Grandson of tobacco farmer encourages smoke-free America

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  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    The article contradicts itself in the number of annual deaths in the U.S. caused by tobacco. One number is 1,200. Another is over 440,000. Should the article report that the lower number is for Utah alone?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    Why should tobacco even be allowed? I understand freedom of choice, but why should we subsidize the healthcare of people who are committing slow suicide?

    Healthcare costs from tobacco run in the billions. Lost work time due to bad health, billions more. Is it because those who die early save us Social Security dollars, or merely because the tobacco lobby puts $$ in the pockets of politicians?

    Tony Gwynn, Hall of Fame baseball player was recently diagnosed with cancer of the salivary glands. At least twice before he'd had benign tumors removed, but still kept dipping snuff. Did he really have freedom of choice?

    The vast majority of smokers start using before they are old enough to be allowed to drive or vote because we don't deem them mature enough to make those choices. Why do we allow tobacco?

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Teaching children about the documented dangers of tobacco addition is fine. Teaching them that Utah is bad because of "low" cigarette taxes is wrong, and is nothing more than child indoctrination.

    It's time that the government gets out of legislating against what they perceive as wrong by raising taxes. This includes tobacco and alcohol products.