Jay Taylor, Published January 08 2011
Better tobacco controls are greatly neededThe Forum on Jan. 3 carried an article from The Associated Press entitled “Lawmakers: Tobacco rules working fine.”
The article went on to state that the majority of our legislators appear content to allow smoking to continue in bars and truck stops and have little enthusiasm for increasing the state’s tobacco tax or doing anything else to protect our citizens.
Basically, what they are saying is they are content to let 877 people in our state die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases rather than offend a friend who wrongly believes that a smoking ban will kill their business.
I remain appalled!
I would like to end with a quote from former World Health Organization Director- General Gro Harlem Brundtland. He states:
“If we do not act decisively today, a hundred years from now our
grandchildren and their children will look back and seriously question how people claiming to be committed to public health and social justice allowed the tobacco epidemic to unfold unchecked.”