This morning, I read a newspaper story about a new detox clinic for people who are addicted to video games. It seems that this is a growing problem among young men, with more and more of them unable to control the amount of time they spend in front of computers.
Another story in the same paper talked about the link between fast food consumption and rising obesity levels in America.
A third article discussed the fact that the teenage smoking rate — one in four — has remained constant despite millions of dollars spent on public service messages trying to discourage the habit. I thought of my 13-year-old son, who recently confessed that he had tried cigarettes. “I wanted to see what the different flavors were like,” he said. Apparently, a number of tobacco companies are branding cigarettes with names such as Twista Lime and Mocha Taboo. This is in direct violation of a court settlement prohibiting them from marketing to children.
I have talked with many pool and spa professionals who complain about this industry. Sometimes I break out of journalist mode and complain with them. We can be unsophisticated and ego-driven. We work at cross-purposes. Too many of us are crooked.
When dealing with frustrating aspects of our industry, it’s easy to forget a fundamental truth: Pools and spas are inherently good. They bring health, relaxation, family togetherness and fun to millions of people around the world.
Too many products are sold in this country that make consumers feel worse and worse the more they use them. Pools and spas have exactly the opposite effect.
I am proud to be associated with an industry that helps adults relax, gets kids outdoors and promotes fitness. And you can’t smoke underwater.