Let's tax tobacco and alcohol? 36 replies

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Quetron

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#31 10 years ago
Karst;4455525Made it legal? With some regional, temporary exceptions, as well as the historic exception marked by the Prohibition (which didn't last long), alcohol and tobacco have been legal across most of the world throughout history. And that's the main reason why they never could have been effectively outlawed, compared to newer drugs that don't have the same social importance. But as for the topic at hand: I do agree with taxing tobacco and maybe alcohol to some degree, but for only one reason - making it more difficult for (young) teenagers to buy. Once a person reaches the late teenage years and early adulthood, their paycheck shouldn't decide weather or not they can or can't take tobacco or alcohol.

I guess that leaves driving out to ay? I would rather have a kid see that yummy peice of candy on the counter, but reject it knowing it would ruin their appetite.




Mr. Pedantic

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#32 10 years ago
Wine is still recommended for good kidney function.

That's actually because of the grapes, not the alcohol. The reason you're supposed to drink it in moderation is because if you drink too much, the detrimental properties of the alcohol nullify the benefits of the grapes.




Karst

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#33 10 years ago
Quetron;4457298I guess that leaves driving out to ay? I would rather have a kid see that yummy peice of candy on the counter, but reject it knowing it would ruin their appetite.

Obviously, but information campaigns aimed at turning children away from cigarettes or alcohol have not exactly been successful in the past.




akki7147

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#34 10 years ago

good idea, but its not in our hands to decide this.




Cookie1456

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#35 10 years ago
Killer Kyle;4449038 As far as alcohol, I'm ok with that. Alcohol has no chemicals in it that would cause dependence. Basically, anyone that gets addicted to it is an idiot (especially violently addictive).

Im pretty sure ethanol affects GABA in a way that causes physical addiction considering that withdrawal is unpleasant and potentially lethal.




Kalieko

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#36 10 years ago
Quetron;4450217But here is the deal, why exactly did any gov make tobacco and booze legal ? almostworld wide

Because when the government just started to form most of them smoked or drinked. This then caused the public to think wow if there smoking and drinking then will be cool. Just think about it the people who started the trend are now trying to stop it. :confused:




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#37 10 years ago

The government has no say in how I choose to live my life, unless I violate the rights of others. Trying to influence how I live my forcing me to pay more for it is unethical. Those in favor of such taxes often cite higher health care costs as a problem, and I agree. But the problem here is not the tobacco and alcohol, but social health care systems. I shouldn't have to pay more for my lifestyle choices - but neither should you.