Consider this: Just outlaw tobacco

Sunday’s edition of the St. Cloud Times showcased an editorial on BIG Tobacco. 

 

The city of St. Cloud is considering whether to increase the age to buy tobacco in the city to 21. Really, though, if elected and professional officials of any government wanted to do what’s best for their constituents, they would simply outlaw tobacco.

Yes, admittedly, that seems extreme. Until you try to answer one fundamental challenge: Name one redeeming quality of tobacco.

The health evidence is overwhelmingly and unequivocally negative — even deadly.

The historical and cultural significance of tobacco in the United States — except for American Indian traditions — is built on marketing myths, nothing more.

And then, of course, there’s the money — arguably the real reason an outright ban is seldom given serious consideration.

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