Letter: Smoke signals

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The conclusion to your leading article (7 July) that "people have a right to go to hell their own way" is disingenuous about smoking.

Most smokers start in their early teens before they are old enough to be aware of the consequences. They then pursue a deadly habit which they are unable to stop because of the addictive effect of nicotine. There is no true choice where there is addiction.

After two years of the present government, no restriction on the advertising of tobacco has actually taken place. Children are still lured into the habit by every ploy of the tobacco companies from snooker sponsorship to advertisements in your own paper. You, your colleagues and the Government continue to pave the road to hell.

PETER DAVIES

Consultant Chest Physician

University Hospital Aintree

Liverpool

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