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Smoking should be illegal Smoking should be legal
Debate Score:71
Arguments:47
Total Votes:87
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Smoking

If smoking was illegal in the U.S. then the air would be much less polluted than it is now!

Smoking should be illegal

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Smoking should be legal

Side Score: 43

The sole reason that I believe cigarettes should be illegal is because cannabis is illegal. This does not make sense to me. A harmless, enjoyable substance is illegal while a toxic, deadly substance is legal. Legalize them both, or make cigarettes illegal and cannabis legal.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
Somewhat(68) Disputed
1 point

'A harmless, enjoyable substance is illegal' says believeyoume

Really? Harmless? These are the effects Cannabis can have on the body:

-Paranoia

-Linked with people developping mental illnesses such as schizophrenia

-The user can't concentrate

-Lack of motivation

-Makes asthma worse and can lead to lung cancer

-Increases heart rate and effects blood pressure, so harmful for people with heart problems

-Effects on fertility (decreases sperm and ovulation)

-If user is pregnant, the baby could be stunted in growth

Harmless? Really?

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

All right here is a question for those who smoke.

How does smoking benefit you ? o.o

Side: Smoking should be illegal

Put a stop to being unhealthy.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
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GUYS GUYS guys just stop fighting if you wanna smoke do it but then don't complain when you have lung cancer and your laying in your death bed, AND ONE MORE THING when you smoking DONT FREAKING SMOKE IN MY FACE BECAUSE I DONT WANT LUNG CANCER LIKE OK ? KAPISH? COMPRENDO?

Side: Smoking should be illegal
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Side: Smoking should be illegal
0 points

I think it's funny that a lot of the people who smoke weed, want clean air.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
0 points

smoking should be illigal because its not only your life you are ruining its your families and the people aqnd children who become ill from passive smoking.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
gtride26(14) Disputed
-1 points

what does smoking weed have to do with clean air? Do you enjoy the warmth of a fire? or even the warmth in your home? Those cause pollution on a much grander scale than lighting up some weed

Side: Smoking should be legal
Somewhat(68) Disputed
1 point

1 person lighting up weed does not cause pollution to the same extent as a fire. But there is not 1 person smoking weed at any one moment.

There are probably more people smoking weed at this moment than there are fires. Probably 100 people to 1 fire.

Oh and, by the way, warming up your house has nothing to do with pollution: if you have a boiler and radiators, you are pretty much fine on the pollution front. They do not emit carbon dioxide or methane or any greenhouse gases. Only medieval house-warming systems are pollutive and, as I said before, cause minimal damage.

Also, if you breathe in weed... not just if you're smoking it, also from the fumes of others... it does much worse things to your body.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
3 points

This is a free country. Clean Air?

how about grumpy people?

Here's how it is folks:

We're becoming more and more like the USSR. We're basically becoming the USSA. first, it's the Conservatives who ban drugs. and, the Democrats don't even care. they don't want to make it legal. why? because politicians hate mind altering drugs. it makes the people less easy to bullshit (but, they'll give them plenty of Prozac and Ritalin since that stuff makes you a fuckin' zombie and listen to anything). And the Democrats want to seize property and distribute it to the poor.

Once they get that going, they just ban the right to bear arms and we're on our way to Carl Marx's dream. No drugs to open our mind and care less about what politicians have to say. No control over our own property. No weapons to fight back with.

four digits:

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Side: Smoking should be legal
JakeJ(3255) Disputed
3 points

1. I take Ritalin, to help me with school work, it works just fine, it doesn't put a spell on me that makes me a zombie that believes everything that people say. That is a ridiculous theory.

2. If you need mind altering drugs to "open your mind" you have a problem.

Side: Smoking should be illegal
ThePyg(6761) Disputed
0 points

many psychologists and physicists believe in the use of LSD in order to help them understand theories on either the working of the mind or theories on time and the Universe. i wouldn't say that they have a problem.

drugs like ritalin make people very easy to control. if you actually have a strong case of ADD or ADHD, then yes, ritalin isn't ass effective. but for the average American (whom it's not so hard to get their hands on drugs such as Ritalin, Prozac, or Zoloft) it makes them easy to control. the drugs that are banned are banned are the ones that make it hard for the government to keep control of. keep them on Prozac so that they won't give a shit on what we do.

Side: Smoking should be legal
3 points

I hugely dislike smoking. Not only because it is extremely unhealthy, pointless and a waste of money, but because any smoke I get stuck walking by in public, makes me want to kill myself. I have a slight allergy to smoke which causes breathing to decrease and brings on a headache. However, choosing it to be illegal, won't solve anything. Seriously. You can't stop anyone from getting cigs these days, not even a middle schooler. You can't forbid someone from smoking in their own home. And if it was illegal, it would mean fining and eventually, jailing, people disobeying the law. Jailing people for smoking illegally, would be all means, be a huger waste of money, time and space in our country.

