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Congratulations to Launceston firm Watson’s Jewellers for their Facebook campaign to get rid of smoking in the CBD, not because of the dangers of tobacco smoke, but because it is associated with loutish behaviour. http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1140417/thousands-back-cbd-smoking-ban/?cs=98

Research by Dinnis et al in 2002 and reported in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior shows that:

“Compared with the non-smokers, both male and female smokers felt overall significantly more discontented, troubled, tense, quarrelsome, furious, impatient, hostile, annoyed and disgusted and experienced greater dizziness…….both male and female smokers showed greater increases than non-smokers in feeling spiteful, rebellious, incompetent and in sweating, suggesting that they experienced greater mood changes in response to cognitive stress.”

Banning smoking in the CBD will reduce behavioural disturbances in public places. No doubt at all.

Furthermore we need to get maternal smoking rates down because smoking causes crime in their offspring. Our maternal smoking rates are the highest in Australia.  26.9% of pregnant Tasmanian women smoke. See http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/74844/Smoking_Pregnancy_Report_2009.pdf

In an article by Brennan et al “Maternal smoking during pregnancy and adult male criminal outcomes.” In the Archives of General Psychiatry, 1999 the authors say:
“Results support the hypothesis that maternal smoking during pregnancy is related to increased rates of crime in adult offspring. The study extended previous findings by showing that maternal smoking is related to persistent offending rather than to adolescent-limited offending.”

A study in Finland found similar results:

“Compared to the sons of mothers who did not smoke, the sons of mothers who smoked during pregnancy had more than a two-fold risk of having committed a violent crime or having repeatedly committed crimes, even when other biopsychosocial risk factors were controlled.”And the American Journal of Pediatrics

“…….. it is estimated that maternal smoking in early pregnancy may account for 25% of externalizing (aggressive) behavior while maternal smoking when the child is 5 years old may account for an additional 16%. These findings provide further support for antismoking programs in pregnancy and in young family settings.”