Low Utah tobacco use rates are still too high, health experts say

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    I am not a smoker and I detest tobacco smoke. Smoking is a VERY bad choice, and a huge waste of money, and the health implications are obvious and important.

    However, as long as it remains a legal product and we live in a free country, people are free to choose to use tobacco.

    If people want to make tobacco illegal, the Legislative session starts in a week and they can run a bill to do that.

    However, freedom is even more important, and until tobacco is made illegal, quit the not so subtle war on smokers

    Ironically, Obamacare, ostensibly aimed at better health care does not allow insurance companies to consider the risk g=factor of smoking when determining rates, so we all subsidize the highe costs of treating smokers. And, tobacco taxes are a major source of revenue for some of the liberal programs (including the anti-tobacco offices), so they may not be pushing smoking cessation or outright bans on tobacco as hard as they might if they were really concerned about health.

  • LDS Libertarian Farmington, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    But hey --

    The good news 100% of the people get break the Word of Wisdom by breathing pollution instead.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    I don't know of a legal thing more taxed from the feds state and city's, has more laws and banned all in the name of children as it is making children in a worse place than it has ever been, when the poor is who is buying the stuff. 25% of their income goes to tobacco. You can say what you want about health and charge what you want the kids that all the taxes that is collected for is who pays the price.