Letter to the editor I wrote last year. This was published in the ‘Comment’ section of The Age- October 12, 2015
Some background context – There was another letter sent by someone else blaming our past for glorifying smoking. This is in response to it.
I saw a woman aged no more than 30 outside South Yarra railway station blow the kindness and generosity of others on a packet of cigarettes. Television ads show graphic images of the effects of smoking, such as tar-infected lungs. Cigarette packets also add to this with gruesome images of cancer and death. Smokers are shied away from and treated as outcasts. And with the price of cigarettes higher than ever, why do our youth still take up smoking? We must stop looking at our past glorification of smoking (Letters, 9/10), a slow suicide, and develop more effective ways of discouragement and help people to quit.
Jason Li MHS 11N