Wouldn't a ban on all tobacco products be better than all this stupidity?

As a smoker I think I would welcome it, but I am probably in the minority.

I’ve been smoking for years – I stopped smoking once for about 9 months, then fell of that wagon; as it were.

But instead of all these draconian laws where the retailer has to hide their stock of cigarettes – why not simply ban the lot? If, as many, many experts say – smoking is so bad for you, the country and the healthcare system – then that would be the logical thing to do, no?

My opposition to this is that I do believe in choice – I do believe that governments should legalise such things as marijuana, and some “hard” drugs as well, I do believe that they can then be controlled and taxed. But that is a completely different topic. This is about tobacco and cigarettes in particular and, as we all know the mantra “think of the children”.

If these so-called experts think that children just go in a shop/store – look at a display and then think – “oh that would be so cool!” and go and buy a pack of 10 cigs, they are quite wrong. They do, invariably, steal the cigarettes from parents or siblings. Friends introduce them to smoking and off they jolly-well go.

But, as always, there is a downside – and that downside is that people will be selling much more contraband cigarettes, smuggling is always rife when taxes are too high and goods that people want are, in effect, banned.

Here there is already a crackdown on ‘illegal’ cigarettes – illegal in that they can be sold to one section of society and not another. Advertising on TV that tells you all about them and why they are illegal. Pure waste of tax payers money to me.

So what is the answer in stopping people smoking? The threat of a slow death obviously doesn’t work – high taxes just brings about contraband products, hiding the cigs under the counter just means more chocolate will displayed (how long will it be before government says that chocolate has to be hidden because it makes people obese?) banning smoking in public places hasn’t stopped smoking either.

So, please tell me, what is the answer?

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0 Responses to Wouldn't a ban on all tobacco products be better than all this stupidity?

  1. jcims says:

    The answer is to let people live their lives and focus on real problems. You would have to live in a cave to not know the health implications of tobacco, yet people choose to use it anyway. People also choose to drive without seatbelts, ride motorcycles without helmets, drink until liver failure, etc.

    Maybe we should focus on making life interesting, and people would actually do something to stay around despite the availability of concoctions that will kill them.

  2. Will Rhodes says:

    Maybe we should focus on making life interesting, and people would actually do something to stay around despite the availability of concoctions that will kill them.

    Agreed – keeping people around just to be automatons doesn’t seem to be the best practice in my eyes – and that is the world over not just in the EU and North America.

  3. steve says:

    But if they banned cigarettes, people would never die and how would they come up with the tax revenues to take care of people for eternity?

  4. UK Voter says:

    As always with this government, they say one thing and mean another. They know full well that if they lost the £20bn in tobacco duties and VAT, that it would mean a 4% increase in direct taxation. This is all about grabbing headlines, the last thing they want is everyone to stop smoking.

    They estimate the cost to the NHS of tobacco related diseases is £3bn, so they still get a ‘rpofit’ of £17bn, on top of that, if smokers don’t live longer, then there is less pension money to pay out and fewer winter fuel allowances. As always, the government always wins!

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