Why Are Cigarettes Legal?

United States
February 3, 2007 3:45pm CST
This discussion was inspired by the "why is alcohol legal?" discussion. I've always wondered this- cigarettes have been proven to cause all sorts of terrible diseases (cancer, for example), so why is it still legal when other harmful drugs are not? I don't think it's as like alcohol, which can sometimes actually be beneficial (wine in small doses is good for your heart, I believe). Anyone have any insights? (I mean this post with no offense whatsoever for those who smoke)
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@ondo1015 (1884)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
because the gov.'t benefits from the tax. This is a big business, so we cannot avoid this as long as our gov't are corrupt.
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@sirora (56)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Because it is the man's way of killing off people.. Legally.. Just like alchol knowing people will abuse it and aids.. which was put in this world by the man.. The story about a bullshit monkey is ridicolous.
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@adnan82 (673)
• Pakistan
4 Feb 07
there is Only rEason . to Earn revenue n tax :)
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@blastrail (347)
• India
4 Feb 07
I think that is because they make some money. Otherwise there cannot be that motive to make them legal.
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• Pakistan
4 Feb 07
In our country Pakistan alchol is babbed bt ciggrates r legal...i think it is so because ciggrate donot harm the smoker as much as other alchols do.. and country also gains lots of profit by ciggrate companies..!!
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@max1950 (2313)
• United States
4 Feb 07
how about population control,but at least they let you know it on the side of the box
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@kritipen (4083)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I totally agree with you that Cigs are bad for health. But as usual with many things that people are habituated, ban doesn't work. If you make cigs illegal, black market will develop and people will start depending on it. So money goes to some private pockets increasing black money.
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• Canada
4 Feb 07
the real question is "why ISNT weed legal?"
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@mmyaav (1)
• India
4 Feb 07
many people are addicted to it..!!!
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• India
4 Feb 07
who said they are legal govt gets more paid thru these tobbacco comp so they are running otherwise its never legal anywhere
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@deepshan (104)
• India
4 Feb 07
yes. its legal one no ne cant band it
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@seenkung (425)
• Malaysia
4 Feb 07
I think it is legal because cigrattes have been there since centuries ago.There will be a huge protest if it is banned.Sometimes, law can't make it happen due to people voices.
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@deepshan (104)
• India
4 Feb 07
yes it's legel one
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• India
4 Feb 07
ciggrates are legal because they do not harm much to the body
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@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
Welcome to the world of economics and commerce. The government keeps these "sin sticks" legal because they're one of the primary funders for their political campaigns. You scratch my back, I scratch yours.
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@gotcho0O (1258)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I don't know either. But I can give you my comments. There are some illegal gambling stuff right? And casinos are legal. And yet I don't know how to explain it. Well, let me just read some of the responses you got here.