Almuñécar Studies No Smoking

Almuñécar Town Hall says that it is studying a proposal made by the AECC (cancer association) to ban smoking in public buildings.

ALM AECC Meeting with Town HallSeveral councillors met with representatives of the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) to “develop accords and local bylaws which would continue to advance in heightening awareness and improving a municipality without tobacco smoke.”

The Councillor for Social Services & Health, María del Carmen Reinoso, after meeting with the Provincial Coordinator for AECC, Antonio Gómez, and the Chairwoman of the AECCC in Almuñécar, said, “now it’s time to analyse, one by one, the municipal installations (sports, cultural and health) in order for them to be included in the smoke-free list.”

Sr. Antonio Gómez, proposed a prevention campaign along the lines of the smoking prevention already in place, which permits smoking in outside spaces. However, the AECC wants municipal authorities to act against smoking in outside spaces because it gives a bad example to minors.

Editorial comment: firstly, I don’t smoke – I have during my life but haven’t since 2014. However, every time they bring out more restrictions on smoking or more ‘obligatory embellishment’ on cigarette packets I come to the same conclusion: if it’s bad, ban smoking completely, as is the case with certain drugs. The reason that the Government does not has nothing to do with people’s health, but purely because of the massive income it gets from taxing tobacco products is more important.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  2 comments for “Almuñécar Studies No Smoking

  1. Jeremy
    May 16, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Your comparison with certain drugs is apt. Banning them (drugs or tobacco) makes a few individuals very rich via the illicit supply of said items. Unlike certain drugs, tobacco would remain legal in many jurisdictions. The state still has to pick up the pieces from the addicts (drug or tobacco). It may as well have the revenue to defray some of the cost while trying to minimize the damage.

  2. Paul Craddock
    May 16, 2022 at 7:34 am

    As with most things, ‘follow the money’. Governments tread a careful line between raising tax revenue, health and not upsetting the population. It was said that, during the second world war that cigarette drops were more important to the troops (both sides) than ammo and if they did not get their fix they would likely surrender as they would get supplies from the red Cross!

    As part of my UK law degree I did an analysis of the government tax revenue on tobacco. When the amount raised, adjusted for inflation, was studied the reduction of smokers and smoking by those who still smoked was compared with the steadily increasing in tax it was found that the Inland Revenue’s take remained the same.

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