Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tobacco, a big problem?

The topic that I am discussing this week may seem to be one of legislative issues, but it affects many individuals health in Europe. There is going to be an anti-tobacco law against mainly flavored cigarettes, according to the members of the European parliament. The actual banning of menthol is not passed, nor have they banned slim cigarettes which are said to be aimed toward a younger age group. The flavored cigarettes and according to the video in my article are going to be banned. The MEP (Member of European parliament) Ms. Mcavan did make this statement “But cigarette packaging made to look like lipstick or perfume containers - attractive to girls - will disappear, she noted.” They are also taking more extreme measures such as having tobacco companies label the majority of their cigarette packages with health labels rather than logos.  The EU is also banning the sale of 10 packs which are said to attract younger users.

         How does this pertain to health? Much money goes into the care of individuals due to illnesses caused by smoking. According to the article, “The costs for healthcare in the EU are estimated to be at least 25.3bn euros (£20.6bn; $33.4bn) annually.” (BBC). The amount of money spent on healthcare is great and this is a problem. Because the article also states that, 700,000 people a year die from smoking related illnesses (BBCThe death tolls and health costs combined cost a good chunk of money; the problem here is the advertisement of something that is detrimental to the health of not only Europeans, but people in many other continents. The relation I found to sociology here is that smoking cigarettes is a huge social problem, because it costs lives and health, affects a large group of people, 700,000 people in Europe alone. However, there is progress in Europe and hopefully other nations will follow. Not having to spend money on the aftercare of smoking caused illnesses will allow it to be invested to improve the lives of others whose sicknesses are not due to tobacco.

10/10/2013 11:21 PM 

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