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Why are drug addicts considered as victims while smokers are considered as villains?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by richfootfastfate, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Hard drugs are illegal, yet facilities to use clean needles are available for addicts.
    You are more likely to be mugged/burgled/assaulted by a drug addict than any other member of society.
    Tobacco is sold legally. My generation was positively encouraged to smoke by allowing TV advertising for so long.
    The (disputed) link between passive smoking and cancer does not worry as many people as the fear of being mugged/burgled by an addict or assaulted by a drunken yob.
  2. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    i agree....
    i herald the day when all addictive vices especially drinking, are banned. you can't say one is ok but another isn't, like you say, it is hypocrisy. either ban them all, or legalise them all and don't complain about the consequences.
    i think the drinking vs. smoking is the worst hypocrisy and a real sign of the times we are living in. ie. it is ok for israel to break the geneva convention but it is not ok for muslims in the middle east to be pissed off with the west meddling in their affairs. or it is ok for the US and Brits to lie to justify a war in iraq, but it is not ok for everyone else.
    hmmmm, one could go on forever! suffice to say the stupidity of it is overwhelming, and no doubt will come to a head eventually.
  3. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    More people smoke than do drugs. It's out there, in the open. You can see who is a smoker. You can't see who is an addict.

    Know what, smokers are addicts too. I'd much rather have to hang out with a junkie coming clean than a smoker without a cigarette.
  4. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    They see smoking as a choice, and drugs as a true addiction.

    it is a double standard. It sucks.
  5. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    While we're on the subject, how come a drug like alcohol is absolutely fine socially, despite the suffering and anguish it causes, and weed isn't.

    I mean, who gets stoned and wants to fight/smash up the place/ do anything other then sit down, eat and talk crap. I cant for the life of me see how the health problems caused by it are worse than alcohol, especially with the purely alcohol related violence on every high street on a Friday and Saturday night... but there we are.

    But, to return to your question - you are quite right. There is a culture growing of rewarding people for making a mess of their lives, the welfare state supports people who, in many cases, cant be bothered to work, or for having children they cant support.

    Drug users is a fine example of this paradox. Bless 'em they had a hard life so they turned to drugs. Its just another way of dodging responsibility. Do what you want to do, be it drugs or booze, but take responsibility for it, and for your actions as a result.

    Once upon a time, when people DID'NT, the state would come down on you like a tonne of bricks, now it seems to not only allow it, but actively encourage it.
  6. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    smoking is start of any addiction. this is the first step towards the drugs. I don't know when our high officials will understand it and will ban the tobaco growing and will launch a compaign against smoking.
  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Probably because smokers are sometimes insensitive. I mean, sometimes, whenever I am out, I would see a lot of people smoking around, oftentimes, they would come near me, and the smell isn't so nice. They would even leave cigaratte butts lying on the pavements. It is very insensitive of them.
  8. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    That's a good question. I've never really considered smokers as victims. Even when I was smoking myself, I always regarded my habit as something that I needed to get rid off, a weakness. Whereas when I was addicted to alcohol, I viewed it as medicinal to help me numb and forget certain things in my life. It's really interesting that some drugs are more acceptable than others. Obviously, it's a different reality again if it comes to hard drugs.