Saturday, August 15, 2009

Unintentionally Funny Paragraph

On a recently-passed smoking ban in Iraq, from this week's Economist:
As soon as parliament ratifies the cabinet-imposed ban, Iraqi smokers will be forced to loiter on street corners exposed to car bombs and 45-degree [113-degree Fahrenheit] heat in the summer. But according to a recent study, smoking kills an average of 55 Iraqis a day, compared to a current average of ten deaths daily from terrorist shootings or bombings. So the government argues that it is perfectly reasonable to outlaw smoking on public-health grounds.
It's official: smoking is worse than terrorism (and heatstroke).