Sunday, August 01, 2004
The WHO Global Treaty on Tobacco: A Smokescreen for More Government Control
Can smoking potentially cause serious health problems? Yes. Does the smoke from cigars and cigarettes often irritate nonsmokers? Yes. But the affirmative answer to these questions does not answer more fundamental questions: Should government interfere with the production, sale, and consumption of tobacco products? Is it the government’s duty to use taxpayers’ money to propagandize for nonsmoking or to use its taxing powers to manipulate the costs of smoking?
In the free society the role of government is to secure our lives, liberty, and property. It is not the responsibility of government to “re-educate” us into a “healthy lifestyle,” to prohibit or restrict our voluntary choices and interactions with others, or to protect our children from bad or undesirable influences and habits—the latter is the responsibility of parents and the voluntary associations of civil society.
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