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Volume 3  Number 3  •  Winter 1999
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Forbidden Fruit
When Prohibition Increases the Harm It Is Supposed to Reduce
By Dwight Filley
This article appeared in the Winter 1999 issue of The Independent Review

Although conventional wisdom presumes that a prohibitory law will have the desired effect, careful studies of the laws often show the opposite effect: the behavior they are supposed to inhibit actually increases. Attempts to ban teen smoking, advertising, pornography, and fast driving are among the many instances of prohibitions that have backfired.

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