Letters to the Editor: Smoking ban about power, control

Clovis’ mayor thinks he has found a way to distance himself from the wrath of the smoking public by pawning his dirty work off on state lawmakers.

And jumping right on the bandwagon: those ever-nauseating, anti-smoking propagandists known as Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco.

Have you ever wondered why those people just want to ban smoking in certain places and not ban it altogether? Because the state makes so much money from the tax on cigarettes. If tobacco were banned, people would have to be taxed up the wazoo on something else to make up for it.

Be assured, all this hysteria has nothing to do with the “dangers” of secondhand smoke. It’s all about power and control.

All the “studies” Linda Teakell spouted in her Jan. 23 letter have been disapproved. I would like to direct her group to a Web site — forces.org — in which studies by NASA, the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency refute the secondhand smoke danger myth.

Are the Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco aware that it would take the smoke from 47,000 cigarettes to emit as many carcinogens as one gallon of gasoline? Shall we now ban all vehicles?

These people like to brandish statistics about the number of deaths “caused” by secondhand smoke. I would like for them to produce one death certificate, from anywhere, that lists the cause of death as “secondhand smoke.” Just one.

I am sick to death of being constantly bombarded with absurd hysteria by those who have nothing better to do than try to make the lives of the general populous as miserable as their own.

If this group doesn’t like the fact that I might smoke a cigarette in public, why don’t they just come on over and take it away from me (as Walter Williams so eloquently put it), instead of enlisting the jack-booted thugs to do it for them.

I, for one, will not go quietly.

Glenda Bly
Farwell

Marijuana should be regulated like tobacco
Liquor and tobacco merchants ask customers for identification. Drug dealers do not.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of high school students nationwide have used marijuana one or more times during their lifetime. Compare this with the Netherlands — which regulates marijuana — where only 28 percent of students have used marijuana in their lifetime.

According to the CDC, for the first time more students nationwide are using marijuana than cigarettes.

A recent survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that nearly 90 percent of high school seniors said marijuana is “very easy” or “fairly easy” to get. This figure has remained steady since 1975, when the study was first conducted.

I agree with Iowa Drug Czar Marvin Van Haaften: Marijuana should be regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco.

Scott Palmer
Clovis