Mindful behavior … Stop smoking
I believe that great information makes us think – hopefully starts a conversation as well as makes us take positive action. We have all heard about the current political noise going on in California and possibly other states concerning taxing cigarettes; a move that Washington State decided was a good idea deciding folks must pay both the cigarette tax and the use tax, which goes directly to the Department of Revenue. The art of Mindful behavior takes some a mere moment while others a few hundred tries but … it can be done.
As a parent and an ex-smoker (cold turkey) for well over 15yrs, the idea of taxing cigarettes is a good idea though no revenue will benefit the state itself, it will help others in the different ways the act of smoking affects our lives. It took becoming a parent to stop along with an increase in allergies and asthmatic symptoms. My mindful behavior, and the love of my kids not to mention a long family history of asthma helped so much. Mindful behavior has a whole lot of angles … by definition or what society thinks of when contemplating the word “behavior” is a need for guidance or in its totality has to do with the quality of awareness that a person brings to everyday living; learning to control your mind, rather than letting your mind control you. However, being mindful in this case includes actions that can be stopped, controlled, or at least altered if you make lifestyle change, reduce stress with exercises, and or find other things to do.
California and other states can or should at least explore subscribing to a Tobacco Tax; the increases can offer win-win-win solutions, especially as they face a severe fiscal crisis and work to balance budgets while preserving essential public services.
In 2009, Orzechowski and Walker, an economic consulting firm said …
$1,712 is the average amount a pack-a-day smoker in the US spends annually
What can $1,712 buy?
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