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Business and Professional Ethics Journal

Volume 29, Issue 1/4, 2010

Nicholas A. Snow, Walter E. Block
Pages 135-153

Free to Smoke

Freedom to smoke is part and parcel of overall freedom. The former cannot be abrogated without violating the latter. The present paper applies this insight to the regulations placed on the tobacco industry and smoking in general. We find that government interventions into people’s lives regarding smoking are highly incompatible with libertarian principles. We examine many regulations such as prohibiting youths from smoking, preventing second hand smoke, restrictions on advertising, taxing the industry, and liability issues.

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