October 23rd 2004

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Articles from this issue:

FEDERAL ELECTION 1: Behind Labor's landslide loss

FEDERAL ELECTION 2: Howard's opportunity, Labor's challenge

FEDERAL ELECTION 3: Kicking the ladders away

PRIMARY INDUSTRY: Subsidised imports threaten pork industry

PORNOGRAPHY: Internet encourages sexual deviancy: SA psychologist

THE MARRYING KIND: Men's attitudes to marriage

US ELECTIONS: Bush still ahead in Presidential race

CHINA: US, Japan concern over China's military build-up

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Your good health / Costly hospitals / Voter discontent in Germany and Switzerland

COMMENT: Why we went to war in Iraq

CLIMATE: Europe to pay Russia over Kyoto Protocol

CINEMA: The Corporation: 'Psychopathic' corporate soul laid bare

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Latest PC news flash - black child-killers absolutely OK

Cigarettes and marijuana (letter)

Lessons for Iraq in the Communist insurgencies (letter)

Contempt for the democratic process (letter)

BOOKS: God: The Interview, by Terry Lane

BOOKS: The Long March, by Roger Kimbal

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Cigarettes and marijuana (letter)

by Michael D. Robinson

News Weekly, October 23, 2004

We all now know smoking tobacco is harmful, but it took many years to turn around the deceptive marketing image of tobacco as a relaxing and recreational substance.

What tobacco has done to people should be a warning for us all if more marijuana use is encouraged.

Marijuana contains up to four times more cancer-causing chemicals than a tobacco cigarette and is linked to mental illness. It causes its damage when inhaled or when ingested.

No doubt some big businesses would like to market marijuana, and other extremely addictive products, for even more profits than were ever made from tobacco.

The question that has to be asked is: whom will we trust to protect the community from illicit drugs?

The Prime Minister's zero-tolerance and rehabilitation Tough on Drugs policy? The ALP and their supervised drug-use and injecting-rooms? Or the Greens' open-slather drug-use experiment that failed in Europe 40 years ago?

Michael D. Robinson,
Executive Director,
Drug-Free Australia Ltd,
Hurlstone Park, NSW

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