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Published: Wednesday, July 31 2013 7:30 a.m. MDT

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Rural Hall, USA, NC

Ban smoking! Do it, it is addictive, harmful, and expensive! Get rid of it, give people their lives back!

Salt Lake City, UT

If the democrats are going to force healthcare on us, then we will force them to free their lives of alcohol, drugs, tobacco......how do you Libs like those apples!

metamora, IL

Tobacco use is strongly associated with low socio-economic status. The prevalence of current smoking is greatest among adults with working class jobs, low educational level,
and low income. In 2007, 29% of adults with incomes below the federal poverty level smoked, compared with 20% of those at or above the poverty level. 32% of men below the poverty line were smokers compared with 23% of men at or above poverty level. 26% of women below the poverty line were smokers compared with 18% of women at or above poverty level. Lower education levels are associated with significantly higher rates of smoking during pregnancy. Nearly 24% of women with 9-11 years of education smoked while pregnant compared with 15% of those with 12 years of education and 1.5% of those with 16 or more years of education.

Although I am strongly in favor of banning smoking entirely in all public places, it is statistically clear that those most affected by smoking are also those who are least able to afford the costs associated with smoking. A recent study indicated that 3 in 4 smokers attempt to stop smoking 3 times during the course of their shortened lives.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

We've down this road before. Prohibition had a very short lifespan as a social experiment.

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT


Being a person that tends to side with Democrats, I guess I need to start smoking and do other drugs to fit in your paradigm. Thanks for keeping me straight with your apples.

American Fork, UT

It's a double edged sword. On the one hand, I personally find smoking repugnant. On the other, I'm a huge fan of personal freedom and choice, way more so than the state of utah itself wants to tolerate. Smoking is a choice that people make; a bad choice, and some people will always make bad choices. I'm not sure we should let people who make bad choices dictate policy.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

One of the few times I agree with you Craig Clark. Regulating something people want is one thing. Making it completely illegal rarely if ever works. Making cigaretts illegal would only make drug pushers richer. By the way, I've never smoked, and don't like being around it. However think of the tax money that would be lost if smoking were banned. Same with gasoline for example. Look at how much state and federal tax is raised for every gallon of gas sold. In other words, going smokeless and green will be costly to the tax base of the state and federal governments. I wonder if liberals have ever considered that point.

St. George, UT

I don't smoke and I think is smoking is bad. However, I find it funny that many Utahans deplore smoking, yet have no problem driving during a winter inversion. An inversion affects more Utahans than smoking does. I no longer live in Northern Utah, but when I did I took the bus and walked (yes, I had a car). I tried to make wise decisions that would benefit others positively, however, no one around me seemed to care. My friends would say taking the bus or trax was too difficult. No one cared about how their decision affected others health, but when it came to smoking they were for a ban. So, if we ban smoking because of health reasons, shouldn't we ban cars during the winter inversions? They both have negative impacts and I would say inversions affect more people than smoking does.

Salt Lake City, UT

Oh yes, how awful of us to make sure people have affordable healthcare coverage. Didn't you just vote in November for a guy who instituted that in his state?

New York, NY


I agree, it seems some refuse to learn from

Salt Lake City, UT

@atl134..Oh yes, how awful of us to make sure people have affordable healthcare coverage?

AFFORDABLE? What planet do you live on......my new rates are twice what I use to pay and as has been reported overall, everyone will see a minimum of a 10% increase! Of course its all based upon scale.....for your ilk it is now affordable, so longs as someone else pays the bill!

Brigham City, UT

I get a kick out of some of the posts the DN will not allow and some others that they don't bat an eye at...

BYUtah Fan
Herriman, UT

The nanny state strikes again. I do not smoke nor drink. But, we do not need the state to determine what is in our best interests and what is not. The war on drugs is a perfect example. A very high percentage of people in prison are there for drug related offenses. We are not helping them by criminalizing this behavior. If anything we are ruining their lives much more completely than if we just allowed them their freedom. We also export violence to multiple central and south American countries that feed our illegal drug habit. In other words the negatives of drug prohibitions greatly exceed the benefits. We do not need to add another drug to this failed effort. My drug of choice is chocolate. How long before big brother decides my drug is addictive and bans it?

Hayden, ID

Again we see that the left (Democrats in general) always want to force their agendas upon the rest of us! Ban this, mandatory this, force people to do this ad nauseam. And they claim they are all for freedom? Living a lie must be difficult for them.


Who among us wants to pay the additional taxes that would be on us if smokers quit?

Not me.

"lost in dc" I smoked for over 40 yrs. No longer do, but several times over the course of that 40 yrs. I asked my health insurance carriers why smokers don't pay higher premiums. They all said there was no noticeable difference in the amount of health dollars going to smokers. Some even said smokers used doctors less than non-smokers. Maybe they all got tired of being nagged to death every time they went to the DR.?

I know I did.

North Salt Lake, UT

At the very least smoking should be prohibited in any public place including casinos and bars....Colorado already prohibits smoking in it's casinos and it does not seem to keep the smokers away... they just have to go outside while they smoke.. this make perfect sense. I don't care if other people smoke, just don't do it next to me inside a building and blow the smoke in my face... They can kill themselves if they want, I just don't want them to take me with them!

American Fork, UT

"always want to force their agendas upon the rest of us! Ban this, mandatory this, force people to do this ad nauseam. And they claim they are all for freedom? Living a lie must be difficult for them."...Utah in a nutshell. Not a lot of democrats caused it, though.


STOP Banning anything! If most smokers want to stop they will. Banning it will only drive it to the black market. Smokes won't quit if their neighbor has smokes for sale! STOP mentality of banning things, let the free market decide!

Manti, UT

Hutterite, your Utah bias is showing. I dislike smoking, I don't smoke, no one in my family smokes. But--if someone wants to smoke, probably in the privacy of their own home, that should be their choice. I don't think anyone has the right to tell another not to smoke if it doesn't impede their space. If you want people to stop smoking, make a federal law which prohibits it. lol. Boy would that be funny.

Hayden, ID

@ Hutterite. I don't live in Utah but I could not think of one thing that has been banned in Utah exclusively or one thing that is forced upon others exclusively in Utah! All the howling and hyperventilation for banning things happen in NY, Chicago, San Francisco or most other liberal states from Guns to soft drinks but never marijuana or alcohol.

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