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Your Views: Why run story that glorifies tobacco in Edgerton?

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August 7, 2013

Why would any publication promote the tobacco industry on their front page? I realize that tobacco is a cash crop in this part of the state, but why put the story on Page One (Aug. 2)? Somehow being happy that the farmers are changing tobacco strains to get more of the market seems terribly counterproductive.

Will you run a story from the American Cancer Society? How about including statistics that show the cost of tobacco in lost work time, the cost of medical treatment, the effects of secondhand smoke, the cost that people on fixed incomes pay for cigarettes?

I started smoking when I was 14 and finally quit when I reached 40. Yes, there are days when cigarette smoke smells wonderful, but there are also days when it’s nauseating. It’s hard enough to quit; why glorify it as a “better cash crop” than chewing tobacco?

LAUREL HEFTY

Albany



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