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    This has sparked mixed opinions among the TSR community and for some a strong view for and/or against smoking being banned. But why stop at smoking, what else should be banned: fast food? alcohol?

    Here's what the TSR community have to say about making smoking illegal:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/cont...e-made-illegal
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    Smoking should be banned as it affects others harmfully.
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    (Original post by Xenon17)
    Smoking should be banned as it affects others harmfully.
    Whilst it can affect others harmfully, it can also have minimal effects on others directly. Whilst yes, there is a cost to the NHS, there is also a fair amount of tax revenue made off cigarettes, and the only thing that banning cigarettes would do, is make the public worse off.

    At least currently, the government get some money back from the tax, which they can put into the NHS etc... ban cigarettes, and a black market for them will be born. All this will do is mean no tax revenue, and potentially more health problems from lower quality and potentially more dangerous cigarettes - whilst nominally, fewer people may smoke if the cigarettes were banned, the monetary value of the problems could increase.

    Plus, it's a consumer choice.
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    Lets make cigarettes illegal to make the smokers cry.
    Lets make alcohol illegal to make the drinkers/drunks cry.
    Lets make fast food illegal to make the food lovers cry.
    Lets make tanning illegal to make the British equivalents of Snooki cry.
    Lets make Starbucks Frappuccinos illegal to make white girls cry.

    All of the above are unhealthy (some more than others), but people are going to continue doing it anyway because they enjoy it.

    Smoking isn't the only thing that is bad for your health.
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    Absolutely not. Whether it's healthy or unhealthy is their problem, not yours. And further increasing the price and reducing the no. of ciggies in a packet, as another person proposed, is (no offence) absolutely silly. Unless they smoke in your face they're not harming you, are they? People are well aware of the risks nowadays and if they still choose to smoke that's up to them, not anyone else. Best leave them to it, innit.
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    How about we just ban everything?
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    I think smoking is a horrible habit and I would never do it personally but I do not think it should be banned. The tax on them is ridiculous and the Government make so much money and you know, sometimes that helps the public. It is an important resource.

    People are not going to stop smoking because you make it illegal. Yes there are major health problems but it doesn't concern you. Then you go on about the NHS but then don't think we should ban unhealthy food or alcohol or driving in cars or letting kids play with lego. Everything is a hazard nowadays.
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    It doesn't just harm the user though. Some of us have serious lung problems. By being forced to breathe in your filthy habit, (because it's impossible to avoid a smoker in public) you're making my serious lung problems worse.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    It doesn't just harm the user though. Some of us have serious lung problems. By being forced to breathe in your filthy habit, (because it's impossible to avoid a smoker in public) you're making my serious lung problems worse.
    How is it impossible?
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    (Original post by DiddyDec)
    How is it impossible?
    I live near a hotel. If I want to go anywhere, I've got to walk past said hotel where there's almost always someone smoking outside. I live 10 minutes from town where there's almost always someone smoking.
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    Smoking shouldn't be made illegal, no. If it were made illegal, people would still find a way to get it. People still take illegal drugs because there will ALWAYS be someone to supply us with anything illegal. My health problem, not yours. There's other things that are bad for your health too
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    I live near a hotel. If I want to go anywhere, I've got to walk past said hotel where there's almost always someone smoking outside. I live 10 minutes from town where there's almost always someone smoking.
    Can't you cross the road from the hotel?
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    We do not need any more nannying from the state.
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    No. But you know what should be illegal. Hunting and killing animals.
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    Absolutely not. Tobacco raises a lot of tax and looking at the figures vs CPI inflation it seems the anti smoking measures at present have not reduced the amount of tax collected. I would not want to push it much further though. In particular, there is no justification for making smoking in your own car illegal.
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    In particular, there is no justification for making smoking in your own car illegal.
    If the smoker has kids then that's plenty justification imo
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    Cigs should be made illegal.
    Weed should be legalised.
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    (Original post by alexschmalex)
    If the smoker has kids then that's plenty justification imo
    Then I suppose you support banning smoking inside someone's own home? I certainly don't.

    "Think of the children" is a common argument used to justify illiberal intrusions into people's private lives.

    For most things society relies on the assumption that parents love their children and want the best for them. To me smoking is not flagrant enough harm to justify an implicit accusation of abusive or neglectful treatment.

    What about, let's say, buying their kids McDonalds or fizzy pop? Should that be banned - it also causes health problems.

    The usual thing we do with this is to discourage people with punitive taxes. Hence I support high tobacco taxes as well as sugar but not banning in either case.
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    Has no-one learned prohibition just does not work. Alcohol, drugs, abstinence only sex ed etc. Seriously we're all young enough to have a clear head and clever enough to make the intelligent decision. I support having many measures that reduce smoking ,lessen the harm and make it more prohibitive. But if you go too far and outright ban or close to an outright ban you'll be shooting yourself and the rest of society in the foot.
 
 
 
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