2010-01-18

We need more organized crime?

With any reasonable prohibition there is always risk of feebleminded people getting ideas. Banning smoking in public areas was reasonable and has turned out to be very beneficial. Banning prominent display of tobacco products in stores was fairly reasonable. Banning food products that vaguely remind you of tobacco products was just goofy.

Sorry, but I can not find a single positive thing to say about people who think that cylindrical pieces of chocolate-covered marzipan ought to be banned because someone imagines this will imbue a deep lust for big, fat, cuban cigars in children.

Now some rabid moron wants to ban smoking outright. Which necessarily means that you would have to ban sales of cigarettes (and other tobacco products).

I wish these pathetic amoeba would have paid attention while at school. Prohibiting tobacco products is going to achieve little other than creating a host of new problems: it will strengthen organized crime, criminalize a large segment of the population, create unenforcable laws and erode people's respect for the law in the process.

Banning alcohol has been tried before. It did not work. In fact it had disastrous effects. In the US it helped solidify organized crime by handing them a golden business opportunity. Which they took. To this day the US is battling the mafia. To this day the mafia controls obscene portions of commercial activity in the US.

The way to battle tobacco use is by peer pressure and proper, honest information. The naked, unembellished facts are more than scary enough. Making tobacco products illegal is only to hand criminals a golden business opportunity. And believe me: they will make the most of it.

The very last thing we need to do is to listen to barely sentient nutcases with a perverse urge to foist their misguided ideas on controlling unfortunate behavior unto others.

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