Tobacco Even worse Than Illegal Drugs?
‘The rankings also suggest the need for better regulation of the more threatening drugs that are currently legal, i.e. Alcohol and tobacco,’ wrote Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, within an accompanying Lancet commentary. Hall was not associated with Nutt’s paper. While professionals agreed that criminalizing alcohol and tobacco will be challenging, they stated that governments should review the penalties imposed for drug abuse and try to make sure they are more reflective of the actual risks and damages involved. Nutt needed more education so that people were aware of the risks of varied drugs. ‘All medications are harmful,’ he said. ‘Even the ones people know and love and use every day.’.. (more…)