CAN NON-SMOKERS TEACH DRINKERS?
If you don’t start smoking, you won’t form a habit and become a smoker.
New figures out today from the Cancer Council of Victoria suggest persistent and aggressive anti-smoking strategies have paid off, with the number of Victorians who smoke dropping to a record low: one in seven adults lit up regularly last year, compared to about one in five in 1998.
Most encouraging, 18-to-29-year-olds are no no longer the age group with the highest proportion of regular smokers, suggesting they aren’t taking up the habit at all.
It begs the question – if campaigns like “Kiss a non-smoker and enjoy the difference” have proven successful, is it time for the “Kiss… or no, hold on, “Shag a sober person and enjoy the difference” campaign? Because if you ask most teenagers, “picking up” is one of the key motivations to going out on a Friday and Saturday night, especially to places like Kings Cross.
But as we have seen, Australia’s rampant drinking culture is leading to violent and anti-social behaviour, sometimes with catastrophic consequences such as the death of Thomas Kelly after a violent assault at the Cross.
Imagine if being conscious actually became sexy.
The young lads at The Conscious Club and Hello Sunday Morning are trying to change young people’s relationship with alcohol one Sunday morning at a time. They have become the go-to place for thousands of young people (and growing every day) who want an alternative to getting wasted every weekend without being a religious group or cult! They just celebrate consciousness.
So, what do you think? Does the path of being ‘conscious’ have any potential to help curb the teenage drunkenness that leads to violence or are we kidding ourselves?