On “Meet the Press,” while discussing taxes on sugary drinks, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders kind-of-sort-of suggested cigarettes should be illegal.
Sanders: “Cigarette taxes are — there’s a difference between cigarettes and soda. I am aware of the obesity problem in this country.”
Chuck Todd: “I don’t think Michael Bloomberg would agree with you on that one.”
Sanders: “Well, that’s fine. He can have his point of view, but cigarettes are causing cancer, obviously, and a dozen other diseases. And there is almost the question as to why it remains a legal product in this country.”
Watch the whole exchange, which, unbelievably, does not merit a follow-up quesion, becuase apparently we’ve learned nothing from the prohibition of drugs and alcohol.