Would you rather ban alcohol or tobacco?

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  1. SpaceCricket79

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    Alcohol is far more toxic to health than tobacco is - people can easily die or receive permanent brain damage from heavy drinking (while it's next to impossible to die of a nicotine overdose, unless one was purposely trying - such as by smoking, chewing tobacco, and using gum/patches all at the same time) - and alcohol withdrawal is one of the worst withdrawls of any drug in existence (worse than heroin or crack cocaine) - withdrawing from nicotine will just make you feel 'down' until you adapt to it - a heavy drinker who withdrawals from alcohol can literally die from the withdrawal symptoms, so it can't be quit cold turkey.

    Not to mention, alcohol is far more dangerous to others' health than tobacco because it impairs judgment (and DWI is the #1 cause of auto fatalities in America).

    So going by the pure facts, alcohol should definitely be banned long before tobacco - banning tobacco should be on about the same level of priority as banning energy drinks or caffeinated beverages (which is what nicotine is, a alkaloid stimulant drug in the same family as caffeine, cocaine, etc)

    The problem with the OP is that like many left-wing ideas, it's totally emotion based not reason based - the rationale behind the OP's train of thought is just "Smoking is bad for you!!!" - that's as far as it goes - facts be damned when emotion enters the picture
     
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    Are you saying that alcohol should be illegal, or are you simply saying that if one of those two drugs was to be made illegal-you would chose alcohol over tobacco?
     
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    The latter - I'm not in favor of either being illegal - I was just pointing out how based on the effects of both drugs, there's a much stronger case for alcohol being illegal
     
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    How come nicotine is considered to be more addictive than alcohol, if alcohol withdrawals are far more severe than nicotine withdrawals?
     
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    Nicotine becomes habitual easier (ex. people are more likely to become addicted to nicotine than alcohol), however severe alcohol addiction is much more dangerous than nicotine addiction - alcohol addiction is way more of a physical dependency, and the withdraw symptoms can literally kill you
     
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    While it's true that heavy drinking is more harmful than tobacco smoking, in my opinion, moderate drinking is less harmful than tobacco smoking. It's far less carcinogenic, and nicotine on the other hand, has no health benefits whatsoever. Do you agree?

    BTW, I have changed my mind and now I agree with your stance on this issue. Alcohol, overall, does more damage to society than nicotine.
     
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    I wouldnt ban either of them. Its a person's choice. I do think they should not be allowed to encourage its usage though. Maybe banning advertising and not hyping it up so much on the media. It works both ways though. I dont think people should advertise against it either. It should simply be there for people to make their decisions.
     

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