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Cigarettes should be banned
If this was the case, then euthanasia would be allowed in cases of terminal illness. However since it remains illegal in most places, clearly autonomy in regards to personal health is not deemed necessary by society.
We are required to wear seat belts and helmets, which only benefit our own health. This also illustrates that autonomy is not always valued in society over health.
If you are considered to be a possible
harm to yourself (or to others)
, you can be admitted for up to 72 hours in a psychiatric unit against your will.
In several European countries euthanasia is in fact legal and there are movements pushing for legalization in places such as the United States. Perhaps autonomy will be deemed necessary or at least valued more in the near future.
Euthanasia may be illegal in some places as it requires positive actions by other people (usually doctors) and a complex medical and social culture. Euthanasia is not a strictly autonomous action, and the fact that it is illegal in most places does not speak to the value of autonomy in society.
Every human should have the right and means to decide when and how to die.