Cigarette ban at pharmacies won't work

Cigarette ban at pharmacies won't work

The looney birds and do-gooders are at it again. Let's ban the sale of cigarettes at stores that have pharmacies in them. The sponsor of this bill does not know diddly squat about smokers.

The only thing that this bill will accomplish is to kill a number of small stores and probably add more people to the unemployment field. It will not stop one person from buying tobacco products. Even if this stupid idea worked, the state would be crying very quickly over the loss of tobacco tax. Results: more taxes on nonsmokers.

I am sure that Rep. Katherine Kazarian's lips have never held a cigarette. In a way, that's too bad. Had she ever smoked, she would understand why her bill is a very bad idea. I know, I quit the habit Feb. 28, 1973, when I smoked my last cigarette after the 11 p.m., channel 10 newscast. I know that date but I'd have trouble telling you my children's birthdays. I even spent the next four years as a volunteer with the Rhode Island Interagency Council on Smoking running stop-smoking clinics.

Rep. Kazarian, Rhode Island has much greater problems than pharmacies selling tobacco products. Rhode Island is in last place in just about everything that is important. Stop wasting your time and energy on the unimportant and look to those things that really need doing. Things that will keep Rhode Island business working.

Fred H. Deusch

North Providence