posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 06:44 PM
Actually, I suspect smoking will go through a bit of a Renaissance of sorts, as technology advances.
With e-cigarettes, bio-engineered tobacco that eliminate Tar, smokeless and ash-free cigarettes, the discovery of safe & synthetic (read
"Patentable" and thus more profitable) chemical additives to replace the currently dangerous and carcinogenic ones (like arsenic and formaldehyde)
in cigarettes, the popular mainstream return of 17th century Snuff, and so forth, all the arguments against the use of tobacco in consumer products
will diminish and abate.
Besides, considering Tobacco was the second largest source of Revenue to the US Federal Treasury, and with the Bill that was signed into Law on the
22nd, it will now be the single largest source of Revenue to the US Federal Treasury, why on earth do you think the US Government wants to deter
Tobacco or outlaw it?
Considering the only other source of Revenue to the US Federal Treasury that comes close is Gasoline, which is a non-renewable resource that is being
phased out in our society, the US Government is going to have to make up it's financial losses elsewhere, and that is going to be from Tobacco.
Tobacco will not be going away in 2047. It will not be going away in 2147. As long as our government relies on Tobacco as it's primary Revenue
source, it will be around in some shape or form.