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Will smoking cigarettes ever be illegal in the US?

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by codeofthegrave, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Or they should at least make some kind of law saying that you can ONLY smoke inside your home. That would eliminate all the second hand smoke that nonsmokers and children have to walk though to get where they are going.
  2. MrsJones

    MrsJones Community Listener Community Listener

    I bet the tobacco industry would really raise sand if a bill/law was passed to make it illegal to smoke period.

    I say this because it is illegal in some establishments to smoke inside and some cases outside as well for how long now? I remember when that first came about and all the hoopla that followed.
  3. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    No. The government profits too much from tobacco and the general public wouldn't want to pay for the costs of enforcing laws to make it illegal.

    Marijuana is illegal. Since it is illegal, users don't have to pay any tax on it. Does having marijuana be illegal make it not exist? Of course not. In fact, it is easier for a minor to get marijuana than tobacco. It is smoked by many people regardless of whether it is legal or not.

    Most people do not want to pay extra taxes to fund SCHIP and all of the state programs that smokers currently pay for. Most people don't want to pay for extra manpower and equipment to find tobacco law-breakers. Most people don't want to pay for more jails and prisons to house all of the new criminals who chose to break the tobacco laws.

    Many people don't think that our laws about marijuana have worked very well and they are frustrated about how much money the US spends to enforce those laws. They feel that it would be the same with tobacco. We already have HEFTY fines for people who smoke marijuana and we even put those people in prison for it. However, marijuana use still is common. Why would making tobacco illegal work any better to solve the issue than it has for marijuana?
  4. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Making cigarettes illegal would cause more problems than it would solve. Too many people are addicted, and rather than stop those people from smoking, it would probably just cause people to grow their own tobacco, or buy it off some dealer on the street (similar to how people get marijuana). The government would lose a ton of money, since they put a large amount of tax on cigarettes, and to top it off, the jails would be packed even more than they already are because of the great surge of new people being brought up on charges for tobacco use. In today's society, I just don't see this idea working out.
  5. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    Be patient. Government can only violate so many rights at a time. If they do it too quickly we'll catch on and they'll be forced to find productive employment. Besides, prohibition never works.

    Government powerful enough to give you what want is also powerful enough to take what you have.

    I think you need to do some reading. "The Law" by Frederick Bastiat would be a good start, then maybe, "The Adventures of Johnathan Gullible" by Ken Schoolland.
  6. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    Why would they? They make too much money off people killing themselves with those death sticks. They need big Tobacco to keep selling so they can continue to draw taxes from both the customers and tobacco companies.

    When you get older, you realize most of the laws in this world are about profit, not morality or right/wrong.
  7. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    If they make it illegal to smoke in the US, they will need to find another revenue source, very quickly. Look at the statistics

    Federal tobacco taxes are billions of dollars each year. Each state also collects taxes totaling in the millions if not billions.

    Once the smokers are not paying a disproportionate amount of tax, they will come after you to raise the billions. Alcohol won't raise enough, fast food and junk food won't raise enough, so they are going to have to hike your property tax, your meal tax, your food tax, your gas tax, your tax credits will have to go away etc etc etc.
  8. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    As others have already said, the government makes too much money when it comes to the sale of tobacco so I'd have to agree and say it will never be made illegal.

    Even if it ever was, just because its illegal doesn't automatically mean that people aren't going to stop doing it.
  9. Anahap

    Anahap Member

    I highly doubt smoking will ever be illegal in the US. But then again, who knows? Once the number of smokers drops to a small percentage of the population and the amount of money the tobacco industry makes drops as well, we might see a ban on cigarettes.
  10. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    The "only smoke inside your house" law could be. But I doubt that they will ever made smoking illegal. And no country (at least from what I know) made it so. Also, smoking is prohibited outside of the house in European countries, mostly. It isn't a western thing.
  11. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    To my understanding tobacco industry is preponderantly resourceful in US, and it becoming illegal there would mean affecting the whole international tobacco industry, which nobody would like to see ever. It brings way too much money and whether you like it or not, it helps build what you see in society today! :)
  12. The way I see it, the tobacco industry is too crucial to the economy (anywhere in the world), that the chances of it ever becoming an illegal substance are slim to none. If you look back to the days when alcohol was made illegal, access to the substance was never out of reach. Illegal syndicates and smugglers will always find ways to monetize illegal substances.
  13. Lizel

    Lizel Community Champion

    I don't think so, because if a person gets addicted the government earns tons of money from all of the addicts buying cigarettes or e-cigarettes, or whatever that brings them the joy to experience nicotine.
  14. sbatz72

    sbatz72 Active Contributor

    What about the second hand smoke to your children and all others in the house who do not smoke. I do not think it is ever a wise idea to smoke inside the home or any enclosed structure. I think it is best to smoke outside. This eliminates all dangers of third hand smoke also.
  15. Anahap

    Anahap Member

    Definitely, however smoking indoors if the room has good ventilation should be fine, as long as nobody else is in the room. But I find it hard to believe the government could ban smoking in your own house.
  16. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I highly doubt smoking will ever be illegal, so many people would protest... the government would never do that. It's like asking if I think alcohol will ever be illegal, I doubt it ever will and I am pretty sure alcohol has caused more deaths than smoking has.
  17. srofltank

    srofltank Member


    Smoking has been around in the United States for decades and although it has a notorious reputation within our society today, there are a lot of reasons why the government probably wouldn't ban smoking. We tried prohibiting alcohol before--guess what happened because of that. In addition the government earns a lot of money from tobbaco sales in the United States. It's undeniable that cigarettes are unhealthy but hey, it's not like the government cares about us anyway--they just care about their profits.
  18. Cellador

    Cellador Member

    If the authorities at all levels, federal, state, county etc., have any sense at all they will not attempt to make smoking illegal. There would be outcry from all sides: the companies will have a field day, the personal rights groups, left to right, would "cry havoc," and they would be right too, and there would almost certainly develop a black market, just like with other drugs or alcohol back in the 1920s.

    Top-down prohibitions hardly ever work. The real way to go, I think, is through education and, I dare say, anti-tobacco propaganda. The number of smokers is on the decline, not only because we die out (which we do), but also because smoking is more and more recognised as harmful and costly, but also, and this is important, extremely 'uncool.' The uncoolness factor will resonate with young people much better than any federal legislation, which in this case, might even have the opposite effect.
  19. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    They already have laws that don't allow you to smoke in public places. Smoking cigarettes might not ever be illegal tho. Companies make way too much money of off cigarettes unfortunately, and would fight against it with lawyers and such. The best there doing is not allowing it in public places. It being illegal may not happen any time soon.
  20. harold

    harold Community Champion

    I do not believe that smoking can ever be banned in the United States. The best you could get, would be to have smoking banned from certain public places. Legislation already does that. The companies selling cigarettes are ready to fight the ban to any extent. Smokers have already made they rich. The smokers themselves will join in the fight. I have seen situations where smokers remained restless for the entire day because they did not smoke. It is just a difficult situation to see such a ban passed.