“That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack... I advise people to try to avoid being around smoking any way they can,” advises Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.
But the non-smoker is subjected repeatedly to secondhand smoke because no current laws are enforced to prevent this insult. The smoker not only demonstrates disrespect for others, but also to our environment. This is evidenced by the amount of discarded butts.
Those who practice a holistic approach of preventative care reduce the cost of health care. Perhaps denial of medical coverage, for the diseases related to smoking, would give smokers the incentive to kick the habit.
It is time for change. It is time for tough love!