So you think drugs don't fuel crime, Well, that's an opinion, but one that many would share
No that's not what I said. I said the exact opposite and this is another reason why it need to be taken out of the hands of criminality.
The fact of the matter is that crime and illegal drugs in particular which feeds many other crimes
I think that the reduction in tobacco smoking is more to do with the sky high price increases
Some of it is but most folk have now moved over to vaping. It's been cleaned up as should all the over drugs on the market.
All those that are buying what they think are duty free are putting themselves in even more danger unless they have been abroad themselves to buy them. Many are fake cigarettes which (seems silly saying this) are bad for your health or should I say worse than genuine cigarettes. Hard to believe that something can be worse than a genuine cigarette but it's true. Many Eastern European gangs pushing this market as with any other drug. A black market the same as a fake Rolex watch or latest fashion item or indeed what we call illegal drugs. The people that buy these are feeding big crime in the exact same way. And you can guarantee the guy selling them to folk down the local pub will also be claiming benefits. Even the local corner shop that has them under the counter can't guarantee the source of where they came from. As with cannabis it's easier to make/grow on home turf than risk passing customs.
Alcohol for most people is treated with respect and relatively harmless.
You really are in cloud cuckoo land. You must be a drinker. You should stop taking that drug. Here lays the problem because alcohol has been an accepted drug for such a long time and many are addicted they can't see the similarities with alcohol and other drugs. Drug addicts are selfish and can never see the light through the trees and are stuck in their own ways. The bottom line is that alcoholics and junkies are one of the same except they choose different drugs.
People need to accept that alcohol is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet but many can't do that because it then puts them in the same boat as what is labelled as a junkie so just stick to calling it alcohol as it sounds not as bad and makes it socially accepted. Not many want to admit they have an addiction and will use manipulative tactics to continue with their habits while having a go at those that take other drugs so can continue with their own. It's like a political diversion tactic. Take the pressure off one by making another look bad.
I've worked in pubs before and have seen the same old regular customers in daily with their blotchy red face and shaky hands and desperate to get their daily fix. It wont be long before youngsters that are out on the piss most nights end up like that. Give them a few years and then eventually their will be taking up NHS resources with Liver problems or maybe they just fall over and bang their head or get into a fight. Drunk = high, changing you brainwaves and altering your perception along with a buzz. There's even a term for it; 'there's a buzzing atmosphere in this pub tonight'. Now that could be because people are on a natural high or they have had the helping hand of a drug. Pubs are drug dens, from opium bar to alcohol bar.