WHAT TO MAKE of people continuing to shortchange their future in the face of irrefutable evidence? We at The News wish we had a clue.
Our best guess makes us sad about the human condition. A segment of the population, it seems, is steadfast in poor decision-making. It starts smoking to fit in with peers, perhaps, or stake a claim to rebellion. Addiction sets the hook. Then it kills.
The obvious course of action is continued education of our children. Those who present evidence of smoking’s dire effects can hardly be accused of being alarmist. Facts are facts. And maybe, one day, an entire new generation of people faced with those facts will make a better choice.
As it stands today, smokers can mark 50 years of not being able to say they didn’t know better.