Cannabis, prozac and aspirin are not addictive drugs.
I've got no problem with folks smoking bud, but it is psychologically addictive, as is prozac. Persistent users of aspirin develop tolerances which require higher doses and result in physical withdrawal symptoms.
All drugs alter the chemical composition of our bodies. They work, therefore they're habit forming.
Smoking is one of the few drugs that do not actually have any real benefits when one takes into account those that are engaging in self-medication.
With the weak excuses you give for aspirin, coffee and prozac, I'm sure a medical benefit could be concocted. Something to do with nicotine's activation of linguistic centers of the brain or clearing up acne, perhaps. The medical establishment used to prescribe cigarettes for various illnesses and now declares that they have no use whatsoever. It's a familiar story.
I know smoking isn't healthy. Neither is constantly thinning your blood (aspirin), replacing sleep with stimulants (coffee) or medicating away your sorrows (prozac). The causes of my smoking might be easier to eliminate than high blood pressure (aspirin), fatigue (coffee) or loneliness and alienation (prozac). Huh, maybe not.
Your smoking and your associated higher than average health care costs, at least in Canada with our health care system, costs *me* money. That's why it is a problem.
My experience with the Canadian health care system, as a Canadian, was of getting turned away from the emergency room while my arm swelled up like a grapefruit. $200 cash before I could talk to a nurse! At least when the United States takes Medicare out of my income it admits that I don't have health coverage.
My being poor is "associated higher than average health care costs" but nobody gives a shit about that. Don't worry about it: Just like welfare, which offers $150 a month in areas where a slum-closet cost $500, healthcare is a myth for most of the poor.
You assume that if I get sick I'll get treatment (a suspect assumption in my experience), well don't worry: If I get hit by a car tomorrow, I'll cost you money. If I get infected from my apartment, I'll cost you money. If I become unemployed, I'll cost you money. If the entire social welfare net you imagine to be in place really isn't, I'll cost you money when the police pick me up for loitering. Why look for cancer in twenty years when I could cost so much now?
I don't care because your tax cuts cost me money, your deficit spending cost me money, your development projects, subsidies and social insurance cost me money. When I rise out of the slum-hole I'll get to pay down the national mortgages which largely paid for the Cold War, corporate tax cuts and social programs that were cancelled after I got on the scene.
With all the shit going wrong, we spend hundreds of millions vilifying with smokers? Maybe it's just my position in society, but I can think of more effective ways to spend that money.
Excuse me. The Chevron refinery just had another toxic gas leak and I have to close all the windows.
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