Many people don’t think of smoking cannabis as “real” drug-use … and even fewer think of tobacco-smoking as a “real” addiction.
Take a look at these stats from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Drug Report executive summary:
[T]he consumption of tobacco, an addictive, psychoactive drug that is sold widely in open, albeit regulated markets, affects as much as 25% of the world adult population. . . . [M]ortality statistics show that illicit drugs take a small fraction of the lives claimed by tobacco (about 200,000 a year for illicit drugs versus about 5 million a year for tobacco).
Amazing. Tobacco kills 5 million people worldwide per year. How can anyone think of it as not a “real” addiction?
I don’t agree with the War On Drugs… But if we’re going to have a war on drugs, why don’t we pick the right drug to fight?
If you smoke, please save your life and quit.