June
7
Hannah Plunkett from Niagara Falls at the New York State Capitol to discuss tobacco control.

By Jessica Amico, a guest blogger and concerned citizen 

A world with no tobacco would give more room for other things. More money on vacations and less on medical expenses. More time with the people we love and less time leaving them for a smoke break.

In a tobacco-free world, the labels “smoker” and “non-smoker” would vanish and create a more cohesive society. Retiring those labels would showcase more prominent identities: mother, reader, baseball player, activist. The commonalities that we share would bring more meaningful friendships and bonds.

 

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Put on your tobacco-free glasses and take a stroll down the street. Breathe in the difference. Are more people jogging? Are more children playing, laughing and making memories because less of them are suffering from asthma? Is the grass greener without the sprinkle of cigarette butts? Are people friendlier, less irritated and less likely to avoid walking near someone lighting a cigarette?

A tobacco-less world creates empowered people who make their decisions based on what they want from life as opposed to what their body needs from an addiction. 

If tobacco weren’t an option, there would be less peer pressure for children in schools. They would find other things to occupy their time and be less distracted in classes.

Yes, our world would still have issues to overcome outside of tobacco, but in a world where people have been chewing and smoking tobacco for nearly 2000 years, how would one know what problems it could potentially solve? There would be more generosity and less economic distress. “I am  going to use this money to buy cigarettes” would no longer be an excuse to not help out a fellow citizen.

Isn’t it ironic that the same place you pick up a prescription to feel better also sells an addictive substance that has the reverse effect?

In a world with no tobacco, we would all have an easier time coping with the hard times in life because instead of using tobacco to relax, we could have a conversation or find another way to sort through our thoughts and catch a break.

 

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There would be less,  “If only they didn’t smoke so many cigarettes, they might still be here.” Most people are concerned about why there isn’t a way to prevent cancer: a world with no tobacco would inherently be a way to slow and ultimately  prevent cancer.

A no tobacco world means less wasted time, money and good health. A world with no tobacco creates more life and less struggle: mentally, socially, and physically.

What does a world with no tobacco mean to you?

 

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Jessica Amico is an intern for Tobacco-Free Western New York. She recently graduated from Drexel University with a degree in marketing and management. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, playing kickball, and choreographing dances with her sister. She uses coffee and tacos to fuel her everyday life.