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Category: tobacco
April 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Raising the smoking age: Gives time to educate teenagers

As a high-school student, I’d like to applaud the attempt at raising the tobacco-buying age [“Raise tobacco-buying age to 21, county boards asks Legislature,” Local News, April 23]. It’s supported by Pat Godfrey’s story: Even after quitting smoking, he still got cancer years later. Knowing this is very common, we need to make a…

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March 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

E-cigarettes: Much safer than cigarettes, don’t tax them

The editorial “Put heat on e-cigarettes and ‘vaping’ ” [Opinion, March 6] suggests that we should tax e-cigarettes because they represent a health hazard to teens. The problem with this logic is that the risk profiles of incinerated cigarettes and vapor cigarettes are not even on the same plane. A 2011 study in the Journal…

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March 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Washington state high-school students more likely to use pot than cigarettes

Less tobacco use is positive Statistics showing that Washington state high-school students would rather smoke weed than tobacco should not be viewed so harshly [“Teens more likely to use pot than cigarettes,” NWFriday, March 15]. The fact that teens are using tobacco less is in itself extremely positive and should be celebrated, regardless of what else…

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June 19, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Tobacco regulation

Leave government out of quitting smoking addiction Smoking and other addictions are misunderstood by the public and distorted by those in authority. Any addiction is genetic and hereditary with painful origins. The Food and Drug Administration cannot change a disease. It is not God. If children see their parents or friends suppressing their inner pain by smoking,…

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June 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tobacco regulation

Pending tobacco bill leaves much to be desired Continuing news articles and editorials ["Big tobacco finally loses," editorial, June 12] in The Seattle Times have given an undeservedly favorable slant to a very troublesome, even unhealthy, piece of legislation. The Food and Drug Administration bill awaiting the presidential signature contains so many questionable and even incorrect components…

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June 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Tobacco regulation

It’s not the only product taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize Editor, The Times: In ["Big tobacco finally loses," editorial, June 12], you argued that “there is no good reason for taxpayers to continue to subsidize [tobacco production].” I agree. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the production of a product that has led to people living unhealthy lifestyles….

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