Alcohol, Tobacco More Harmful than Many Banned Drugs

Ranking drugs by harmfulness (9 = most harmful)

Ranking-drugs-by-harmfulness (II)

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    This is an amazing chart. It speaks for itself.

  2. Bruce says:

    The current policy is indefensible. It’s a joke.

  3. Larry C. says:

    My view on this is simple. I should not have to ask the government’s permission to ingest a substance. Any substance. Period.

  4. April says:

    If e-cigarettes were on this chart, they’d fall WAY below cigarettes. And yes, I’m glad I don’t yet have to ask for any kind of permission to smoke

  5. Scott Collins says:

    April, according to, they do contain nicotine. So I don’t know that they’d fall “WAY” below cigarettes on this chart.

  6. April says:

    Of course they would. Nicotine isn’t what makes tobacco cigarettes so harmful. It isn’t even a carcinogen. The really harmful thing about regular cigarettes is that they have thousands of added chemicals and carcinogens BESIDES the nicotine. E-cigarettes don’t contain all that poison.

  7. Neil H. says:

    I see that both alcohol and tobacco are worse than marijuana. No surprise to me though.

  8. Stephen C. says:

    I read that California may completely legalize marijuana. That would create an interesting federal-state clash.

  9. Linda Gorman says:

    We need to plot this chart against the grant money available for studying each substance.

    Consider the title of a 2009 paper by Klein, Beckerleg, and Hailu, in the Int J Drug Policy: “Regulating khat–dilemmas and opportunities for the international drug control system.”