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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 2 months ago

If the government cares about people's health so much why don't they ban smoking completely.?

I understand that it's not as likely to hospitalize people immediately, but it's something we can do without as it still makes people have a higher chance of lung cancer and all that.

Update:

In terms of the way the government is keeping us inside because of the coronavirus in order to keep people safe and well, but they wont ban other things like smoking that affects people's health.

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  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    It's complicated because it's part of our nativity as a nation,  meaning that it is sort of grandfathered in.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it is NOT THE ROLE of government to legislate public morality, that's why. That has already been tried once in US history, with Prohibition in the early 20th century. The government tried to legislate public morality by banning people from drinking and banning the sale of alcohol. And the result was an unmitigated DISASTER for all concerned. In some ways, the US is STILL PAYING for the mistakes made during the Prohibition era, a full century after the fact. We still have organized crime- something that had its start during that time. And there are plenty of other ways that Prohibition has impacted modern life.

    The decision to drink alcohol or smoke tobacco is a personal one. It's none of the government's business. And it's worth noting that most US states depend on tax revenues from the sale of both alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to fund their governments.

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