an so begins world prohibition part 3
an so begins world prohibition part 3
And if we're both waiting for the same bus on the same bus stop, neither of us is going to leave.
There are many things that are illegal to do in public, that are not illegal to do at home. I don't understand why smoking shouldn't be one of them.
At least it's already illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants. Thank god for that.
Provided you have the willpower to curb the addictive effects, it speeds up your metabolism and shrinks appetite. If you can manage to quit following weight-loss, maintain the exercise regimen and avoid returning to old dietary habits, you can keep that weight off. The risk-factors (particularly cancer) of smoking are mitigated fairly quickly if you quit quickly and don't start again.
Granted it's a difficult thing to do, but so is incorporating McDonalds and Alcohol into a healthy lifestyle.
Who cares if this bothers anyone.
We should also legalize racial hate speeches in public. Because who cares if it bothers anyone, amrite?
i also forgot it's currently legal and large industry that generates a lot of income for industries
boy am i forgetful
And why NOT legalize public nudity? Who is the victim there? Who do you think you are to act like the victim because you saw shit that you know exists, have seen before, but for pseudo-religious reasons find uncomfortable to witness? Who are you to impose your shame upon the world?
It's not as though air pollutants already permeate metropolitan areas.
Western society does not punish people for what MIGHT happen. Western justice is not preventative justice, it is reconciliatory justice. We try people after something bad happens, not before.
Simply put, you aren't worried about your health in the future. You're worried about your comfort in the present. And the law does not provide for your comfort.
as if somehow you inhale all of the smoke the did when they smoke.
it's not in an amount enough to do anything to you, and like lankist said we have far worse problems in our air.
my point is that smoking is not offensive, it's not harmful to others in an open air space, it's already legal, it's good capitalist business (America's #2 export!, not supporting the industry just the economy gained from it), and policing the decisions of other people is harmful. there is no reason for smoking to become illegal just because it's harmful, and putting a huge price on cigarettes is going to be awful to smokers because they will still pay that premium, thus perpetuating economical inequality.
Cigarettes and smokers should be ostracised further, recent studies show (I think it was actually a thread in this section) that people are far more likely to give up smoking because of the social stigma rather than price increase or health warnings. Raise the price? Sure, great idea, get some more revenue in and create an entry barrier for new people trying to smoke, but dedicated smokers will just bust all their cash on it and nothing will have changed.
Prostitution IS legal in Reno, Nevada, and it's worked out extremely fucking well. The brothels are operated by the prostitutes themselves. There are no pimps. Security is extremely tight, STD screenings are weekly for the prostitutes and spot-checked on clients. Contraception is required. The women can go to the police if someone tries something. The women don't get beaten and abused, and a good chunk of revenue goes toward the county.
Illegal prostitution works upon extortion and pseudo-slave-labor. Legalized prostitution is extremely safe for all parties involved, and the prostitutes can refuse service for any reason they want if they feel threatened or uncomfortable. They can quit whenever they want, and there's opportunities for advancement toward a managerial position in the brothel.
In my personal opinion, prostitution should be legal for the same reason you just gave, but I know that most people disagree.
What about drug dealing? That makes a good business. Weapon dealing as well (yeah, any blood crazy maniac can buy a gun in US).
i'm not sure what you are even trying to argue any more.
Prostitution as in fucking for money or pimp owned whores?
Overdose would become much less of an issue, as the government dealers could refuse to sell over-dosable amounts. The quality of the drugs could be assured (i.e. nothing will be laced with something else,) and the data tracking on customers and clients could make the police's job that much easier when somebody attempts to abuse the system (e.g. if someone starts selling drugs they got at Gov.-Drug on the street, the government has all the evidence they need in the system to convict).
This would also save a ridiculous amount of money by dismantling the "drug war," and in the U.S.'s case, curb the drug-smuggling businesses in Central American nations (Mexico/Columbia) by taking away their biggest clients (US), reducing the impact of gang violence below the border.
As it stands, in nations where drugs are illegal, they're an outlaw trade. They can't be regulated, monitored or controlled.
Then again, if it bothers you we might as well ban it!
Why are people arguing FOR smoking, would you walk up to someone and flip them off? Assuming you wouldn't, why would you light up a cigarette or smoke with people in the nearby proximity? Considering that you're giving them the effects of second hand smoke too I think it's a pretty fair comparison to giving them the finger, and not much of a stretch to say it's bloody disrespectful to smoke in public, and should be banned- if not only for the fact other people don't want the lung cancer a smoker is too addicted to do anything about.
Do not attempt to stand on "respect." To legislate respect is asinine.
And, FYI, telling me I'm a bad person is pretty fucking disrespectful in and of itself.
But then again, respect is only important so long as it's about you, right?