It may not be in their best interest but what's it to you?
Spark wrote:1. how the fuck is it in anyone's best interest to die of heart disease/lung cancer...
It's their life to live, not yours. You want to educate them? Fine. Anything beyond that and you're fucking with peoples liberty.
It doesn't effect the quality of your hospital system. Hell, they bring the cost of your health care down for you because they actually use it.2. do you realise how much of the hospital system is chewed up by guys with smoking-related or lifestyle-related diseases like heart disease? a fuckload, and especially when hospital funding/capacity is a serious issue then the principle of prevention > cure should ALWAYS apply. If there is a way to stop people becoming fat then have at it. that's how it affects me, it affects the quality of my hospital system, and it affects the quality/productivity of the businesses in my country making them less competitive because you can't fucking work if you can't climb the stairs without running out of breath.
Yes, you advocated controlling their life and banning fatty food and cigarettes. F off.3. did i ever say we should FORCE people to not become fat, to not smoke and eat fast food? did you not read my post at the top of this page when i pretty explicitly stated that taxing fast food was a stupid idea? i only took objection with your pure-ideological standpoint that government shouldn't do anything to discourage bad lifestyle choices. that does not mean, as you seem to think it means, taxing the shit out of everything and government coercion.
but of course, this all depends on the assumption that becoming morbidly obese and smoking a pack a day for two decades is not healthy...