Stained Class King
Well, personally, I think it would take a lot of balls to eliminate the drug war for personal safety reasons. You have to remember that groups such as biker gangs, and the occasional organised crime group (like the Russian mob, who are now, for the most part, either ex-KGB, or worse, ex-Spetznas) use narcotics, specifically marijuana, to fund themselves. They're gonna be pret-ty fuckin' pissed when someone cuts off their supply by creating legalisation. And the last thing anyone needs is an ex-Spetznas guy on their ass. FYI, the Spetznas is the Russian Special Forces. Today they're not neraly as scary as they were before the fall of the wall...like those guys who're now running the Russian crime syndicates.
However, I would fuckin' do it anyway, because it means more national income, if you're intelligent enough to regulate it and tax it. And in regards to cigarettes and Canada's health care, personally, I think we should DENY smokers free healthcare for all of their cigarette-related maladies. That should certainly turn the tables, I think.
And I do honestly agree, it is a disgusting habit. You smokers, you should get an ATHSMATIC'S personal point of view on the topic, you might be quite enlightened. See, when a person with athsma gets sick, more often than not they get a bronchial infection. IN other words, 9 times out of ten, we get bronchitis. And the other 1 of 10 we get something COMBINED with bronchitis.
Second-hand smoke does NOT help this in any way whatsoever. It makes it far, far more annoying (and if you've got strep throat, more painful) than it has to be. My step mom smokes, and if I'm sick and she's in the same room havin' the usual cancer stick, I have to leave the room. Either that or I decide to invest in an oxygen mask. Heh. I don't fucking think so.
So, to you smokers in Canada, live with the public smoking laws, they are there for a reason, which is that what you do can be very fucking inconsiderate.
Now, I'm not saying it's any of you guys, because I don't know you, but for the most part, us NON-smokers have been getting pretty fuckin' annoyed with having to inhale smoke coming across a restaurant from the smoking section to the non-smoking section, DESPITE ventilation, while we're enjoying, say a $15 piece of prime rib steak. That's what it comes down to. Furthermore, the laws are completely constitutional, and NOT invoking them would have been UNconstitutional because we all have the right to safety and comfort and whatnot...supposedly.
Now, personally, I don't give a shit what someone else does, so long as it doesn't inhibit me from enjoying myself. If I'm outside and people are smoking, it really doesn't bother me that much, if at all. But if I'm inside, and in an enclosed space...that's a different matter, and I think you guys can relate.
So, what it really comes down to is that smokers would not have to worry about these public-space laws if they had been smart enough to exercise some common sense and consideration (which is highly unrealistic, but hey, tough :P)
Now, onto cell phones. The studies in Japan and Europe would be correct, their phones for the mostpart use higher frequencies than ours. Also their wavebands are totally different because the use a different system, which Canada will be getting onto shortly called GSM. See, for the mostpart, our phones use 800mHz Digital, 800mhz. Analog and occasionally 1900mHz digital in the major city areasand the phones operate at 0.3 watts. Also, our population is far less dense than in either Europe or Japan, and we have less cellphone users here. Anyway, their phones operate at GSM800mHz and GSM1900 mHz, but in Europe and Japan 1900mHz. is generally the mainstay, unlike here, where the mainstay signal frequencies is 800mHz. So, they have more users trotting around using phones, both in number and in ratios, and they generally use higher frequencies. So of course their results are going to differ from ours.
Now, in regards to the cellphone jammers, those are illegal in Canada, because, as said earlier, they inhibit police radar...although most cops use the laser now, so I dunno...either way, cops here don't like that very much at all. However, it would certainly be nice to have one, yes.
How'd you like to make fourteen bucks the hard way!