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Old 10-13-2002, 07:12 PM   #21
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Originally posted by melon
But you're right, and that's why I think that tobacco should be outright banned just for that reason alone (you'd have to read some of my older posts to have picked up on this attitude of mine, admittedly). The fact that our health care system is being bogged down by so many illnesses stemming from a *known* harmful substance is just beyond inexcusable.
i don't know if i agree with this or not. even if cigarettes are illegal, some people will still choose to smoke (there are people like my dad who are so hooked on it, that they would still smoke. believe me, my mom and dad have discussed those "what ifs" since the taxes on cigarettes have been raised over the past 10 or so years.) regardless of the consequences of it.

for example, think about what's currently illegal. there's plenty of people who use all sorts of illegal substances, and don't seem to care that if they were caught with said substance, they'd be fucked up for life. also, even if cigarettes were made illegal, there are still the people who would quit, but will still get cancer from the many, many years of tobacco use. and, there are those who will still smoke, as i mentioned.

if someone takes ecstasy and ends up in critical condition in a hospital, will they turn them away because what they did is illegal? i doubt it. people certainly won't get turned away from hospitals because they have smoked.

imo, i think we should just make it all legal. (not all drugs, just marijuana, really.) tax the fuck out of them, because there are people who will smoke no matter how much it costs. these people who are already hooked will smoke even if it's $10 for a pack of cigarettes or $30 for some pot, (isn't that about how much it is anyway?) to at least help our nation's economy.

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melon is this a genuine belief that tobacco should be banned? Why single out tobacco, or do you feel equally about all harmful substances?
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Alcohol should definitely be thrown on the bandwagon if you're throwing tobacco on there. The whole host of conditions that arises from life-long drinking as well as the many altercations caused by drinking far outweigh cigarette smoking.

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