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Old 02-05-2015, 09:56 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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If you look around, well, logically you could and probably should assume that the abuse of FOOD is the most destructive substance that a LOT of people abuse. Ciggies, wow, I cannot believe people still smoke them thingies..........and throw the dang butts anywhere and everywhere!!!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Retroit View Post
The article's reasoning is like saying that since more people die in car crashes than from jumping off of tall buildings, driving is more deadly than jumping off tall buildings. A lot more people smoke cigarettes than take heroin.
Agreed. Kind of conning yourself to believe ;my bad is as bad; so it must be OK.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:24 AM
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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Originally Posted by Iaskwhy View Post
However, I would still say that typical cigarette use is more deadly than typical cocaine use.
In my youth I knew people that used cocaine on a recreational basis. This was typically a "once in a while thing" where they would buy a small amount to use on a Friday or Saturday night among friends. As such, it would be comparable to someone who smokes the occasional cigar on the weekend, or occasionally buys a pack of cigarettes when at the bar once in a while. None of these behaviours are likely to have any adverse effects on someone's health over the short nor the long term. Even chronic use of tobacco can be managed in society without any kind of adverse effect on your professional or social life.

However, if someone starts using cocaine at the same rate that a habitual smoker uses tobacco, I'd wager the cokehead has a far more likely chance of dying directly or indirectly as a course of his habit. Habitual tobacco use will lead to emphysema and/or cancer over the long term. Habitual cocaine use lends itself to crippling addiction, possible overdose, hepatitis/AIDS infection from dirty needles or prostitution, and possibly taking a bullet if you start trafficking in an effort to feed your habit. Cocaine not only carries with it the inherent heath risks, but an all-consuming addiction is inevitably going to create serious consequences in both your professional and social lives.

I have seen more than one snowblower completely ruin his or her life by letting "the occasional gram" get the best of them. I have yet to see a single person experience the same effect from tobacco.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:30 PM
Location: Keller, TX
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Yah, the problem with tobacco is the usage pattern. A drug you use every day without fail, 10 to 20 or even 40 times per day?!? Just weird.

Being honest with myself, I probably average about one cigarette every three weeks. Less than a pack a year. I enjoy it those rare times I have one. No tolerance, no nic fits.

Probably hit the hookah lounge every 5-6 months too.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:15 PM
Location: Hyrule
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Well, let's make them legal and give it about 40 years, those numbers will change. A lot more people will use the last 3 if they are free to do so. It's all a problem really, including almost every other thing we do. I still think it should all be legal though.
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