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Remember back when the town of Westminster tried to ban cigarette sales and all hell broke loose? Board of Health member Andrea Crete found out the hard way that when you try to limit people’s freedoms, even if those freedoms could eventually kill them, the people will revolt. Because America is all about freedom, and no one loves America more than this local boob right here:
But that was Westminster, a rural town in Worcester County. Everything inside of the 495 belt is like a different world though. There are TONS of municipalities to the east who HATE freedom. That’s why the city of Brookline has recently begun discussions about banning the sale of cigarettes within city limits:
John Ross and his wife Megan Sandel are area doctors and see a number of patients with tobacco-related problems. Their warrant article for May’s Town Meeting calls for a ban on the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 1995. Such a ban would encourage a generation of nonsmokers, they said. In 2014, Brookline raised the smoking age to 21, which some experts say helped lower smoking rates among teenagers at Brookline High School, the TAB reported.
“I would take the position that tobacco is a drug. It’s a defective consumer product. If it were a new consumer product, there is no way that it would be considered [safe for] sale,” he said.
On average a smoker lives 10 years less than a nonsmoker. And tobacco caused more than 480,000 deaths each year (including deaths from secondhand smoke), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Massachusetts, tobacco use contributes to the death of 9,300 people and costs $4.08 billion in health care bills each year, according to activist campaign group Tobacco Free Kids, which led a march last month at the capital. At first, the couple hoped to ban the sale of tobacco to everyone in Brookline. But after some thought they decided to scale back.
“We don’t have any desire to put anybody out of business,” Ross said.
Ross and Sandel are proposing a ban of sales to all persons in Brookline born after 1995, forever. That would mean if you are currently of legal age to smoke, you would still be able to smoke, but if not, you wouldn’t be allowed to start. This would mitigate some of the impact to retailers by decreasing sales by about 2 percent a year, he said, at the same time protecting youth by making it more difficult to start smoking.
There’s basically five main reasons that this a stupid idea, which anyone with a brain could understand:
1. It doesn’t stop anything.
Brookline is one city, in a densely populated urban area. Anyone who wants to buy cigarettes could go into Newton, Boston, Dedham, Needham, or wherever and buy butts there. This solves nothing.
2. It would kill local businesses.
Liquor stores and convenience stores see tons of revenue from the sale of cigarettes, all of which would disappear, driving people out of business in the name of the nanny state.
This is America. And in America if you want to slowly kill yourself and blow your money at the same time, that’s your right. We have stuff like speed limits, not because we are worried about YOU killing yourself, but because we’re worried about you killing other people who don’t treat their lives with such reckless abandon. But if you smoke, you’re pretty much only hurting yourself.
4. The age requirement is idiotic.
You can sign up to die for your country at 18, but you can’t buy cigarettes in places like Brookline until you’re 21. Makes sense. But if this law gets passed then no one in Brookline born after 1995 will be able to buy cigarettes for the rest of time. So if you’re a 50 year old person in Brookline in 2046, you’re gonna have to pull a “hey mister” and get an elderly person to buy you a pack of Newports. By 2066 stores will be carding the elderly. It’s insane.
5. What’s next?
Is liquor good for you? Does getting drunk all the time help your liver out? No one ever dies from alcohol related situations right? Oh wait, yes they do. So what’s next? We gonna ban alcohol? Probably.
Anyway, these doctors are obviously well intentioned, but there’s nothing worse than the nanny state. I’ll never smoke a cigarette for the rest of my life unless I’m in a foxhole somewhere in a YOLO-esque situation. But in no way shape or form do I want to try to stop other people from doing the same. Because in America you have the right to be a ratchet, disgusting, smelly human being.
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