Article: Should cigarettes be made illegal?Watch
Here's what the TSR community have to say about making smoking illegal:
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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.
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.
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.
Weed should be legalised.
"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.