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    Another attempt at government trying to make choices for people. I'm not a smoker and couldn't give a $hit if people smoke or not. But it should be the individual's choice. Any dumb@ss knows that it is bad for you. There are already laws that keep kids from buying. Stop with the nanny state bull$hit already.
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    To smoke or not is a personal choice. Protecting people from themselves has seemed rather stupid to me. Children being able to make these choices however is a separate issue. It is and should be illegal to sell cigarettes to minors. Now if I were African American I would take offense to the FDA for assuming I can't make the decision on my own.
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    Really? Cigarettes are racist now?

    I tried really hard to get myself banned last night. That way I wouldn't feel obligated to come on the site and see crap like this anymore. It's not good for my health. But no. I'm unfortunately still here and our government unfortunately is still run by monkeys.

    What's that saying? Ignorance is bliss? Ignorance sounds really good right now.
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    I'm waiting for holder to sue the writer of the study that said blacks prefer menthols. That's racist dawg!
  • #4
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    Kids start using cigarettes as a part of their rebellion. It has nothing to do with taste. If menthol isn't available they will use regular, because smoking is about looking cool, or mortifying mom and dad.
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    Don't forget boredom. A lack of things to do encouraged me to start smoking. It was something to occupy ourselves while hanging out in the Walmart parking lot since you can only bowl so many times a week.
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    Amen. I started smoking when I was 14. It had nothing to do with commercials, joe camel, or anything of the sort. Like most teens, I tried it and liked it. I also busted my ass growing it :) but these regulations killed that really quick. People don't think about that. The loss of income was huge.
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    @BostonRob I didn't start out of boredom. When I started smoking was very popular, most of my family smoked, including my parents. My college roommate smoked too. I wanted to be like everyone else. But this was before we knew about the connection to lung cancer.
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    I have never been a cig smoker... but this is getting to be serious bullshit. I was with the whole not smoking in restaurants thing but that is as far as that needs to go. So they want to ban ONLY menthol cigarettes? WTF kind of sense does this make? No kid that i have ever met started smoking because it tastes good.... even the menthols smell like shit. This is like banning flavored liquor but whisky being ok.

    If you want to go about banning all cigarettes, you unamerican bastards you(land of the free correct?), good luck to you.... but while you are at it

    Ban fast food (at least if under 18)... with heart disease and obesity being such big problems, i always find it funny that you get carded for cigarettes because they are "unhealthy" but any 8 year old can order a whopper at any time.

    Ban alcohol... causes more issues than i care to list.

    Ban sports/physical activity..... could get injured.

    Ban cars... wrecks hurt

    Ban wooden anything.... you dont want a splinter do you?

    Its all bullshit... bunch of elitist busy bodys who know whats best for YOU....the only damn thing that needs "Banned" are the people who keep saying that the "land of the free" needs to "ban" shit..... banish might be a better word.... banishment to F'n antarctica... or just simply shot in the damn face!... either way the rest of us would be better off once these people are gone.
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    It's the government nanny state. It doesn't have to make sense to the sensible. Someone thinks it will work and save the children, even if it saves just one, is all that matters. Sarcasm/off.
  • #11
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    Just what we need in Amerika, another ban on a product and more policing of behavior while everything else spirals downward to hell.
  • #9
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    They should mark light beer that it in no way means its less harmful than regular beer like they do cigarettes. If it is marked already I wouldn't know since I don't touch cheerleader beer.
  • #2
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    Unfortunately they can't. They, the government, has tied too many of the taxes targeted for children's programs come from tobacco.
  • #21
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    @Realthinker Yes. The gov't gets tons of tax $$$ from smokes. besides, can't ban the president's favorite vice.
  • #23
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    @drpeeper Oh -- I guess you forgot you are a small government conservative and don't want them banned because a citizen can decide for themselves whether to smoke or not.

    Looks like your political principles are pretty easily forgotten if you see a chance to jab at our president.
  • #42
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    Great idea to bad it won't never happen they did get them ban off of TV commercials back in the late 60's or early 70's. Hey you ever here of anybody that died from quit smoking?
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  • #38
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    Prohibition has never worked. It always ends up creating significantly worse problems then it attempts to solve. Excessive taxation doesn't work either because it also creates more problems in the form of smugglers, etc. So the tried methods of government fail once again because the government never learns from its failures. What does work? Education? I suspect it would if done right. A film showing the unstoppable effects of smoking thru the autopsy showing what the lungs were like at death might just do it. It would include the suffering death of the individual. It would scare the pants off of most.
  • #37
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    LMAO is al Sharpton blaming menthol cigarettes for killing African americans. this is so stupid
  • #35
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    I don't care what flavor cigarettes people want to smoke, or what flavor cigarette companies want to provide. Haven't they made it illegal for kids to smoke or buy cigarettes already? It's illegal for unlicensed underage kids to drive cars under age too, but sometimes they do..should the government ban cars? Or just the kind kids want to drive? Our government's control over our lives is bordering on totalitarianism..if they haven't crossed that line already.
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    AND, the fact that the government is targeting "low income" people, and minorities...doesn't that smack of profiling and racsim?
  • #44
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    Apparently minorities are making poor choices when it comes to cigarettes so the government will step in and help them with better choices. How crazy is that?
  • #32
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    go ahead,there is already a black market here in ca that avoids taxes,do this and that market will just increase.
  • #26
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    This whole "nanny" state B.S. needs to go off the table. It is not like the representatives of cigarette companies holding a gun to kids heads, forcing them tp smoke. Banning...make it illegal, go right ahead. While you're at it, prohibit alcohol too. You would figure these people would have learned by now-from the Whiskey Rebellion and the Amendment that prohibited alcohol then was later amended to allow alcohol- they just increase the people using the illegal product. Why? Because it is our nature to rebel against our government.
  • #48
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    Kids believe they are immortal. First, they think it will not happen to them. Then they think they can quit well before anything happens to them. Teens have no idea how addictive cigarettes are, by the time they realize how bad it is, they are very hooked.
  • #7
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    All cigarettes should be banned, it's a disgusting habit that has no beneficial benefits in any way shape or form. Smokers have no respect for others, the environment, or themselves, there is absolutely no place you can go without seeing cigarette butts on the ground. When you smokers care about my rights and the environment, then maybe I would care about protecting your right to stick a rolled up stick of crap in your face. Smokers, you want to protect your right to smoke? Get out from in front of GD doors, quit throwing your butts out of your car windows, quit throwing your butts on the ground next to the butt can, and for god sakes, quit smelling like you rolled in a friggen dung heap.
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  • #73
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    Interesting. I merely comment on some pro environment things to do and my comment gets removed. You insult smokers and yours stays. Interesting set of rules they have here.
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