate About Preventive Health

NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg Launches Worldwide Non-Smoking Plan

5 comments:

Sam said...

I know that more people not smoking is a great thing, but isn't there something to be said about the government continuously cracking down on us, constantly creating more and more strict and stringent laws so that we the people have less of a choice? I agree that the less people smoking the better, but could this action not lead to others that may not be so positive?

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sketchgrrl said...

In response to Sam, I would say that we need to concern ourselves with what is, and not fear what might ever be. How can it be bad to prevent companies from selling harmful things to people?

Sam said...

Preventing people from using harmful substances is a great thing, but I see acts like this as possible stepping stones for things like internet regulation, more government control over our lives. I believe in a free market economy where the American citizen has the choice of what to do with their lives. By all means, I'm strictly against smoking in all forms, and even drinking alcohol for that matter, but I think American citizens should have the right to free choice and responsibility. If someone else makes a poor choice, then it is their right of freedom to do so. Unfortunately, no one follows the constitution anymore. I think you have great beliefs, and I respect them. But, at the same time I think that the government needs to get out of our lives. Government with extended power is a very dangerous thing. I would check out sites like Mises.org and take a look at a free market society, it’s a great thing. Like I said before though, as far as health goes, I think you’re spot on.

sketchgrrl said...

Sam, we need to consider children, who don't know about harmful ingredients in food. Think about all of the children whose parents take them to fast food restaurants! Without laws like this, the children are being harmed. In addition, not all adults are aware of harmful ingredients in food. They are too busy taking care of day to day issues to read up on all the details; and there are also adults out there who lack the intelligence or education to delve into food ingredients in restaurants.

Sam said...

You're completely right! I know, it's a dangerous world we live in! I think that it's our job and responsibilty to help educate people into making informed decisions. I am a firm believer in grass roots efforts, though I understand where you are coming from and the position you take. Speaking of children, one of the grassroots ways that I inform kids is by going around to different high schools and speaking about the benefits of a healthy raw vegan diet and the many ways that it can benifit humanity. It's amazing to see how so many kids understand a simple common sense position that I take. Very inspiring.