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CDC predicts smoking bans in every state by 2020

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  • Hondo Lane Murray, UT
    April 22, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    @xscribe

    Government has a place, and as long as they don't overstep their bounds they serve a purpose. More than 440000 deaths in the United States each year are attributable to smoking. If those were gun related deaths wouldn't you want government to step in?

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    April 22, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    yeah why wait til 2020 ? do it now make it illegal to smoke in the country it wouldnt bother me none have you walked by someone that smokes ? you can smell them before they get next to you. and they are the number one reason why medical care is so expensive and insurance rates are so high its the smokers fault ban tobacco from the country and make it illegal to smoke and do us all a favor

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 21, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    @Rifleman: Government's good when it fits your beliefs, right?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 21, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Re: xscribe | 12:18 p.m. April 21, 2011

    U S Food and Drug Administration regulates drugs so why shouldn't they be regulating the very addictive drug nicotine?

    From what I've been told it is very difficult for people addicted to tobacco to give it up. Some of them would, and do, die before giving up their cigarettes.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Dear Williary,
    The revenue from tobacco taxes do not even begin to cover the cost to society for which tobacco is responsible. If these tax revenues were to altogether disappear along with tobacco use, positive consequences would more than make up for the loss of tax revenues. Tobacco use is responsible for great cost to society; such as lost days of work and the cost of paying for sick leave, tobacco related medical expenses, lost productivity and wasted time; the cleaning and replacement of home and building interior finishes due to smoke damage and offensive odors, reduced property and vehicle values with these same causes, etc. The list goes on and on. And these don't even include the human misery tobacco causes to innocent little children and to those who suffer from COPD for their final years.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    April 21, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    Dear Williary,
    The revenue from tobacco taxes do not even begin to cover the cost to society for which tobacco is responsible. If these tax revenues were to altogether disappear along with tobacco use, positive consequences would more than make up for the loss of tax revenues. Tobacco use is responsible for great cost to society; such as lost days of work and the cost of paying for sick leave, tobacco related medical expenses, lost productivity and wasted time; the cleaning and replacement of home and building interior finishes due to smoke damage and offensive odors, reduced property and vehicle values with these same causes, etc. The list goes on and on. And these don't even include the human misery tobacco causes to innocent little children and to those who suffer from COPD for their final years.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    April 21, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    I get splitting headaches when I am around cigarette smoke and they are even worse when I am around Cigar Smoke. Put them all in an idividual 4 X 4 by 8 foot cubicle to smoke and make them wash their clothes and hair when they come out.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 21, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    Smoking should not be allowed in any public place, any apartment complex, or anywhere else that non-smokers congregate. Smoking isn't like drinking a drink, it affects everybody in the immediate area of the smoker. Smoking should only be allowed in certain areas designated as smoking areas and nowhere else. Many smokers are so inconsiderate and think their rights to smoke are above the rights of those around them who it affects.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    ban it in cars too, unless you roll up your windows!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Unfortunately, no matter how bad smoking is determined to be for everyone, the tobacco tax is too valuable for state governments revenue figures to ever be seriously done away with. Anytime there's need for a tax hike, cigarettes are first on that list. Can't imagine that being given up.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    April 21, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    I'm very allegic to cigarette smoke. I lose my voice and end up with broncitis. I can't even be in rooms that have had smoking in them in the past as even that irritates my lungs. I'm thrilled that this movement is going forward.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    April 21, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    I'd like every single anti-government -there's even a poster with that name - poster to step up and say that this should not be!

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    I'm happy to hear this. I hear many smokers argue that it's taking away their rights and it's an example of "Big Government" telling them what to do. But the thing about it is, for them to "fully have their rights" means mine get stepped on, and the same with most of the population. I should have the right to breathe air that isn't going to poison me. As for the other, I'd much rather that each smoker quits on their own, but till that happens, this issue is a reason why we need "Big Government" at times to protect the rest of us from the stupidity of others.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    April 21, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    What would be helpful for the consumers and the tobacco companies to do is to do reasearch into all the positive uses there could be for their products. At one time There was the use of tobacco used to apply to injured horses to help them heal. Tobacco plants pulls a lot of nutreints out of the soil, so there could be some good uses from this plant besides causing cancer.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    Why wait till 2020?