They say it's about which is worse for you. I agree. Tobacco is worse for you, but it's about personal liberty, not which is better for you. By their same logic, we should make meat illegal because vegetables are better for you, but it doesn't work that way. People should have individual rights to their personal habits.
Yes it's hypocritical. If you're standing for equality or personal liberty, that is. Progressives aren't truly about either. It's all a guise to impress law on one and not another.
Both cause horrible negative externalities.
I think so because if you believe in personal responsibility enough for drugs, why not give people the option to smoke if they want. My last poll on big tobacco was obviously sarcastic.
Absolutely. However i do think that for example smoking tobacco is far more dangerous than say marajuana, so there should me more education campaigns against tobacco and more tax on it and warning labels and the like. But dont ban it.
Unlike tobacco, marijuana is relatively harmless. The other drugs largely get by on their "forbidden fruit" appeal. Remove that, and they effectively disappear, or at least, most drug-related violence disappears, funneled into more easily tracked-down violent crime. Tobacco is often smoked in public, where secondhand smoke is spread to other people. Contraband drugs as they are now are often consumed in the privacy of one's home. Therefore, a smoking ban can go hand-in-hand with drug legalization.
Your freedom to do drugs ends when your drug use is affecting other people. You are free to smoke in your house. You do not need to smoke on the streets where unconsenting pedestrians will inhale it.