PAM 4380 february 21 - Outline: 2/21/2011 3.0 Prohibition...

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Outline: 2/21/2011 3.0 Prohibition Basic issues: Examples Heroin and meth Readings: Alcoholic beverages w/ caffeine Restaurant smoking bans Prelim #1: March 4 Homework #3 due Monday, 2/28/2011
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Prohibition: Basic Issues Substance-specific prohibitions Currently most countries prohibit heroin, cocaine, marijuana Historical prohibitions: alcohol, cigarettes New York City: bans use of trans-fats in restaurants Age-specific prohibitions Legal minors (under age of 16 or 18) not allowed to drink alcohol, purchase cigarettes US: legal adults under age 21 not allowed to drink alcohol Place-specific prohibitions Open container laws Smoking bans in worksites, restaurants Smoking bans in cars with kids Semantics: prohibition or regulation?
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Externalities, Information/rationality, Paternalism Smoking bans seem motivated by externalities from secondhand smoke Most prohibitions apply to “mind altering substances” Addictive potential → irrationality? Externalities from substance use? Or from the illegality of substance use?
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