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.