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An Oregon Democrat's Doomed Plan to Require Prescriptions for Cigarettes


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, politics, news, ethics )

Cal
- 604 days ago - theweek.com
Mitch Greenlick wants to put cigarettes in the same category as LSD and steroids



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Jae A. (323)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:13 pm
What insaniTea some do come up with...this is up there with some of the most useless and needless there are.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:05 pm
Down with cigarettes!
 

pam w. (191)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:43 pm
THAT makes NO SENSE whatsoever!

 

Jae A. (323)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:01 pm
Might as well make it necessary to have a prescription to buy alcohol. At least wine has some benificals properties about them . I guess mentally ill people just have more time to run for office than sane people or something...the majority in government 'political positions' seem to be better candidates for being institutionalized in a mental health care facility than holding a public office of any kind.
 

jo M. (3)
Friday January 25, 2013, 10:47 pm
How silly.
 

Rob and Jay B. (121)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:17 am
Freedoms just keep slipping away. We used to enjoy a tall iced tea and one of those delicious Indonesian clove cigarettes out on the patio, but Big Brother and the Bigots have outlawed those.

All you anti-smoking fanatics, be careful what you force on others - you very well may be next. Alcohol is the new tobacco and the research into the horrors of alcohol is starting to flood out. Pretty soon our Big Brother 'representatives' like this Fascist in Oregon will regulate our whole lives - 'for our own good' of course.

People like this Nazi should be recalled or booted out in the next election - if anyone is paying attention.

 

Carola May (20)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:21 am
Absurd! I'm so sick of these politicians telling us how to live every aspect of our lives, and taking away our right to make decisions for ourselves.

If I want to enjoy a few cigarettes a day, so what? I smoke 6 cigarettes a day, but I don't use the mind altering, addictive alcohol which causes so much misery in our society. No one smokes a cigarette then abuses their partner or child, or runs down someone in a crosswalk or murders someone etc.

Alcohol kills and causes numerous cancers. Birthday cake and ice cream are dangerous too. Why aren't there health warnings on them?

LEAVE ME ALONE!!!
 

John S. (304)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:02 am
The affordambe Healthcare Act allows insurers to charge 50% more for those that smoke (it's full of surprises that we are only beginning to find out about).
 

John S. (304)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:04 am
I don't know who smokes here, but the electronic cigarettes are pretty good, and highly recommend them (they look kind of stupid, and the light is silly, but it can be used anywhere and even taste like a cig).
 

AniMae Chi (407)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:31 am
IDIOT!
 

cecily w. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:36 am
Oregon Representative Greenlick is wasting the money of Oregon taxpayers by using his time on this project. It will not happen because the federal, state and local governments receive a lot of tax money based on cigarette sales.
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:58 am
interesting
 

Angelica C. (84)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:46 am
This is the wrong approach to a very real problem.

If I, for example, set up a lemonade stand in my front yard, and in that lemonade I put ingredients like tar, nicotine, methane, urea, lead, cadmium, arsenic, DDT, nail polish remover, bleach, ammonia, and cyanide - how long do you think it would take the police to arrest me? Why are the tobacco companies allowed to sell a product containing those same ingredients?

Answer: tobacco company campaign contributions that are hefty to the point of being considered indispensable to most congressmen.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:48 am
Dream on Greenlick, dream on....Why don't you actually look into the drug abuse in your state first.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:54 pm
I had to LOL when I read this....and had to check to make sure it wasn't from The Onion. Crazy!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:49 pm
Very silly! It's true that cigarettes are unhealthy and addictive, but in no way are they immediately dangerous like LSD and steroids. I thought that was obvious.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 7:01 pm
I don't believe in restricting anything in this way, if they want it bad enough, cigarettes or anything else, they will find a way. I think we all have an addiction of some sort---pass the cheesecake please. Noted with thanks. Cal.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:50 pm
That is insane. The doctor offices are booked for months, so could you imagine the crazies going bananas over their addictions and not getting their presciptions??? Thanks Cal
 

Julie W. (21)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:19 pm
What sort of doctor would ever write a script for cigarettes? Or would it be treated like methadone?
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 9:08 pm
Everyone will have strong opinions for both sides of this issue. I am an avid NON-smoker but unfortunately, my people smoked like chimneys. While I can sympathize with those who struggle to kick the habit I will not encourage or justify smoking. Because of their need to smoke, my family is almost all gone. The few of us that are alive, have suffered and will continue to suffer due to the loss of so many and the ill-effects of second-hand smoke.
This plan seems crazy and doomed to fail but I can completely understand the motivation behind it.
Once again, good post, Cal!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:14 pm
Thanks.
 
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