by Duluth News Tribune
September 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota health advocates are proclaiming the law that banned smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces an “overwhelming success” on its fifth anniversary today.
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According to a recent study, medical costs associated with preventable obesity and related diseases will increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year by 2030. The loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually by 2030. Current estimates of the medical costs of treating obesity range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.
The war on smokers is over and has been for a long time, even if the porky hypocrites at the News Tribune didn’t notice. You folks might want to waddle away from the table a little earlier at mealtime. Fat people are in the crosshairs now and the rest of us aren’t going to continue paying more for healthcare because you can’t control yourselves. It’s your turn. Enjoy.
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Everything not mandated is prohibited.
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How many $billions in health care cost does nose picking cause? I suggest a $200 fine/pick.
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Thank you Minnesota. It was about time, and I enjoy going out again. Now get the butts off the beaches.
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wow ,5 years has gone by fast, I have got to say it has helped our bank account, now that we do not visit any bars or resturaunts anymore, other than fast food.
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Pat Mckone says 156 million is spent on tobacco ads. Where are they? They can’t have billboards, tv, magazines, radio ads. I think Pat comes up with her numbers in her own mind. People that quit smoking gain weight……. therefore all the health police have done is traded one no/no for a worse no/no.
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Since second hand tobacco is/was considered such a health problem, now that we’ve banned smoking just about everywhere, I would guess that as a group Duluthians should be a much healthier group than we were 5 years ago…..right ?
If so, great, if not, perhaps we were sold a bill of goods.
I personally don’t think second hand smoke even comes close to our one of our largest health problems in this city or anywhere else for that matter. Lack of general excercise, to much passive entertainment (TV/Video Games), eating to much of all the wrong foods, obesity, to much stress in our lives, alcohol abuse etc…. I would think all of these plus many other things are responsible for the majority of our health problems.
So, anyone care to guess which one of these will be demonized next when the smoking/tobacco thing is all played out ? And you thought just because you didn’t smoke you were safe
Whatever your “vice” is….and we all have them in one form or another, they will be coming after you very soon !
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