Smokers Want Cigarettes Banned, Too

#Drugs

Wed, Nov 16th, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the Project-Syndicate's Peter Singer, 6 million people die every year from smoking. That's more than AIDS, malaria, and traffic accidents combined.

As Proctor says, cigarettes, not guns or bombs, are the deadliest artifacts in the history of civilization. If we want to save lives and improve health, nothing else that is readily achievable would be as effective as an international ban on the sale of cigarettes. (Eliminating extreme poverty worldwide is about the only strategy that might save more lives, but it would be far more difficult to accomplish.)

For those who recognize the state's right to ban recreational drugs like marijuana and ecstasy, a ban on cigarettes should be easy to accept. Tobacco kills far more people than these drugs.

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