A colleague has been smoking since he was 18 or 19 - some start even younger. He is finding it difficult to kick the habit. Addiction is a tricky thing. Many know the hazards of smoking and yet...
Over here, smoking is not permitted in most public places. Clubs and drinking holes are exempted, of course, and restaurants still permit it in designated zones. I wonder if people are required to get a permit for smoking, would there be less smokers?
That's what UK is proposing: £10 government permit plan to deter smokers.
"Suppose every individual who wanted to buy tobacco had to purchase a permit. And suppose further they had to do this every year. To get a permit would involve filling out a form and supplying a photograph, as well as paying the fee. Permits would only be issued to those over 18 and evidence of age would have to be provided."