Side: Smoking should be legal
3 points

Smoking is such a large industry. I don't know if we (the economy) can handle the entire industry going under. Also, smoking is typically known by most people to be linked to lung cancer, heart disease, etc. so I think most people understand it's bad for them. The bad thing is when people want other drugs to be legalized. For example, many people want marijuana legalized even though they don't really understand its negative side effects and its impact on the nervous system. I think most of the population, especially in the past few decades, has learned of the dangers of smoking cigarettes.

Side: Smoking should be legal
2 points

Banning smokers because you want clean air is like banning fish because you want clean water.

The 300 million cars on the road, and the thousands of coal-fired power plants and factories across the country generate more pollution then a billion smokers.

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."

- George Washington

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."

- Thomas Jefferson

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."

- Albert Einstein

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

- The 10th Amendment

God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat." … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31)

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point." - Barack Obama

"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"

- Henry Ford

"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana."

- Jimmy Carter

Side: Smoking should be legal
Warlin(1214) Disputed
2 points

Hemp isn't the same thing as weed goddammit. It's so much more diluted. You'd have to smoke your own body weight to get high off of that.

Side: Smoking should be legal
gtride26(14) Disputed
1 point

Hemp was a much broader term back in biblical days and the early in american histroy

Hemp (from Old English hænep, see cannabis (etymology)) is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis, although the term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use.

Side: Smoking should be legal

I sure wish they knew what Washington and Jefferson were talking about. Hemp was great for our economic needs back then...not MJ!

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

Me yelling at the weirdo pothead aside, smoking should be legal but there should be heavy restraints on it. Very heavy restraints. It should only be allowed outside and it should be a crime to smoke in the presence of children.

Edit:

...Didn't we... have this topic just last week?

Side: Smoking should be legal

Yes but that was drugs and MJ....THIS IS FOR TOBACCO PEOPLE!!!

Side: Smoking should be legal
gtride26(14) Disputed
0 points

so your saying i shouldnt be able to smoke in my own house? And why should it be illegal to smoke in the presence of children? Do you consume alcohol in the presence of children?

Side: Smoking should be legal
Warlin(1214) Disputed
3 points

Well technically, second-hand smoke is physical abuse, and the effects are long term. It's a fringish lawsuit at this point but the truth stands.

I guess I should have said it should be illegal to smoke in public centers rather than exclusively outside.

And no, I don't believe I consume alcohol in the presence of children. Most people really shouldn't either. It sets a bad example.

Side: Smoking should be legal
xaeon(1090) Disputed
3 points

Drinking alcohol around children doesn't make them drunk. When you smoke, the children around you also smoke.

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

It's amazing how people who can otherwise believe that they should be able to choose:

alcohol

weed

abortion

euthanasia

Can with a strait face, sit there and say cigarettes should be illegal, just because it offends their PC sensibilities. Smoking should remain legal.

1. there is no reasonable proof cigarettes cause cancer

2. there is no reasonable proof second hand smoke cause any health issues

3. and most importantly it's about freedom.

and I'll tell you something else, legal or not, if this push to add more and more taxes on tobacco continue we are going to see it become a black market . Then you're going to see kids killing each other and the Mexican government in war with those Evil Tobacco Cartels.

Side: Smoking should be legal
Cerin(203) Disputed
1 point

I believe in the right to choose those things, but I don't want to ban smoking completely. Only where it harms others, such as indoor public places. I still think it's disgusting, but have no problem with people smoking inside, or in their homes or private property.

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

If you really care about clear air, then hammers, SUV's, and various 'non-essential' industries should be banned before smoking

Side: Smoking should be legal
1 point

It should be legal because this is a free country isn't it, people have the mind to make their own decisions. If they decide to smoke then that's on them. Everyone knows they are harmful to the body and understand that they are contained of harmful chemicals BUT they decide to do that. The government should not be able to make tobacco illegal just because it's harmful. We understand that, we are all human beings and always have to put up with things we don't like... if someone doesn't like something people are told to deal with it. They have the age limit of buying tobacco at 18 and they should leave it at that, eventually people will quit because it gets old. But it's just like weed, it's banned and illegal but people always find a way to get it. So what makes you guys think if they make smoking cigarettes illegal that the smokers are going to quit? I know I never smoke around anyone who doesn't smoke unless I ask first. I never smoke around kids and I'm always smoking outside. There's nothing wrong with smoking cigarettes... at least it doesn't get you high and make you stupid and the same with alcohol, you get drunk and you act stupid... Cigarettes don't do that, it may hurt your body like alcohol but it doesn't make you do stupid things. This is why I believe cigarette smoking shouldn't be banned.

Side: Smoking should be legal
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