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Prevention of diabetes

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38996.709340.BE (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:764

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PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

It continues to astonish me how it is that people fail to see the
obvious.
In New Zealand we are required to fence swimming pools at great expense in
order to prevent a very small number of children from drowning.
In New Zealand we are able to buy the most dangerous and addictive drug
known (tobacco) from any outlet including petrol stations despite the fact
that driver distraction (alone) arising from the lighting of cigarettes
is as dangerous as the distraction from cell phones.
In New Zealand we hand out money ad libertum to the poor and uneducated
and expect them to make healthy food choices in the face of an environment
awash with cheap and sugar laden alternatives.
In New Zealand we allow supermarkets to place the most destructive foods
within easy view and reach of children - especially at the checkout
counters.
Now I invite your readers to a simple thought experiment.
Firstly - some education. In the Vietnam war 50% of theAmrican troops used
heroin. Upon repatriation less than 3% reamined addicted.
So why not replace the candy with heroin?
An argument could easily be constructed which would support such a move
It is well beyond time that doctors, the people and goverments ceased to
produce specious arguments in support of gradualism and advocated
immediate and outright control of this most dangerous of all substances.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 October 2006
ANDREW MONTGOMERY
locum
Auckland