SmokeForWhat logo "quit smoking interactive site" Home | About Us | FAQ | Contact Us

Ways for Governments to Help Their Citizens to Quit Smoking

It is almost impossible for any country to ban cigarette smoking completely due to the existing addiction and high revenue collection through tax. If the law were to be imposed, there would probably be rioting and some deadly addicts might even collapse; moreover, it would be too great a loss of income to develop the country.

There are however many ways for governments to help their citizens to quit smoking:
  • Increase tax
    Increment in tax would force cigarette companies to increase the selling price of the cigarettes as well. Therefore, it will help to reduce the number of cigarette consumption. Moreover, it will increase the revenue of the country as well.
  • Increase legal age for smoking
    The youths are easier to be influenced in the wrong way. Therefore, it is important to house them away from the bad influence while they are still immature to think. This will prevent more people from taking up the bad habit from young.
  • Raise penalties
    Many countries have imposed laws, such as banning of underage people from smoking and banning of smoking in prohibited places. Many smokers, however, are not intimated by the existing punishments, and therefore they decide to try their luck. If penalties are increased, fewer smokers would try to take on the laws.
  • Enforce laws
    Governments have imposed laws but it is difficult to maintain the laws. Many smokers continue to smoke in public toilets and even schools because they know it is difficult to be caught. Another issue governments are concern about is regarding contraband cigarette. An example can be found in Asiaone.com.
  • Restrict smoking areas
    By restricting places which smokers can smoke at, it does not only help to prevent them from smoking more since it takes more efforts in order to smoke, but also ensure that the non-smokers will not be badly affected. Some smokers may be against this idea and feel unfair to them, however, this group of people are in fact selfish, for they rather put their happiness in others’ discomfort and health risk.
  • Restrict legal age of purchasing cigarette
    Smokers may ask young people to purchase cigarette for them. It happens often to parents who smoke, for the sake of convenience’s sake, asking their young children to buy cigarette for them. By getting cigarettes at young age, it will give this group of young people wrong impression.
  • Random check on cigarette sellers
    Businessmen are often strike by their greed and they sell cigarette to underage people, thinking that it is difficult for the government to catch them. Some sellers are lazy to make their buyers to produce their identification cards to verify their ages. The government can get underage people to pretend purchasing cigarette in order to catch those unlawful businessmen. This will reduce the problem with underage smoking since it is harder for the young people to purchase cigarette.
  • Ban smoking advertisements
    Advertisements for cigarette companies should be banned in order not to give the citizens a wrong impression that smoking is cool or hot. Advertising may come in the form of television advertisement, sponsorship or even cigarette model.
  • Graphics and warning on cigarette packets
    Visual aid on the packaging of cigarette can help to remind smokers that smoking is bad for health. Photos of damaged lungs and yellowish teeth are good.
  • Educate the citizens
    Public education is one of the most effective methods against smoking. Prevent is always better than cure. As many youngsters are rebellious, all sorts of law enforcements are useless to them. By teaching them about how to cherish their health, it can be more effective than forcing them to quit smoking.



You may also be interested in:
- Singapore's National Environment Agency Responded Fast to Feedback
- High Rise Flat Littering of Cigarette Butts
- Smoking in Corridor



Share |
If you have anything suitable to add to the contents above, feel free to contact us.

Join us in Facebook

Newsletter

Get free updates from us and also learn how you can help to encourage smokers to stop smoking.



Recommend Us

Get non-smokers to come in to encourage smokers to quit smoking; and get smokers to come in to feel and learn how to quit smoking.

Use your outlook instead?

Be an Ambassador!

You can be a hero to encourage smokers to quit smoking. Simply place the Anti-smoking logo on your website/blog.
Copy and paste the following code to your site:

more pictures and textlinks

Poll

Why do you start smoking?

Quit Smoking Game

Smoke Slayer Game Start playing the Smoke Slayer Flash shooting game to vent your angry and release stress instead of taking a puff!

Our Affiliates

Life is so Beautiful Life is so Beautiful
- the Research of our Beautiful World

Site Stats

Articles / Stories about Smoking

- Singapore's National Environment Agency Responded Fast to Feedback
- My Ex Girlfriend is a Smoker
- High Rise Flat Littering of Cigarette Butts
- Ways for Governments to Help Their Citizens to Quit Smoking
- Smoking in Corridor
- Quit Smoking Success Story by Bruce Martin
- Teenage and Underage Smoking
- Quit Smoking Success Story by Jeremie Moraga

Have a story to tell everyone? Email us now!

Sitemap

The Site
  • About Us
  • About the Author
  • FAQ
  • Supporters
  • Credits
  • Facebook Fan Page
  • Consultation
  • What's in a Cigarette
  • Why Quit Smoking?
  • Benefits of Quitting Smoking
  • Effects of Smoking
  • Third Hand Smoke
  • Dictionary of Smoking
  • Prescription
  • Ways to Quit Smoking
  • Natural Ways to Quit Smoking
  • Managing Cravings
  • Quit Smoking Withdrawal
  • Help Someone Quit Smoking
  • Quit Smoking Support
  • Apparatus
  • Smoke Slayer (game)
  • Quit Smoking Calculator
  • Quit Smoking Contract
  • Quit Smoking Checklist
  • Quit Smoking Readiness Quiz
  • Supplement
  • No Smoking Signs
  • Anti-Smoking Videos
  • Quit Smoking Jokes
  • No Smoking Quotes
  • No Smoking Slogans
  • Quit Smoking in Different Languages
  • Volunteer!