Mitch McConnell is Not My Mother: Smoking Ages and Federal Tyranny
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Mitch McConnell is Not My Mother: Smoking Ages and Federal Tyranny

Mitch McConnell has proposed raising the age to purchase all tobacco products from 18 to 21. This patronizing policy will fail in execution, regardless of how many totalitarian representatives vote in favor of this bill.

While the US is complacent in genocide against Yemen, is crippling the public with taxes and regulations, and destroying our right to privacy, McConnell’s priority seems to be to further restrict liberty.

Mitch McConnell will Fail because Prohibition Always Fails

As if the opioid crisis doesn’t already prove this to be the case, prohibition (including age restrictions) does not work.

As Dr. Kyle Varner points out: “Prohibition pushes people towards the dirty heroin needle.” While tobacco does kill, it is far safer in the short run than heroin. By making it harder to get tobacco, McConnell is tacitly encouraging young people to seek other drugs.

There are always loopholes, too. While I don’t smoke, it was extremely to easy to get tobacco in high school. Whether it was a senior or other members of the community, someone would sell tobacco to make a buck. Increasing the age from 18 to 21 will not change that.

Vaping Bans: Corporate Protectionism over Public Health

In the introduction to The Long Game: A Memoir, Mitch McConnell admits that his life can be summarized as the pursuit of power. He does not care about public health. To know this for certain, consider that he also wants to raise the age to buy vaping products to 21 as well. Even though vaping products frequently have no tobacco and is used to quit smoking, McConnell is clearly asserting his own power in some way. Vaping is a relatively new industry. Smoking, however, is well established.

With this in mind, cigarette companies can afford these regulations. Vaping companies, however, will be hit much harder. The federal war on e-cigs is merely protectionism for big tobacco. While tobacco companies may take a small hit, the long-term gains is much greater when their competition, vaping products, dies of regulation. Even though vaping is two times as effective at getting people to quit smoking than nicotine patches, Mitch McConnell prioritizes his own power and corporate interests over the health of his society.

In other words, prohibition is tyrannical. It is patronizing. Mitch McConnell is trying to be my mother and tell me what I can and cannot do with my body. Perhaps instead of banning cigarettes, one could expand liberty and discourage smoking by excluding smokers from Medicare/Medicaid coverage.

This would save taxpayers millions and encourage people to stop smoking. Instead of banning smoking, we should move to end subsidies for big tobacco, whether they be direct through checks from the government or indirectly through government healthcare for smokers. Prohibition does not work, especially when the prohibited substance receives subsidies. But Mitch McConnell will never end these subsidies. If he did that, he would lose influence. Mitch McConnell puts power over people and fear over freedom.

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2 thoughts on “Mitch McConnell is Not My Mother: Smoking Ages and Federal Tyranny

  1. Big Brother is also trying to tax them out of existence by making smokers risk poverty. When I started smoking in 1958, every restaurant or store had a cigarette machine at the entrance with tobacco for sale at $0.25/pack. Yesterday I paid $13 for a pack of Phillip Morris. The tobacco companies don’t get this extra, Your local mayor and city council pocket it. States and cities would go bankrupt in a week if a total prohibition of tobacco ever was passed.

    I started vaping five years ago and have cut my combustible tobacco use down to six cigarettes a day from 40. As you point out, the government thinks they can restrict that through regulation (mainly because they haven’t figured out yet how to tax it). Well, any bright high school student who has taken at least one semester of chemistry can manufacture their own fluid with OVER THE COUNTER ingredients for almost nothing. I make straight, non-flavoured fluid for the equivalent of $10/CARTON. Nicotine itself is NOT harmful (no cancer) used this way, it is just the addictive drug that rides in the toxic smoke of a cigarette. By vaping, I avoid carbon monoxide, ammonia, tars, etc. I’m still addicted to nicotine, but it doesn’t ruin my health and costs me about a beer a week.

  2. Our border has collapsed, we’ve had a near coup, there are trillions of tax dollars sloshing around DC and is a massive corrupting force, and these clowns are worried about the smoking age? Politicians are scum.

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