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One More Point


People keep emailing me to ask sarcastically, Potato chips (or some other snacks) are addictive so why not outlaw them too? This is a response I get from college kids all the time and, frankly, I find it absurd and a little offensive. If you knew drug addicts, as I have, who stole from friends and family and ruined their lives and — in one case died in jail — all out of a desire for one more fix, you wouldn’t make the comparison. Heroin makes you irrational in a way that potato chips simply do not. And to say there isn’t a difference between UTZ pretzels and smack is to trivialize a lot fo tragedy for a cute debating point. I’ve never seen anybody steal their mother’s jewelry or become prostitutes for some Pringles.