The resulting feeding frenzy has been to turn smokers into the worst of all possible criminals, far worse than anything seen before in all of history. Move over Stalin and Hitler, the modern day smoker is a mass-murderer of galactic proportions. Right?
Okay, here`s something to consider---keeping in mind that tobacco products are entirely legal!
On May 1, 2008, a House committee of the US Congress passed a proposition (H.R. 5912) to ban the *mailing* of any tobacco product to a residential address. It will move onto the House floor for a vote. Should that pass, the Senate will likely have to produce a similar proposition, after which there`ll be a reconciliation, with a bill finally going to the full legislation.
I`m sure that everyone who`s in favor of banning all smoking is all excited about this. At last, some real progress in wiping out the problem. After all, what`s a little interference in privacy, the Constitution, and the US Mail, not to mention FedEx, UPS, DHL and all other mail carriers?
So what happens next?
How about banning the mailing of any product sold through eBay or online auctions to a residence? What with online sales not being easily tracked in terms of taxation, would it make sense?
How about if we simply remove the USPS completely, where it comes to packages and boxes, and return it to only letters and documents?
Should we be pleased that government regulation in one area of completely legal business interaction is taking place? Do you really believe it`ll stop there?
Consider the polar bear issue, where the species was placed on the endangered list due to who-knows-what effect of global warming. As a result, now with a legal precedant, lawsuits are already springing up to shut down every manner of business---many of which have nothing to do with polar bears.
But it`s now a legal precedant, where the potential harm to an animal based on alleged environmental studies is grounds for legal action. How about the legal precedant of arbitrarily stopping shipments to your home of something you choose to buy, which is completely legal to buy?
What about making it illegal to ship cookies to your home because they cause obesity, ruin the healthcare system for the rest of us, and are a leading cause of heart attacks? On the other hand, why not a law mandating the mass-mailing of condoms to all citizens under the age of 14 to prevent teen pregnancy?