Illegalize Tobacco

People who want to legalize marijuana make the argument that cigarettes are more dangerous, yet are legal. Well, they shouldn't be. They are a poison not only to the user, but to everyone in a 10 meter radius. Obviously not a popular move, but would add years lo lives and save millions in health care costs.

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  • I object because everyone should be allowed to live the lifestyle they wish. I think that it should be illegal to smoke in public places. If someone thinks that smoking is worth having a shorter life, who are we to say no? Everyone has to deal with the consequences of their own decisions, and that should be enough. It should be their own choice.

  • I see where you are coming from here, but I also object. I feel that the element of choice is really important to the individual; and taking that choice away makes a wider statement than simply "Smoking is illegal". I fully support the banning of smoking in public places, as I don't want the lifestyle choices somebody else has made to adversely impact on myself. We have banned smoking inside of clubs, pubs, restaurants etc. here in Australia and the implementation of this legislation has been a smooth process. Thanks for your proposal foltor :) PEACE

  • I see where you are coming from here, but I also object. I feel that the element of choice is really important to the individual; and taking that choice away makes a wider statement than simply "Smoking is illegal". I fully support the banning of smoking in public places, as I don't want the lifestyle choices somebody else has made to adversely impact on myself. We have banned smoking inside of clubs, pubs, restaurants etc. here in Australia and the implementation of this legislation has been a smooth process. Thanks for your proposal foltor :)
    PEACE

  • Education not legislation is always my recommended focus.

  • You're right about the savings in health care costs. I understand though that private health care premiums are higher for smokers so they do pay extra for the previlege.

  • I must be honest I smoke and agree that smoking is not nice in public, but nor is our present type of main transport. Take the automobile (car) or Motor Bike unfortunately we can not ban them in public but if you realized that their lethality to your heath is 100 times worst than passive smoking and the distance is a much more of a real problem. I am packing smoking up but I really promise not be a total grumpy sod about passive smoke and stay clear of smokers and still have ash trays in my house for friends to use as they wish. I will however think of banning gas guzzling cars and bikes from my driveway, lol. I bet you have a car or motorbike? Damn I can not wait to when petrol and diesel is banned. I would like to see more people chewing tobacco , ban no, educate on its dangers yes. dictate its use with out a referendum or vote no that would be un-democratic.

  • I object because mind-altering and mood-altering substances will always be demanded by some members of the species. Whenever we threaten those members, they'll always form a market outside of the law to maintain their lifestyles. I agree that we should treat such people as having a disease, not as criminals.

  • I object because because it is a right that everybody has to smoke if they whant to

  • I object because we don't need more gateway drugs increasing crime with black markets and private prisons capitalizing on ordinary behaviour. Besides, prohibition of alcohol and the ban on public smoking increased their use, so it wouldn't save any health care costs. It would just cut off tax revenue.

  • This is an idea with good intentions, however the prohibition act was with good intentions as well. While I am strongly against illegal drugs, smoking, and alcohol, outlawing something overly popular will cause many, many issues. What we need, is regulations on the tobacco companies to find new ways to make their products harmless to the consumer. In the meantime, educating children from a young age about the dangers of these products is the best we can do. Unfortunately, conformity takes a hold of all the youth in this world.

  • I object because everything is legal in first place until men made a laws as illegal, commonsense if you use it for medical/remedies is good, if you abused that is bad so is everything else.

  • I object because there should be less law and regulation not more.

  • Hospitals use normal grade anti-bacterials sprays because of "lack of funds", this should be addressed, considering that this "cutback" makes hospitals a veritable contamination hut. (The normal A-B does not kill the E-coli or C-difficile virus)

  • I object because because of freedom of individuals. All dangerous substances would be banned from promoting their product in any form.

  • I object because such a law will make the sale of tobacco yet another drug to add to the list of products for sale in a deadly list of black market materials.

  • I object because no one has the right to tell me what plants I can use. The only prohibition we need is on fascist ideas like this that lead to totalitarianism.

  • I object because of the same reasons being echoed by many here.

  • Everyone should be alowed to make the choise for themself not a rule forced on everyone.

  • I'm completely against tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, but if using it isn't having a bad effect on other people, it shouldn't be illegal.

  • I am not a smoker and I swear to never touch a cigarette in my life but at the end of the day it is a person's choice to smoke and damage their body therefore it shouldn't be made illegal although I do believe in educating people on the dangers of smoking tobacco and that it should be made illegal to smoke in public places. I was out with my friend, younger brother and sister and my parents to watch the Olympic Torch and the amount of people smoking whilst there was children my younger siblings' ages (10 and 7) and younger was completely unacceptable, they shouldn't have to be in an environment like that but that's just my opinion.

  • I object because in Australia more people take marijuana than cigarettes, why? we have high taxes on cigarettes, graphic advertising against it all around, no pro smoking advertising, plain packaging, heavily subsidized anti-smoking medication (like nicorette), education of it in our schools etc. By banning it we will have to get rid of these measures that actually stop people taking it.

  • you really want to get rid of "smoking" in all forms, the governments around the world can implement strategies to make it available by prescription only to those who have smoked tobacco products for a period of time to be determined (like smoked more than 10 yrs can have prescription), and prescribe medicinal cannabis for those with terminal cancers, or medical conditions that are extremely painful and terminal. (no harm making the person in pain at least live comfortably for his/her last 6 months to year.

  • I object because It is bad. It people should have the choice

  • If seatbelts are legal, then so is the prohibition of tobacco. If individuals get healthcare to help with diseases they get themselves, that is wrong.

  • It all comes down to money really. If tobacco wasn't such a big money maker, the government would have no problem chucking it

  • I object because mediocre people think so small. Before you try to take away my cigarettes why don't you ban alcohol. At least a cigarette doesn't play an enormous role in broken families, death, suicide, abuse, etc.

  • I guess people have the right to make themselves sick if they want. Illegalize!!!

  • I object because prohibiting drugs leads to problems that overweight the problems of drugs themselves, without necessarily lowering the consumption. I strongly agree with prohibiting second-hand smoking, as many countries have done lately through more specific laws. I also support any ideas for increasing taxes on tobacco, as well as better regulation for this industry. But prohibiting tobacco alltogether does not seem a good idea.

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