Qaanol wrote:I think we have a fundamental disagreement here. You appear to hold the position that addiction, in and of itself, is intrinsically harmful.
Which is why I clarified for "serious addiction". Nicotine addiction is bad for you for more than the fact that cigarettes have detrimental health affects. Ever lived with a smoker? They get very irritable and are much more easily stressed unless they calm down with a smoke. They can only go so long before they need to have another smoke, and if they don't get it, they drift back to irritable and stressed. Symptoms of withdrawal last for weeks, while many of the mental affects can last for months. As a comparison, caffeine withdrawal lasts for a few days and can relatively easily be weaned off of.
Jave D wrote:I disagree. Psychological or physical; it's the same result in the end.
Belial already covered it mostly, but that's missing a very significant point. If you find that something is physically addictive (with a serious addiction), then you know it is likely to cause those addiction issues in anyone that uses it -- it is inherently unsafe. As mentioned earlier, that doesn't mean that the best option is to make it illegal, but it does mean that the danger is sourced from the "something" in question. A psychological addiction does not make it inherently dangerous to anyone other than the person with that addiction -- you can develop a psychological addiction to anything. Going by your logic of them being comparable, that would mean that all things, activities and actions are dangerous due to their risk of psychological addiction. Yet, often those addictions will be something that is otherwise healthy (or at least not unhealthy), such as video games or gambling.