Monday, August 18, 2008

Hyperbolic Circular Argument of the Day

Smoking ban debates are old and tiresome by now and no one really cares that much anymore around here, but still it gets some coverage in the media elsewhere in the state where the ban is newer. This made me laugh:
[Bar manager] Sam Mrofcza said he does not have a problem abiding by the ban, but does not approve of more personal restrictions.

"If they're going to take it this far, (they should) just make (cigarettes) illegal, and while they're at it, they might as well make alcohol illegal," Mrofcza said. "And we all know how prohibition went."

Yeah, OK. I think you answered your own question, Sam, as to why no one is proposing an outright “ban” on cigarettes. Like the crazy war on drugs, it would be counterproductive, putting strain on law enforcement and creating a huge black market. Strict regulation and taxation works much better and still allows people to engage in their vices while not hurting anyone else. So just relax Sam.

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