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I am not supporting drug trafficking or drug consuming, but there is something about it which had never stopped puzzling me.
Dealing and smuggling hard drugs, like Heroin, are severely punished in many countries, not a few countries even carry the death penalty.
All this despite the well known fact, that consuming cigarettes are far more common and the death toll is quite staggering. China is not an exception.
In China alone, 600,000 smoking-related deaths occur annually and it is estimated that one-third of all young men in China will be killed by tobacco if current smoking rates continue.
Why Heroin and similar drugs are punished with the death penalty.
And the far more devastating addiction to tobacco has been legalized, you can buy and sell and you can carry them through any airport.
In the first case the poppy fields of farmers are going to be destroyed (surely okay with me), but the tobacco farmers in many countries are even subsidized.
Can anyone give me a reasonable explanation for this ?
Basing from the fact, that China has 63 percent male smokers, I assume that the proportion in this forum might reach at least 50 percent smokers.
I did smoke, too, more than 25 years ago, so I know how it is.
I also know how hard it is to stop.
But, as a cigarette smoker in this forum, would you not feel uncomfortable calling for the death penalty of drug smugglers ?
Does no one see the close relation between tobacco and other drugs ?