Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The price of smoking in Denmark

It seems Denmark has a problem with smoking... this country has one of the highest cancer mortality rates due to its high number of smokers according to the Copenhagen Post.

A whooping 24% of the population smokes. One doctor states, "It doesn't seem as if the warnings against smoking have gotten through to Danes." Well, duh.

I have a reputation for being the worst kind of ex-smoker amongst my co-workers and friends in Denmark--the reformed ex-smoker. But this country is obviously out of control with its attitudes on smoking. I walked past a cafe the other day with two parents nonchalenantly blowing smoke at their six month old baby. They have every right to smoke, and to pass on their second hand smoke to an innocent child. No wonder Denmark's mortality rate from cancer is by far the highest in western Europe.

It's also nice to know that my 50% in taxes goes to pay for people too stupid to read the warnings on that cheap pack of cigarettes they buy.

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