Pubdate: Thu, 10 May 2001
Source: Border Mail (Australia)
Copyright: 2001 Border Mail
Author: Lyndon Smith
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


THE recent payout to a bar attendant for cancer caused by passive smoking 
only makes the stand on drugs harder to understand.

Many people have a jaundiced, illogical view of drug addicts, even going so 
far as to consider them "dirty drug-taking scum".

But consider two drug addicts in the act of taking their drugs - one harms 
only themselves and the other inflicts potential death and suffering on 
others with seemingly not a care in the world.

Of course, the latter is a cigarette smoker, while the former is an illegal 
drug user.

A heroin user hurts no one else - in fact almost falls asleep, but a smoker 
at a bar is knowingly inflicting second hand smoke on non-smokers.

It's prohibition that causes the crime from illegal drugs - why not 
legalize them and then the only "dirty druggies" will be the tobacco and 
alcohol drug users and we'd all be better off.

Lyndon Smith
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