The Instigator
cjbulldogs2013
Pro (for)
Losing
7 Points
The Contender
Danielle
Con (against)
Winning
35 Points

should smoking and alcohol be illegal

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Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/19/2009 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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cjbulldogs2013

Pro

i think it should be outlawed because i have personal things but still the law should stop people from killing theirself's
Danielle

Con

The government exists to protect the rights and property of the people.

One's person is their own property.

Like almost everything in life, ingesting any type of drug has both its pros and cons - benefits and dangers. While it is true that smoking tobacco carries with it an increased risk of cancer, I fail to see how that should have any legal bearing whatsoever. Today the United States has many second-hand smoke laws regarding tobacco ingestion; in other words, it is only legal to smoke tobacco in designated areas or on your own property away from where it can be considered harmful to others.

While it's true that alcohol and tobacco are harmful, so are a plethora of other legal things including: environmental pollutants; sun bathing; eating fatty foods; stress; lack of sleep; etc. The government cannot make everything that of which can be potentially harmful illegal. There is a certain element of responsibility in all of our personal choices. For instance, we know sun tanning greatly damages our skin AND causes cancer; however, people still choose to engage in this behavior. The same logic can be applied to the drugs in question. The government can issue general warnings and studies about the potential dangers of these drugs, and people can choose whether or not that would hinder their consumption.

Not every aspect of tobacco is harmful. "A byproduct of cigarette smoke is carbon- dioxide, which in high doses is lethal. However, scientists have discovered that in low dosages, carbon-dioxide in a person's bloodstream prevents blood from "clotting". Blood clots in the bloodstream are the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes" [1]. So, some people should have the liberty of receiving the potential benefits of this drug. Again, there are pros and cons to almost everything. Driving in an automobile has risks, yet we choose to engage in that behavior. And just as the government poses restrictions on this activity, so too can they impose restrictions or other legal burdens regarding the distribution of legal alcohol and tobacco.

Since the inception of this country, people have been smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol. In fact, innumerable farmers make their living from farming this crop. Why should the government have the right to deny these people this option? It is their burden to act responsibly under the influence of these drugs, and in choosing this behavior, they are choosing to accept the risks.

Because people would still engage in consuming these products whether or not they were illegal, the government would have to implement a DEA like organization to crack down on these abuses and violations. First, This will cost the tax payers more money at a time where the economy is floundering. Second, not having a DEA and allowing people to make their own responsible choices means an increase in democracy and liberty. Third, there is a HUGE amount of government corruption regarding the drug industry. With these products being illegal, they will gain the same status such as other illegal drugs today: cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, etc. We should eliminate bureaucratic trouble making systems as much as possible. Legalization would mean a lower price; thus, related crimes (like theft and gangs) would be reduced. Police and court resources would be freed up for more serious crimes. Drug dealers (including some terrorists) would lose most or all of their business. The FDA and/or others could regulate the quality and safety of drugs. Finally, drug busts often trap young people in a flawed system that turns them into lifelong criminals which is not good for the individual OR the state.

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[1] http://www.oohoi.com...
Debate Round No. 1
cjbulldogs2013

Pro

cjbulldogs2013 forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Just as I suspected. Extend my arguments por favor.
Debate Round No. 2
cjbulldogs2013

Pro

cjbulldogs2013 forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Thanks for the debate (or not). Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Cody_Franklin 7 years ago
Cody_Franklin
I canceled out the 7 points arbitrarily given to Pro.
Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
Lol if only this site was properly updated so I could see who the douche bag was that gave Pro 7 points, despite him only providing 1 sentence of an incomprehensible argument, and then forfeiting the final 2 rounds. Nice. I wish that the people who felt such hostility towards me would man up and debate me, instead of acting like little twinks. Oh wellz :)
Posted by comoncents 7 years ago
comoncents
welcome... but con has a huge advantage here.

but it shows me the style of thelwerd, by allowing her an easy win..(just my opinion)
I should be able to learn from this debate... the easy ones to win are always the easy ones to learn from.

good luck
Posted by Maikuru 7 years ago
Maikuru
Welcome to the site =D

If you want to have serious debates and do well, I suggest making your opening arguments longer and more detailed. Include online sources for your claims and double check your spelling and grammar. Good luck.
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