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#61 Old 02-09-2008, 06:37 AM
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Why do you think so many people drive?

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And why do you think that is?



Because more people are addicted to driving than drugs.



Because our society revolves around the automobile.



Because gas taxes bring in greater revenues than cigarette taxes.



Because no one wants to admit that their behavior might be the problem when they can blame it something else.
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It's risk vs. reward. If smoking a cigarette allowed you to get from point a to point b at a rate of 80 miles per hour while staying out of the elements and cars weren't available to do the same job, many more people would smoke.



Currently the rewards from smoking are a hacking couch, a reduction in savings, and a social stigmitization.
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If smoking a cigarette allowed you to get from point a to point b at a rate of 80 miles per hour while staying out of the elements and cars weren't available to do the same job, many more people would smoke.



Good Point.
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It's risk vs. reward. If smoking a cigarette allowed you to get from point a to point b at a rate of 80 miles per hour while staying out of the elements and cars weren't available to do the same job, many more people would smoke.

Yes. And if the difference between people's attitudes to smoking and to driving is based on the difference in risk/reward, is there something problematic there?

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Not to me. Seems sensible.



That said, car exhausts are toxic - much more so than cigarette smoke at close range. I'm imagining a restaurant with a smoking section and a car exhaust section. I know which one I'm choosing. Granted it's not real life - but I thought I'd throw it out there.
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Yes. And if the difference between people's attitudes to smoking and to driving is based on the difference in risk/reward, is there something problematic there?



What are you getting at? Just spit out what you want to say.
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What are you getting at? Just spit out what you want to say.

That I don't understand what you are getting at by comparing smoking and driving. To me, they're different issues.

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That I don't understand what you are getting at by comparing smoking and driving. To me, they're different issues.



They might be different issues to you, but to an insurance provider they are the same thing - a risk factor. Unfortunately we have yet to address the externality represented by our automobile based culture. It not only causes similar problems as smoking but has exacerbated the obesity problem as well.



I think the connection between health, smoking, automobiles, and insurance should be obvious.
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