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Is the vilification of smokers a good thing or a bad thing?

Especially in the United States, smokers are vilified as second-hand killers. Through smokers actions, people every year die from second hand smoker. People who smoke are stigmatized in the US.

In the United States, this has lead to laws preventing smokers from smoking in public areas. It should also reduce the number of people who smoke in future generations.

In Europe, where there is not a stigma attached to smoking, I probably inhale the equivalent of 1 cigarette a week in the form of second hand smoke. In the US, I would probably catch a faint whiff of cigarette smoke once a month. The thing is, in Germany, the same number of cigarettes are consumed per person as in the United states. The stigmas and the rules about smoking in the US prevent people from smoking in public locations. This is good for the health of non-smokers.

I know people say that this is just another way to hurt poor, working class citizens as that is the demographic that generally smokes. I did not know before reading articles on this subject that that population is the population that smoked.
I also recognize that a lot of smokers try to quit.

So is this stigma associated with smoking a bad thing on a whole? What are your opinions?

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    Jul 10 2013: Ang, "There is absolutely no reason in the world why tobacco sales should still be legal," oh yes there is. It is a source of funds for every government on the planet. In some places the majority of the money spent on cigarettes actually goes to the government. With prevailing attitudes about letting adults smoke if they so chose, it is easy for governments to add taxes high enough to bring in substantial tax revenue, but not high enough to actually stop the sale in the first place.

    Politics wins out over science. Again.
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      Jul 10 2013: Is that really a reason or an illogically justified excuse to continue doing something they and everybody else on the planet knows is wrong?
      • Jul 11 2013: I guess it may be a question of good. Is the "good" that would occur due legalizing tobacco be more or less than the "good" that the government programs tobacco tax revenue pays for?
    • Jul 11 2013: i think these government are in taking in account that all these substantial tax revenue are spending it to fix the damages that caused by increasing the number of smokers.
      they lost there time !
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      Jul 12 2013: Re: "There is absolutely no reason in the world why tobacco sales should still be legal,"

      Prohibiting anything that people do regardless including alcohol, tobacco, firearms, drugs, abortions, and prostitution only benefits criminals and does not seem to improve public health, morals, or safety. There are many reasons why NOT to make these things illegal.

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