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September 24, 2012 LEADING Australian tobacco expert Dr Nigel Gray once observed: “The single reason for the dominance of the tobacco problem is that someone is selling it, whereas no one is selling diphtheria or tuberculosis.” We all know tobacco kills many Australians - far more than illicit drugs, traffic deaths, homicides, suicides, fires, other injuries, and alcohol put together. We know that it maims people, who may not die, but endure daily blindness, amputated limbs due to gangrene, emphysema, cancers, infertility, impotence, heart conditions, bad teeth, gastric ulcers, osteoporosis, fractures, sleep disturbances, diabetes, asthma or pain. Smoking is either linked to or aggravates all of these conditions in some way. Smoking is a paediatric disease. It is taken up by children, they become addicted and find it hard to quit as adults. Adults rarely start smoking. Smoking is therefore not a “choice”, it is an addiction acquired when the developing brain is unable to properly understand those “choices”.
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