Do you think this could cause a black market where people will sell non-taxed cigarettes? Do you think there could be poor outcomes by policing the black market cigarettes where say, police end up killing a man? Eric Garner's family would think there could be a problem here.
Whatever the source of the whole FDA was. I got a B- in con law but I think the "interstate commerce" clause is the the all-purpose answer to anything you don't like.
The founding fathers being largely tobacco farmers, I doubt you could find an "originalist" argument for it.
I guess if we're going to be authoritarian, it may as well be the one that I agree withNot at all. I think we are just pretty much screwed and will end up in an authoritarian state regardless because that is what will fill that vacuum
What I think will happen isn't what I want to happen
I mean, the major brand of menthols is "Kool." What kid wouldn't want to smoke cool cigarettes?
I'm only half-serious, but I do think that does kind of markets to kids whether intentional or not.
Anyway, I wouldn't ban anything including cocaine, weed, cigarettes, alcohol, etc. Just makes laws that require actual effective warnings regarding the nature of the product and let the civil legal system handle products that either don't provide an adequate warning or are not fit for their intended purpose.
[...] This is about kids. [...] I'm way more Libertarian than most people but protecting kids from addiction [...] is one of the few things that government is for.
Did not know that. I guess I just think of Kools whenever I think of menthols.
OK, maybe usually, but even a broken clock is right twice per day.
Would you say all laws are just?
Again, I don't care and I'm not intellectually inept to the point that foolish libertarian arguments will sway me.
If you smoke and get sick you go to the hospital and you cost zillions to treat and keep alive all before you die. Once you're sick enough you get on medicare or medicaid and burden the rest of us due to a filthy habit that should have been banned decades ago.
Even libertarians realize the folly of they way when faced with the choice between death and millions in treatment bills vs the government teat, no?
That said, I've always been one who supports a person's freedom. If you don't want health insurance and you get sick, you should be allowed to die peacefully at your own expense. Perhaps a vending machine for morphine out back behind the hospitals with lawn chairs would suffice. Same with cigarettes and crack/meth, but the minute we have to house/jail/treat on the public dime I'm done.
I used to smoke Marlboros. I always carried a pack of unfiltered Camels for someone who was bumming. Those people never asked for a 2nd oneDid not know that. I guess I just think of Kools whenever I think of menthols.
I quit smoking about 19 years ago. I did smoke a few menthols, but only when I ran out and had to bum from a random stranger in a bar. I decided then that it was the best way to stop people from bumming from you. Those things are pretty nasty and feel really weird in your lungs. I guess I always assumed they were worse for you because of the tingling/burning in your lungs, but I guess they really aren't any worse than a regular cigarette.
I used to smoke Marlboros. I always carried a pack of unfiltered Camels for someone who was bumming. Those people never asked for a 2nd one