If a chemist went into the lab and genetically altered tobacco so that it was harmless, but still gave the same sort of nicotine hit would we still frown on its use? Also just say a drug was invented that had all the pleasant effects of illicit drugs and none of it’s harmful effects except maybe intoxication whist under it, would society and government still ban its use? These substances might remain physiologically addictive but the chemical addiction would be cut out of them, this is quite possible given the advances in modern science but would it be wrong for a scientist to make such a substance? Also what if someone invented a cap you could wear that stimulated the pleasure centers of your brain and had no detrimental side effects, would we be lining up at Wal-Mart to buy these things? Would they let us? The issue is that drugs have been banned under the excuse that they harm people and yet alcohol and tobacco are legal, if that wasn’t an issue would drug taking just become another recreational past time or would it always hold a sigma of moral turpitude?