Uploaded on Jun 18, 2011
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There are many pros and cons for allowing the legality of alcohol and tobacco in our country.
Alcohol and tobacco have been a part of human life for a very long time. If the government decided to prevent the use of alcohol and tobacco, many people would be very angry. They would probably already be addicted to the substances and would attempt to illegally find some. Other drugs like cocaine and marijuana have been sold to drug addicts. The black market would just gain another drug in their already vast array of choices. The Eighteenth Amendment made alcohol illegal, but people still drank it. The amendment gave life to more bootleggers, and most people didn't lose their desire for alcohol. An American historian, Thomas A. Bailey, wrote, "You can't legislate against a thirst." The Eighteenth Amendment quickly got repealed.
Alcohol and tobacco are taxable products, and if they are banned, revenue to the government would be lost. A large amount of Americans drink alcohol and use tobacco. They all pay large amounts of taxes. The government receives millions of dollars from users. Why would the government attempt to get rid of alcohol and tobacco when they are receiving money? We are already seriously in debt and need all of the money that we can receive.
There are more dangerous drugs in the world than alcohol and tobacco. If people didn't use tobacco and alcohol, they might use more lethal drugs like cocaine and marijuana. One dose of meth can kill a person or make them a serious addict. Alcohol and tobacco are not that dangerous.
If alcohol and tobacco were to be made illegal, people with a lower income could not buy them. The diseases that are related to alcohol and tobacco would occur less frequently. The large amount of the accidents that are related to alcohol would decrease. For an example, a lot of car accidents happen. Some of the accidents have people who drank too much alcohol. If people couldn't get alcohol, then many accidents wouldn't happen. Many people's lives would be reshaped if a ban would occur. Their future health would most likely be better. They wouldn't get cancer or lose their teeth.
There are numerous people in the United States who choose to use alcohol and tobacco. They probably wouldn't stop using them. If they were to be caught with tobacco or alcohol, they could be fined, so the government could receive more money.
Alcohol and tobacco use have been linked to poor performances in school. If teens couldn't receive alcohol or tobacco from an irresponsible adult, then they would be able to better in school. Maybe the work force would have more responsible men and women. They wouldn't have alcohol or tobacco in their way, and they might have a better education.
If there was a ban of alcohol and tobacco, many bad and good things will happen. It is difficult to know if the present society would behave similarly or differently to past societies.
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