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  •  So, your original point was inaccurate (1+ / 0-)
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    We can talk about what the state should, or shouldn't do, in response to these numbers, but the fact is that tobacco kills.

    By contrast, alcohol doesn't kill, in and of itself.  Taking your argument - which I know you're only making for the sake of a point - we should ban food because overuse can cause all kinds of health problems.  I don't see a need for the government to dictate what people consume, whether it's food, alcohol, drugs or tobacco.

    •  alcohol doesn't kill? surely you jest? (0+ / 0-)

      Alcohol is overtly cytotoxic: it kills cells.  It kills cells by dissolving the fats in the cell membranes.  

      Getting roaring drunk costs about 30,000 brain cells, which take years go grow back.  Someone who gets drunk a couple of times a month can end up with a net deficit of a half million brain cells per year.  

      LD50 for alcohol is a blood alcohol level of 0.40%, which is to say four-tenths of one percent.  

      A few hundred people each year die from acute alcohol toxicity.  Many of them are college students, such as frat rats during "initiations" that entail consuming enormous doses of alcohol.  

      Cases of deaths due to acute nicotine poisoning are rare enough to be individually reportable in the peer reviewed literature, for example:

      The victim was a suicide who ingested a solution of extracted nicotine in order to kill herself.  


      Speaking of nicotine, according to cigarette smokers who have switched to pipes, it takes two pipefuls to equal one cigarette in terms of the effects of the nicotine.  

      A full pipe takes about 1/2 hour to smoke, longer if it's got a large bowl.   A cigarette takes about 10 minutes to smoke.  So one cigarette supplies twice the nicotine in 1/6 the time.  That's how addictions happen: dosage and uptake rate.  Coca tea won't get you hooked, but crack sure will.  


      Anyway, my conclusion is the same as yours:  Government and parastatal entities such as private corporations, have no right to dictate what you put into your body, with exceptions that are few and far between such as crack (inhaled freebase of cocaine, immediately addictive) and meth (which produces paranoid schizophrenia in a matter of days).  

      Eat, drink, smoke, and be merry.  

      And as for kids, the biggest health hazard for them in the average home is TV.  

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