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    Future drug law plausibilities

    Discussion in 'Research' started by OurJud, Sep 10, 2015.

    Does it seem logical that in a future society, regular tobacco cigarettes would have been outlawed, while many of the amphetamine type highs available on the street have been legalised (under controlled measures)?

    Perhaps I need to do a little research in terms of the number of fatalities from amphetamines, compared to those attributed to cigarettes, in order to back this scenario up, but with the government's health drive growing ever-stronger it seems like a foregone conclusion that cigarettes will eventually be made illegal.

    My only worry is that it seems a little contradictory to suggest the same government would have legalised certain other drugs.

    And yes, I am aware that certain types of 'legal highs' are available over the counter (or at least they were a few years ago).

    I can easily scrap the legal highs angle, but I would be interested in your thoughts regarding what the future may have in store for the tobacco industry.
     
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    I doubt they'd be outlawed. Perhaps so excessively taxed that their use falls (which has happened). I just don't see popular support for outlawing them entirely. Big money will always be the primary driver.
     
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    Mmm, I'm only using this idea as decoration, really. As a subtle sign post that the novel is set in the near-future.

    I may drop it from the final draft.

    Thanks.
     
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    I'm sure you would find Dr Carl Hart's findings useful as research material in this area. I am, in no way, shape or form promoting his work, nor do I support his claims. However, the controversy surrounding the subject that he has sparked could be relevant to your work.
     
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