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Should cigarette smoking be banned?

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Started: 1/25/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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EnderFreek36

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Ciggarette smoking should be banned because tons of people die for lung cancer and or heart attacks a stroke and all sorts of problems.
Jevinigh

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Here are some examples of "Prohibition" the illegalization of consuming or owning of a substance.

In 1920, the United states passed a Constitutional amendment banning the sale,production and consumption of Alcoholic beverages. In the period from 1920 to 1933, Prohibition created a Criminal enterprise that fueled the largest gangs our nation has ever known, The likes of Al Capone and many more you likely have never heard of built EMPIRES on the criminal production and distribution of Alcohol.

In the end, the law was repealed.. Alcohol was legalized and at which time, those criminal empires all but evaporated. The economic costs where huge, lost tax revenue, people thrown in jail.. increased funding to fight the 'war on alcohol'. It was 13 years of miserable failure.


Some years later in the late 1940s we started banning the production,consumption and ownership of of various drugs but the "war on drugs" didn't start until the Richard Nixon administration.. and was than escalated by the Reagan administration and every president since than until now. The results? As of 2014, the government spends a combined $51,000,000,000. That's Billion-with-a-B; every year. Drug use is higher than ever, the United States now incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world per capita. and the Losses in opportunity costs are immeasurable.

So, the prohibition of alcohol did very little to effect the consumption of alcohol and resulted in the creation of criminal empires. The Prohibition on drugs has done the same only there is some evidence that it has back fired and increased drug use over the years.

And you want to ban cigarettes? Well, I guess there is a saying, everything old is new again.
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Posted by Jevinigh 10 months ago
Jevinigh
Sources, I forgot to add:

Prohibition and the 18th amendment:
https://en.wikipedia.org...

War on drugs:
http://www.drugpolicy.org...
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