This makes me SO ANGRY!

I did this for the Punchlines column:



The next day, someone wrote this to the papers:

Commenting on the Health Ministry’s proposal to prevent shops from displaying cigarette packs,
a recent Punchlines cartoon (ST, Monday, June 03, 2013) carried a claim that alcohol “causes
far worse problems” than cigarettes, and referenced a news story involving a traffic accident
relating to alcohol intoxication. While any such accidents are sad events, the fact is that in
Singapore they occur relatively infrequently: according to police data, in a typical month
there are one or two alcohol-related traffic deaths. (Their rarity is part of what makes them
newsworthy.) In comparison, according to Health Promotion Board, there are more than
two hundred tobacco-related deaths in Singapore every month. Indeed, the Royal Australasian
College of Physicians has calculated that “more people in Australia and New Zealand die from
cigarettes than from alcohol, illicit drugs, road accidents, suicides, homicides, drowning,
shark attacks, falls and electrocution – combined.” As such, public awareness of the
dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke should be promoted, not downplayed.
- (Professor) A J Berrick
National University of Singapore

Yes, smoking is bad, Berrick.
However, that is self-induced.

Being innocently maimed or killed by drunk drivers is comparatively worse.

If you are a non-smoker, you can walk away to avoid secondhand smoke.

But it's hard to react in time when an alcohol-laden moron
is speeding his car directly at you.

Case in point (The New Paper, July 05, 2013):



19 people
were arrested for drink driving in an islandwide operation on the morning of July 04, 2013.

706 arrests for drink driving
from January to March in 2013. This is up from 675 in the same period last year.

2,917 arrests for drink driving in 2012
as compared to 2,735 in 2011.

Try telling this poor 5-year-old that smoking is actually MORE DANGEROUS: