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Canada: No smoking unless you’re a crackhead

Apparently, unlike cigarette smokers, crackheads are &ldquo;victims of circumstance and can&rsquo;t help themselves,&rdquo; so it&rsquo;s simply &ldquo;wrong to stigmatize them,&rdquo; said Margaret Wente in <em&g

Margaret WenteThe Globe and Mail

You can’t smoke in today’s Canada—unless, that is, you want to smoke crack, said Margaret Wente. Out of a hysterical horror of secondhand smoke, several provinces have banned smoking in all public spaces and even some private ones, like cars and apartment buildings. The accepted wisdom is that smokers impose “huge health costs” on society and therefore must be “shamed and bullied into quitting.”

Meanwhile, in at least one province, health officials want to open medically supervised sites where crack addicts can legally inhale. Apparently, unlike cigarette smokers, crackheads are “victims of circumstance and can’t help themselves,” so it’s simply “wrong to stigmatize them.” What nonsense. Certainly it must be difficult to kick the crack cocaine habit. But shouldn’t we encourage addicts to at least try, rather than handing them free crack pipes and telling them to toke up?

Canada is becoming “a giant enabling zone, with hundreds of social agencies and a vast addictions bureaucracy whose cumulative effect is to lock these wretched people in their dependency until it kills them.” But hey, at least they won’t die of secondhand smoke.

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