Nobody should drink alcohol or abuse drugs.<quoted text>Nobody needs to smoke. If smoking was prohibited, health care costs in America would be cut in half. Smoking is the number one cause of cancer, heart disease and stroke. 46% of lung cancer cases are caused by secondhand smoke. 60% of house fires are caused by dropped cigarettes. Thousands of endangered sea turtles eat butts thrown on our beaches and die from stomach cancer. Like the possession of deadly firearms, it's time for the Government to outlaw this filthy, deadly habit. They should render the firearms industry and tobacco industry sad relics from America's past, like Bush and Reagan. Hopefully President Obama can accomplish these goals before his third term.
Alcohol-related problems cost society more than $175 billion a year. Alcohol addiction causes thousands of deaths each year. Alcohol use by underage youths is the most frequently abused substance by young people 12 to 17 years old.
Drug and alcohol abusers are at higher risk for socially unacceptable behaviors such as becoming involved in crime, unsafe sex or self-inflicted injuries. Children and teenagers who abuse drugs and alcohol have a higher drop-out rate than non-users. Substance abuse during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, birth defects, still-born births and infants with learning disabilities.
According to a 2009 report by the National Business Group on Health, up to 40 percent of industrial fatalities and 47 percent of industrial injuries are linked to alcohol use, and employees who use drugs are five times more likely to file a workers' compensation claim than workers who don't.
The PC police have decided only one vice should be demonized by creating public hysteria though. And it was pretty easy for them to do. That's what's most disturbing.