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SMOKING: Raising legal age would be a failure

Letter by Ruby L. Ryan, Port Orchard on Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:49 am with No Comments »
February 26, 2015 10:49 am

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to raise the legal smoking age to 21 (Viewpoint, 2-15).

Millions of dollars were spent on the War on Drugs, and government says it was a failure. What Ferguson suggests will also be a failure.

I suggest a ban on all tobacco products. Australia banned smokeless tobacco in 1991 and is now working to ban all tobacco products.

I question the amount of money paid for health care of tobacco users. Ferguson said the cost is $384 million per year iRain Washington state. I do not believe any of this. We are told this so more taxes can be assessed to tobacco.

Ferguson also says 104,000 of today’s youth will die prematurely. What crystal ball is he looking into? Half or more of these will die of something unrelated to tobacco.

Teenage smoking is dropping, and illegal drug use is rising. This started when government started raising taxes on tobacco so there would be more revenue at their touch. Teenagers cannot afford the cost of tobacco so they turn to something cheaper, which is drugs and these are readily available.

The drug cartel will laugh louder when going to the bank. Hundreds of new customers. Is this what you want?

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