Bill would ban flavored tobacco in Utah

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  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    The government has no place in telling you what you can or cannot eat, drink, smoke or otherwise consume. It has a very limited place in protecting the rights of others if your engagement in these activities infringes on them: that is, only if it is clearly and imminently dangerous to others (IE, driving while intoxicated, which inherently puts random others at immediate risk.)

    We all know the food police are not very far behind the tobacco police. It's not a very long walk from "you can't smoke that" to "you can't have fries with that."

    Any expansion of government powers in controlling your private, peaceful, non-coercive actions is improper, and an example of the "nanny state". For Republicans to assign expansion of the nanny state solely to Democrats is disingenuous and outright false. The destruction of individual rights and liberty is a thoroughly bipartisan act.

  • Spuban Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    I love these legislators that try banning products to protect the children. Seriously, if that is the case with tobacco, and it is such a danger to society, just ban it altogether. However we all know that will not happen because they love the sin tax that they collect every time someone buys alcohol or tobacco. Hypocrites

  • Mr. Harms Riverton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2011 12:00 a.m.

    I find bills like this very upsetting. I believe that a lot of it is due to misconceptions. I have been smoking a pipe since I was 23 years old, as did my father and grandfather, and none of us ever got cancer or any other health problems from it, and my dad is 88 years old, while my grandfather was 97 when he passed away. While most of my tobaccos are unflavoured I do like to buy aromatic tobaccos to smoke after dinner. I do not understand why they do not attempt to simply be more careful to whom they sell to as opposed to what they sell. They need to be more considerate of others before they attempt to pass these ridiculous laws.