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Gov’t anti-smoking laws are phony

A letter writer suggests that new government regulations on smoking and the sale of cigarettes are hypocritical when considered in the context of tobacco taxes. -
A letter writer suggests that new government regulations on smoking and the sale of cigarettes are hypocritical when considered in the context of tobacco taxes.
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Letter-writer Al Dinis asks in the April 2 issue if it would simply be better for the government just to ban smoking outright and prohibit sales and manufacturing.

It’s actually a good question, considering the government’s supposed campaign to reduce, or for that matter stop, smoking.

The whole ridiculous drama of let’s cover up the tobacco products behind the counter and prohibit smoking in the vicinity of public buildings, and send out hired minors to stores to buy cigarettes whence the store owner is fined $500 if he sells them, is an odd position for a government that also takes in roughly around $500 million annually through tobacco tax.

But make sure you cover those cigarettes; and it really hurts them to have to take that $500 for selling the smokes to the hired minor, but after all, we don’t want minors buying cigarettes, right?

Of course, a tobacco ban would be worse, but it’s interesting how the government keeps its interferences just a little below par of that, in so many stalemates of useless laws.

If you’re making money from it through taxes, then shut up with your phony campaigns and go concern yourselves with matters of more importance, like making sure you don’t appoint judges who can’t tell if some assailant swinging a baseball bat multiple times at some man’s head really knew what he was doing.

Paul Stilwell

Surrey

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