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The government will spend a million dollars to save just a few lives in a hostage situation by using helicopters, highly trained professional police officers, and high end weapons. If the government actually cared about protecting life they would've tried harder to illegalize cigarettes, saving the lives of millions. How is it any different that a massive hostage situation? Amirite?

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People choose to smoke.
People do not choose the be kidnapped and held hostage.

Did you seriously compare smoking to being held hostage?

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I put this before you did, yet this comment has a higher score. How does that make sense?

Making something illegal does not mean people will stop doing it. If people are going to do something like smoking, which is horrible for themselves and for the environment, I doubt they'd care about whether it is legal or not. Especially if they're addicted. Already addiction is treated like a crime when it is a disease. People look at marijuana addicts as lower beings because marijuana is illegal. I don't think changing laws is not going to make a big difference.
Besides, those are two completely different scenarios. People choose to smoke whereas I doubt people choose to be taken hostage

@ImTheRealShady Making something illegal does not mean people will stop doing it. If people are going to do something like smoking...

people aren't addicted to marijuana they are addicted to the components that it is laced with.

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@people aren't addicted to marijuana they are addicted to the components that it is laced with.

I dont think my weed has shit laced with it... i dont have a physical addiction, but you could argue i have a mental addiction

@fuckoffwhore I dont think my weed has shit laced with it... i dont have a physical addiction, but you could argue i have a...

fair enough, my friends says the same thing. she doesn't feel like she needs it, but since it is such a strong habit, she feels weird if she doesnt do it on her "normal days"

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only 4 percent of people that use marijuana regularly develop a dependency. its more a mental/social "addiction" bc they make it such a large part of their lives. the drug it self has little to no addictive qualities is moderate users. though heavy users (those who smoke several times everyday) have shown to have mild thc withdrawal if they don't smoke for several days. though this too is a lesser seen side effect. cigarettes on the other hand are proven extremely addictive in those who have nicotine receptors. though there are some people that can smoke without feeling any need or withdrawal after smoking because they have less/ no nicotine receptors.

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@ImTheRealShady Making something illegal does not mean people will stop doing it. If people are going to do something like smoking...

So according to your double negative, you think changing laws IS going to make a big difference?

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When dead bodies decompose, environmentalists worry that the tar build-up in smokers' lungs will wash into the ocean or in the soil, and the worms and fish don't like chewing tobacco, but that is irrelevant. Also, the ozone layer sounds like the ozone Laertes.

The government IS working to illegalize tobacco. They just aren't making significant progress because they are trying to avoid the anarchy induced when prohibition of alcohol was instated.

@TalkingRice (Chauncy Pickles): what do you mean?

What part are you asking about? If you are talking about prohibition, type "1". If you are talking about something else, type "Sopapilla", or describe the situation with which you need assistance.

Well for one, people don't CHOOSE to be in hostage situations. It's not like the government is making people smoke. The warning is very clear on each pack of cigarettes: May cause cancer.

People don't choose to be hostages, and
we don't get tax dollars off of hostages (sounds terrible but it's true).
This post doesn't seem to be thought all the way through.

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If someone wants to lose a couple minutes of their life to relieve stress and feel better, why can't they? It's not your business what people do to themselves.

They make money from it, that's how.

They get better publicity from saving the hostages

I bet you'd be really pissed if you watched a hostage situation on the news like the one you described, and all the hostages came out of the building smoking cigarettes...

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they'd also save another 100,000 yearly if they banned alcohol, but no one wants to give up the stuff because they enjoy it and because it is a huge part of the economy.

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@mNmL0ver14 they'd also save another 100,000 yearly if they banned alcohol, but no one wants to give up the stuff because they...

$100,000 is like a drop in the ocean for a government's budget... seriously $100,000 wouldn't even be noticed. It'd probably cost more to police and impose the bans.

@SpearmintMilk $100,000 is like a drop in the ocean for a government's budget... seriously $100,000 wouldn't even be noticed. It'd...

not 100,000 dollars, 100,000 lives. and please don't tell me that you think 100,000 lives are unimportant, it'd be important if that was you or your family

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Because cigarettes make a lot of money, and sadly the government cares more about money than it's citizens health

@Sam1721 Because cigarettes make a lot of money, and sadly the government cares more about money than it's citizens health

That isn't fair. The government needs money to work on making the country a better place for the people. Taxes are one of the few ways the government makes money. If smokers consent to signing their health away for a paycheck's worth of stress relief, who are they to stop them?

@Shadi That isn't fair. The government needs money to work on making the country a better place for the people. Taxes...

(Chauncy Pickles): Yea I agree with you, but I just think when it comes to smoking the government could do more to stop it because it kills so many people. They outlaw other drugs like that just not cigarettes

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