MikeSkyrme:Ropata:MikeSkyrme:vexxxboy:MikeSkyrme:mjb:mattwnz: Smoking isdalso addicative, and tax payer money is spent to get people off it, by subsiding drugs to help people give up
To be honest, smoking should continue to be allowed (as in, not banned), as it helps to control the population.. I do wonder if the guvmint can support the ACC and retirement costs of all those that wouldn't die early from smoking related illnesses.
Don't forget to also add in the cost of the reduced tax revenue figure should smoking be banned completely...
this is the big fallacy with banning smoking. ie: reduced tax revenue, when in fact we spend more on health care due to smoking than we take in taxes from smoking.
As I dive further off topic, I will just add:
From NBR, March 2012:
Smoking related healthcare spending: $250M.
Tax revenue for the same period: $891M.
Since this time, tax levels have been raised, the annual take (taxwise) from tobacco products is expected to be circa $1.4 Billion.
This is the point exactly. Who is really addicted to smoking? And if this is the case then all unhealthy foods should be taxed as well. Adding to all that is that the total death toll from sweet mary jane is zero. ZERO. In fact the only reason i can think of for it still being illegal is purely political and commercial. How dare people grow their own medicine whose only side effects are hunger, relaxation and sleep when you can buy a drug at massive profit margins with long term terrible side effects. I dare someone to debate this.
I would suggest you start a new topic for debating this. However... I will insert my two pennies worth.
Largely because of the fact that it is illegal, there has simply not been enough research done to say that the drug does not cause harm.
What has been proven, is that similar carcinagens to those found in the burning of tobacco, are also found in the "sweet mary jane" you refer to.
There are also studies done showing a link to testicular cancer and the use of the drug.
So, first two points lead me again to the question of "so why is it illegal?" seeing as a lot of drugs are handed out willy nilly daily with known terrible side effects and the fact that there are safe ways to medicate but the general public wouldn't know about that would they. As for the last one, a link would be good because it is obviously a paper i would be interested in reading.