Friday, August 29, 2008

Thoughts on tobacco

This is a classic:

But sadly, those innocent times are lost. In today's world of wars (war on terror, war on drugs, war on poverty, war on wars to end all wars), we must face the war on tobacco. Because of this just and righteous war, just like smoking pot, smoking tobacco leads to an increase in crime.

But some people seem to think this is not such a good thing:

It doesn't just turn regular folks into scofflaws willing, at least, to wink at the plainly illegal source of their smokes. It also makes them complicit in the corrupting influence of organized crime on law enforcement. Black market vice needs security and it can afford it, and since crooks cannot dial 911 they must either provide their own or else bribe public authorities. . . .

Smoking may be dumb. But a policy that corrupts citizens and police, and that menaces public safety, needs very strong positive effects to pass the test of common sense. Does further discouragement of smoking, at this point, seem to you to qualify?

"What cigarette do you smoke, doctor?"


Lisa said...

Suddenly, I crave a camel cigarette.


Anonymous said...

I will concur that camels are the best.

MapMaster said...

A decline in the quality of health care services seems to coincide with doctors ceasing to smoke in their offices.

Anonymous said...

Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco smoke that causes smokers to continue to smoke. Addicted smokers need enough nicotine over a day to ‘feel normal’ – to satisfy cravings or control their mood. How much nicotine a smoker needs determines how much smoke they are likely to inhale, no matter what type of cigarette they smoke.