Let’s shun mo­bile ad­dicts

The Queensland Times - - NEWS | OPINION - ED­I­TO­RIAL AN­DREW KORNER an­drew.korner@qt.com.au

IN THESE en­light­ened times I sup­pose the nor­mal thing to do is ap­plaud any move to dis­cour­age smok­ing.

Ip­swich City Coun­cil this week ad­vised that no-smok­ing signs are about to go up at sport­ing grounds across the city, as a re­sult of the on­go­ing phas­ing out of smok­ing in pub­lic places.

Pretty soon there will be vir­tu­ally nowhere you can smoke, ac­cept maybe for a spe­cially made air proof co­coon.

I know some peo­ple are picky about smok­ing. I’m not so both­ered, and never have been. There are worse things in the world.

Some of the blokes I grew up play­ing soc­cer with loved a darb in the dress­ing sheds at half-time. They may have been in­hal­ing them­selves into an early grave, but at least they had some char­ac­ter.

Com­pare the act of smok­ing to the act of sit­ting there with your mind buried in a mo­bile phone screen, com­pletely ig­nor­ing ev­ery­one around you. I know who I’d rather hang around with.

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