Quote: Originally Posted by Chiliagon
would you say that you should be allowed to deny people health coverage if you are a smoker?
make them illegal and if you're caught with smokes you can get a major fine?
have hard policies at the border and look for all smokes and immediately take them and burn em? destroy em?
If the goal were to adopt harsh measures to bring cigarette smoking down quickly, one possible solution could be:
1. Require a pharmaceutical license to sell nitotine;
2. Restrict the sael of nicotine to those who have a presciption, which can be obtained only after addiction is proven;
3. Make the prescription, sale, and provision of nicotine to anyone who is born after a certain date (let's say one year after the law is passed) illegal, with severe criminal penalties for those who violate this new law.
4. Make addiction therapy compulsory for those who are born after the cutoff date who do become addicted to nicotine.
This would only be possible with the same public support that eventually made opium a restricted substance. Short of that, we'd be wasting our time.
Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides
Why is it (at least it seems that way) that poorer people with problems seem to smoke the most? Is it just the stress with coping? So much money could be saved by them just quiting.
I wouldn't be surprised that the poor are more likely to be addicts. After all, either their addiction made them poorer, or their poverty encouraged them to find an escape, or both. Just like most opium addicts are likely to be or at least become poorer too.
The poor are the most likely to gamble too with the lottery for example. That doesn't stop the government from digging in though. Then we wonder why socialists cry foul. For crying out loud, when the government is profiting from gambling, it's essentially profiting from usury. Balanced and fair capitalism with a conscience is one thing, but such pure exploitation?! No wonder some people turn to socialism. If I were to confound government exploitation of the poor via the lottery corporation with capitalism, I'd be dead set against capitalism too.