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Smoking is Doomed

Several recent letter writers have moaned about Oregon’s proposed ban on smoking in private vehicles, decrying it as an infringement on their civil rights. Although the Bush administration did manage to erode many of our civil rights, this case is different.

The fact is that, sooner or later, the sale and possibly even the use of cigarettes will be illegal. This is inevitable.  Those who deny it have not been paying attention.

Those who try to draw a parallel between a tobacco ban and the failure of prohibition overlook one very important difference. It is quite possible to enjoy alcohol safely, in moderation, with no danger to yourself or to others. The same cannot be said of tobacco.  As the tobacco companies are obligated by law to remind us, “there is no safe cigarette”. Every cigarette you smoke, from your first to your last, is doing damage to your body and the bodies of those around you, with no positive benefits to you or to society.

So far, the limits have been implemented bit by bit, but there WILL be a complete ban sooner or later. Personally, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already.

Posted in Opinion.

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  1. Kicker says

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg