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Tom 13

Re: Worth mentioning

I'm not sure what the situation is in the UK, but here in the US the solution I have to the smoking issues is:

1. Eliminate all tobacco specific taxes. (For those areas where it is applicable, I'd leave it in the regular sales tax regime.)

2. Eliminate all tobacco specific farming subsidies.

3. Eliminate all government regulation related to the buying and selling of tobacco, especially the bit where the tobacco companies get to hide behind government "safety" studies.

4. Let the markets and the courts sort it out.

I'm pretty sure after the courts ruled everyone involved in the tobacco selling chain was liable for lung, throat, and mouth cancers that were linked to tobacco use, it would cease to be an issue.

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