SOAPBOX: $9 packets will just have people hooked on smoking
HOW dare cigarette companies even contemplate selling cut-price smokes in an attempt to bolster their dwindling sales?
How dare they make no apologies for the fact they are blatantly trying to increase their profits?
How dare they still refuse to acknowledge the link between their product and horrible illnesses such as lung cancer?
Because that is what they are trying to do with their new plan to sell $9 packs of cigarettes: get more people hooked on nicotine.
They want to write death sentences for more young people with their whole lives ahead of them.
I don't care that some people will get upset and say, "It's our right to smoke". You also have the right to put a gun to your head and pull the trigger but if I knew you were going to do it, I would try to stop you, because you're a human being whose life is precious.
I stopped smoking about seven years ago. I now live every day in fear that I may have left it too late.
I am terrified that one day, my doctor will look me in the eye and say, "Damian, you have lung cancer".
My grandmother died a slow, horrible death from emphysema.
After smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for most of her life, this feisty, intelligent, vibrant woman spent her final years confined to bed, hooked up to an oxygen bottle.
I would have given anything to have more time with that wonderful woman but her addiction killed her.
Yet cigarette companies tell me there's nothing wrong with deliberately getting people hooked on their drugs.
How dare they?