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tay_10123
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The Contender
AlexFreeman
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Smoking banned

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after 1 vote the winner is...
AlexFreeman
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/19/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 514 times Debate No: 55052
Debate Rounds (5)
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tay_10123

Pro

Smoking should be banned???
AlexFreeman

Con

No, smoking should not be banned.
Debate Round No. 1
tay_10123

Pro

It should be because all it is is addictive, unhealthy chemicals that are burning holes both in your pocket and your body (not literally speaking of course...).
AlexFreeman

Con

Regardless of the ill effects of smoking, my argument will be that each citizen has sovereignty over his/her own body. This includes the right to choose which substances to put into your body. The choices you make might do harm to your body, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be free to accept the risk. It's your responsibility to deal with the consequences of the actions you choose, not the government's responsibility to protect you making those choices in the first place.
Debate Round No. 2
tay_10123

Pro

tay_10123 forfeited this round.
AlexFreeman

Con

So, to reiterate, the government should not prohibit us from making lifestyle decisions for ourselves, even when those decisions may prove harmful to us. It's better for the government to stay out of such things and let us assess the risks for ourselves. In addition, case after case shows that top-down bans of particular products do not stop people from consuming those products, so a smoking ban would likely be ineffective as well.
Debate Round No. 3
tay_10123

Pro

tay_10123 forfeited this round.
AlexFreeman

Con

AlexFreeman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
tay_10123

Pro

tay_10123 forfeited this round.
AlexFreeman

Con

Well, this is no fun. Ummmmm... Vote Con, I guess.
Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by aburk903 3 years ago
aburk903
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct for FF. Pro made empty assertions that he failed to defend, Con's arguments about individual sovereignty went uncontested.