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No such thing as a free lunch


fourm member

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As the saying goes.

The Scottish government has published its tobacco control strategy for the next 20 years. It's called Creating a Tobacco-free Generation.

Chapter 2 says 'we have defined ‘tobacco-free’ as a smoking prevalence among the adult population of 5% or lower'.

Since when did governments determine the meaning of words?

The UN estimates that 5% of the world's population uses illegal drugs. Does that mean we have a drug-free world?

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spider9

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fourm member

Apologies if I am missing part of your point.

If a covention aims for, say, drug-free, then as anyone knows the aim is never likely to be met (in reality) and so an acceptable level must be chosen to satisfy an outcome.

I am not saying 5% is it, merely that some figure needs to be accepted since zero is not really in the realms of possibility. Thus returning to my view that as long as the amount is clearly stated then at least that's an aim and the use of 'free' (as defined beforehand)in the context should be okay?

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carver

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Quickbeam a café could do that and say that the food is free and all you are paying is the cost of preparing it, you would have to be quick though as it wouldn't be in business long.

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fourm member

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spider9

'in reality'

Unfortunately, a lot of people don't understand reality. There are plenty of people who genuinely believe that, if only you lock enough people up and (in some countries) execute enough of them, you can create a truly drug-free world.

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spider9

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fourm member

Completely agree - just grateful that Scotland isn't proposing executing all smokers!!

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