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by Ross Nordeen

[This letter was published in Florida Today on Tuesday, June 9, 1998]

Your recent editorial is a classic example of trying to have it both ways. On the one hand, you claim that 297,108 people currently under the age of 18 will die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses, and on the other you claim that anyone who doesn't want to foot the $600 billion bill should just quit.

How can Florida Today believe that tobacco is so addictive that teen-agers will smoke until they die and simultaneously believe that "it isn't rocket science to quit"?

It is definitely about money, not protecting kids. The politicians and trial lawyers are all salivating at getting a piece of the $600 billion.


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