Just Ban Them
With all the various smoking bans going around I think it is high time that smoking be banned completely. No more smoking, anywhere, anytime. And while we are at it, alcohol too. After all, the American Lung Association says that between 38,000 to 65,000 people die every year due to ETS (environmental tobacco smoke, or second hand smoke). Lets just call it 50,000 per year. And since excess alcohol related diseases cause around 100,000 deaths per year it is high time to just ban that too. By banning these substances we could save about 150,000 lives every single year.
Sure, sure some people will sputter and stutter about prohibition being tried before and crime and other idiotic nonsense, but what do they know? History schmistory, who needs that crap when we have tens of thousand of lives on the line. After all, it seems clear that with 150,000 people dead every year who shouldn’t be, people are too stupid to know what is good for them. So I say, lets get the State to exercise its powers of coercion and stop this insanity. And consider this, in 1993 there were 3,805 deaths attributed to heroin, and that is banned and part of the massive war on drugs. We are talking, in terms of deaths, two subtances that cause almost 40 times as many deaths!
It is high time the government acted to stop people from harming themselves.