Why is smoking cigarettes legal?

Smoking causes cancer. Smoking kills. Smoking can create problems when pregnant. Smoking damages your lungs.

Television commercials for tobacco are prohibited. Sponsorship of tobacco companies in sports events is not allowed. Most restaurants in U.S and Europe are smoke free. Many bars in the U.S are smoke free. In Europe, the word “Lights” cannot be displayed on the package because it is deceiving.

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a marketing executive of Philip Morris USA. He was proud because Philip Morris USA advertises in such a way that non-smokers will never be exposed to the advertisements. How? They just send direct mail to their database of smokers.

So if cigarettes are so dangerous why are they still legal? Here are two main reasons I can think of:

1) The power of tobacco companies. Only Philip Morris International employs about 75,000 people. Imagine if tobacco was made illegal how the unemployment rates would change. Let’s face it. Tobacco companies have a lot of power, possibly inside connections and the economics are not in anyone’s interest. What is the value of money versus the value of life?

2) Government revenues. I already did the math of how much money the government would earn by an increase in tobacco tax in this post. The truth is that tobacco tax is a major source of revenues for governments. Using the excuse of cigarettes being an unhealthy option and that demand will decrease with a price increase,  and taking into advantage the addiction of smokers, governments raise taxes and enjoy the benefits of the additional money. Try buying a pack of cigarettes in the U.K for example. This website shows that the tax revenues from tobacco in 2007 in England were about $10 billion dollars.

Despite the above reasons, I predict that smoking cigarettes will be made illegal in the next 10 to 20 years. Governments (especially in EU countries and the U.S) are in a slow process to prohibit smoking in any public venue. In certain places in the U.S you are only allowed to smoke in certain areas on a street. Many university campuses are trying to make it illegal to smoke on campus. The process will be slow, but the new generation is growing up in a mostly smoke free environment. Tobacco smoking will not be the norm and as it eventually fades out, it will also become illegal so that we can justify the current rising taxes.

A.

15 Responses to Why is smoking cigarettes legal?

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  3. Anonymous says:

    THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION :)

  4. anonymous says:

    I still dont get it. Smoking kills. Making money off peoples lives is wrong!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s disgusting. The only way to stop them is for everyone that smokes to wake up and quit.

  6. rasela says:

    come on nigahs its never gonna be illegal because as long as the governments around?????

  7. kirby says:

    fuck al you mother fuckers go and suck on biebers cick

  8. kirby says:

    i am a fucking lezbo suck on my minge and this is for anyone out there who gets horney whenever they just feel like sucking on someones cock

  9. Anonymous says:

    hey kirby i dont know you but once i was getting so horney that i ran into the bartroom and locked the door and i started to freak out because there was this hot guy in there and he was like what the fuck is this. then he stood up took off all his clothes and started to fuck me i found out that his name was Carlos Byers that night we were just fucking on each other all night his balls were soooo amazing

  10. Dani says:

    thanks for all of the cursing kirby

  11. That’s exactly what I thought. Fucking government! Humans are fucking pussies. So they get addicted to drugs, sugar, alcohol, sex and who can forget, eating shit!

  12. Anonymous says:

    government wants money,even though peoples lives are more important than money ‘GTFO’ here government

  13. Susie says:

    So why put all the unnecessary chemicals in it?? And if smoking is legal everything else should be legal. Everyone says it’s just a money grab. They’d make a ton legalizing weed. Non of this shit makes sense period…. Free health care for the majority of Canadians but the government probably forks out more than they are making for people sick from the illnesses associated with tobacco use. It’s 2014. The rules regarding legal use of tobacco should be
    Looked at

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