The world has no real problem with tobacco. In fact, tobacco has been considered a sacred plant by countless generations of indigenous people in North America and other parts of the world. The real problem exists with the manipulation and manufacture of the addictive pre-rolled cigarette and its non-degradable filter. There has been some talk in world politics about moving towards prohibition of tobacco, but we are all aware prohibition will not succeed. Even Abraham Lincoln once said you cannot legislate against people's appetites! The only solution is to permit the far less addictive natural tobacco, but prohibit the manufacture of pre-rolled cigarettes, their inflammatory paper and their useless non-degradable filters. This would be an easy solution for our health and environment, but a courageous step for any government to take against the power of those malignant corporations.
Tobacco is indeed a powerful plant. The North American Indians have ever held this plant as sacred, and it was often smoked in ritual circumstances. Tobacco smoke was thought to carry your prayers to the heavens. For this reason, as well as its ability to supress hunger and fatigue, tobacco leaves have always been a precious commodity. Similarly, in Australian Indigenous cultures, the nicotine-containing Pituri (also known as native tobacco) was held in high regard, and considered the prime trading commodity. In fact, in many traditional cultures, addictive tobacco `chain-smoking` is looked down upon, and it is widely believed that if one abuses such a powerful plant, then the spirit of that plant will abuse you back, causing illness and distress.
So if tobacco is such a sacred plant, and has been safely used by humans for thousands of years before the Industrial era, then what is the problem? The real problem lies with the insidious tobacco corporations, and their manufacture of dangerous and addictive tailor-made cigarettes. 5.5 trillion cigarettes are smoked world-wide each year, which surely indicates the intensity of the addictive nature of pre-rolled cigarettes. It is a commonly-known fact that there are 4000 different chemical additives that tobacco companies add to cigarettes to make them taste better, burn faster, and vapourise at a higher temperature, as well as keeping you more addicted! Just a few of these ingredients are: ammonia (also known as bleach - so that the nicotine is absorbed more); fungicides and pesticides such as DDT (a carcinogen that is now banned in food production); artificial flavours and sweeteners (all known carcinogens, added to make your fag taste better). As you can see, the health of their customers is not really of concern to the corporations whose only agenda is profit. After all, an addicted customer is a customer for life! Unfortunately, since the tobacco industry is one of the most profitable and powerful in the world, governments have little power to legislate against their greedy and destructive actions. For most people, cigarettes are just too convenient, leading to addiction and internal and external pollution.
There has been some mention of whether the best option for world governments to take would be to prohibit tobacco outright. However, this is not a solution. We have seen time and time again that prohibition actually encourages the use of the very substance that they are trying to prevent. You simply cannot legislate against people`s appetites! Rather than prohibiting tobacco, the only solution is to allow the production of natural, additive-free tobacco, and allow people to grow their own tobacco plants in their garden. Did you know that having a tobacco plant in your garden is currently illegal? That you will face a five-times greater fine than if you had a cannabis plant? It is truly outrageous, and points to the heavy influence that tobacco companies have in the world. Interestingly, home-grown tobacco is much less addictive. A gardener friend of mine, who is a heavy tobacco smoker, once started growing his own in an attempt to cut down costs, however he soon stopped once he realised that smoking his own tobacco did nothing to alleviate the cravings he was having. He realised that he was actually addicted to the additives and not to the nicotine. Powerless to resist, he soon started smoking his toxic rollie-tobacco again.
If they allowed the small-scale production of home-grown tobacco, people would smoke less, and even when they did smoke, they would be inhaling many fewer harmful chemicals. Once the addictive chemical additives are no longer present, perhaps we would be able to smoke sparingly, and with respect to this powerful plant spirit, avoiding the environmental degradation that occurs through the commercial farming of tobacco in the process!